Where did I come from? Did I exist before this life?
Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation You Lived with God
Your life did not begin at birth, nor will it end at death. You have a spirit body (sometimes called the soul) and a physical body. Heavenly Father created your spirit, and you lived with Him as a spirit before you received your physical body and were born on earth. This period is called pre-earth life[Pre-earth life: Our life before we were born on this earth. In our pre-earth life, we lived in the presence of our Heavenly Father as His spirit children. We did not have a physical body.]or premortal life [Premortal Life:The life of the spirit children of God prior to their birth into mortality; sometimes referred to as “pre-existence."]
Throughout your pre-earth life, you were taught the principles and commandments[Commandment: Instructions given by God to His children to prepare them for eternal life in the world to come.] that would lead to happiness, with freedom to choose to grow in intelligence and love of the truth, or not. During this pre-earth life, Jesus Christ, was chosen as the Savior and you learned that, through Him, you would be able to overcome the effects of any wrong choices.
God’s purpose—His work and His glory—is to bring to pass the immortality (resurrection) and eternal life (life with God) of His children. He desires every one of His children to find peace in this life and a fulness of joy in His presence after this life. Heavenly Father knew that you could only progress to a certain point without the experience of mortality. In order to become more like Him, you would need to:
Receive a physical body.
Thus, God our Father is the creator of our spirits, and we are created in His likeness physically.
Gain experience from overcoming trials and temptations.
Learn to walk by faith.
Learn to choose between good and evil.
Thus, your Heavenly Father instituted His plan to help you reach your divine potential.
Does God have more for me?
Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation Heaven and Eternal Reward
Heaven is the place where God lives and the future home of those who follow Him. Heavenly Father’s hope is for all of His children to return to live with Him, through the plan He provided and by the grace [ Grace: It is through the grace of the Lord Jesus, made possible by his atoning sacrifice, that mankind will be raised in immortality, every person receiving his body from the grave in a condition of everlasting life. It is likewise through the grace of the Lord that individuals, through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts.] of the Jesus Christ.
After you are resurrected, you will be judged and rewarded for the things you have done in this life. Your loving Heavenly Father is anxious to reward all of His children according to their obedience to His commandments and their willingness to follow the Savior.
Those who are worthy to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” of all that the Father has. They will return to live with Heavenly Father and with their families in His eternal glory.
Those who choose not to follow our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will receive a reward according to what they have done in this life, but they will not enjoy the glory of living in the presence of God.
Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of deepest sorrow. But death does not need to be the end of your relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” .
Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred sealing ordinances performed in God’s holy temples.
After you are judged, you will live in a state of glory. Because everyone’s works and righteous desires vary, heaven includes different kingdoms, or degrees of glory.
Does God really know me?
The Restoration of Truth God is your loving Heavenly Father
God is your Father in Heaven (Matthew 6:9).. We call God Heavenly Father because He is the Father of our spirits and we are created in His image.
God has a body that looks like yours, though His body is immortal, perfected, and has a glory beyond description. He knows you personally and loves you more than you can comprehend. To help you find happiness in this life and guide you to return to live with Him, Heavenly Father provided a plan called the gospel of Jesus Christ, a guide based on the life and teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ.
From the beginning, Heavenly Father has called prophets to testify, record His word, and provide His plan for His children on the earth. The teachings of prophets are found in sacred books called scriptures.
Your Heavenly Father knows you and loves you and wants to help you return to Him. Your life on Earth is part of His plan for you to gain a body, learn, grow, and find joy. Sometimes life is hard, lonely, or frightening, but your Heavenly Father is always there. He sorrows when you suffer and rejoices when you do what is right. He wants to communicate with you as you sincerely pray to Him, and He stands ready to give you comfort, peace, and guidance in your life.
Jesus Christ taught that you must know the only true God to have eternal life (John 17:3). As His child, you must know who He is and what He is like to find greater peace and joy, both in this life and in the life to come.
I lived before birth?
Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation The Creation
Under the direction of the Father, Jesus Christ created the earth as a place for you to live and gain experience. To progress and become like God, you had to obtain a body and be tested during a time of probation on the earth. While on the earth, you are out of God’s physical presence and do not remember your pre-earth life. Therefore, you must walk by faith rather than by sight.
Not only did God create the earth, He also created man physically in His image. And what is the image of God as revealed in the scriptures. In the Old Testament God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26). Jacob declared that he had seen God "face to face" ( Genesis 32:30). Moses also spoke with God "face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend" .
In the New Testament, when the resurrected Christ appeared to His Apostles, He told them, “Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” ( Luke 24:39). Later Stephen testified that he saw Jesus “standing on the right hand of God” .
Does God care about my suffering?
Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation The Atonement of Jesus Christ
Because Heavenly Father loves us, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to voluntarily suffer and pay for your sins, pains, sicknesses, and sorrows. Through His grace and the mercy of this Atonement—the most important event in the history of the world—He can help you in your trials and relieve you of the guilt and shame that result from your sins.
As you rely on the Atonement, you will feel the love of God and He will help you endure your trials. You will experience joy, peace, and consolation through the mercy of your loving Heavenly Father.
Though He paid for your sins, Jesus did not eliminate your agency or personal responsibility; He will not make you clean against your will.
To make His Atonement fully effective in your life, you must:
Exercise faith in Him.
Receive the Holy Ghost.
Choose to follow His teachings for the rest of your life.
We can’t fully understand how Jesus suffered for our sins. But we know that in the Garden of Gethsemane, the weight of our sins caused Him to feel such agony that He bled from every pore ( Luke 22:39–44) .
Later, as He hung upon the cross, Jesus willingly suffered painful death by one of the cruelest methods ever known.
The Savior tells us, “For behold, I . . . have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer . . . even as I” .
You can be forgiven of your sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ by the process of repentance.
To sincerely repent, you must:
Confess the sin to both God and anyone who has been harmed by your sin.
Ask forgiveness from God and from anyone you have harmed.
When possible, repair the damage you have done.
Forsake your sins.
Strive to keep the commandments.
True repentance brings peace and forgiveness. God has promised, “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” .
What's my relationship with Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ: Our Savior Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Under the direction of your Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the new earth . Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ overcame death for you. Everyone, the righteous and wicked alike, will receive the gift of resurrection. When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will serve as the final Judge.
Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to return to live with Him when you die. This is only possible through the Savior Jesus Christ.
Through the Atonement—performed by Jesus Christ with His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by His suffering and the voluntary surrender of His life on the cross–He saves you from your sins as you sincerely repent and follow Him.
Jesus Christ lived a perfect life while on the earth, approximately 2,000 years ago. Leading by example, He taught how to pray and how to humbly serve others, and He demonstrated the manner in which all should be baptized.
If you follow His example as closely as possible, you will not only find joy in your life, but you will someday return to live with Him and your Father in Heaven. Specifically, you are to:
Have faith in Him ( Mark 11:22–24).
Repent of your sins ( Acts 2:38).
Receive baptism ( John 3:3–6), the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the other ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Keep His commandments ( John 14:15).
Today, as in the days of Jesus Christ, there are certain principles of the gospel that people are to learn to obey.
The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are:
First, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins.
Fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
How can I feel closer to God?
Membership in the Church Teaching and Learning in the Church
The Church of Jesus Christ is organized to perfect and bless the lives of the members. It provides opportunities to teach one another the gospel, fellowship and serve one another, and support one another in the quest for salvation. In the family and through the Church, members are taught the doctrines of the gospel. When members are called to teaching assignments, they are provided materials to enable them to succeed.
The Church emphasizes the importance of continued secular and spiritual education. The Church Educational System serves as the umbrella for all education programs of the Church, including Church-owned universities and colleges, institutes of religion, and seminary programs worldwide.
“Glory of God is intelligence, . . . light and truth' , If we have a motto, that is it.”
What's the purpose of my life?
Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation Your Life on Earth
You have a divine mission in Heavenly Father’s plan. You came to earth to receive a body and to gain knowledge and experience to help you become more like your Heavenly Father. Specifically, He wants you to learn to control your body, to choose right over wrong, and to walk by faith in Jesus Christ.
Knowing that you could not progress continually if you remained in the pre-mortal world, Heavenly Father sent you to Earth, much as a parent sends a child to school.
Lessons you must learn here in mortality include how to:
Be humble, obedient, and kind.
Love and serve Him and His children.
Devote your life to doing good and helping His other children to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Overcome the appetites of the flesh and follow the promptings of the spirit.
You make many choices every day. Whatever you choose—good or bad—you also choose, knowingly or not, the consequences of your choices. Lasting happiness and progression come from choosing to do what God wants you to do.
Heavenly Father knew that sometimes you would make incorrect choices, so He provided a way for you to overcome your mistakes and weaknesses through the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. Through Christ’s Atonement you can repent and be forgiven of your poor choices and learn from them.
Many aspects of life bring happiness and some bring sorrow. These experiences help you learn to distinguish between good and evil and to make correct choices. God influences you to do good and to follow Him, while Satan tempts you to ignore God and commit sin. When you choose to follow God and keep His commandments, you grow in wisdom and strength of character. You can experience joy even in times of trial, and you can face life’s challenges with a spirit of peace.
Many people define happiness as possessing things that, of themselves, cannot bring lasting happiness—such as wealth, power, beauty, and fame. From an eternal perspective, true happiness comes from developing attributes such as goodness, love, justice, and mercy. It comes from serving God and others and from preparing to live with your Father in Heaven again. Heavenly Father knows that many things contribute to your happiness—such as work, a healthy lifestyle, friends, family, and personal achievement, and He may choose to bless you with these things. Regardless of what you do or don’t have in this life, however, your deepest, most lasting happiness will come from knowing God’s plan and following it.
Have you ever wondered why God allows all of the suffering in the world? Why it is that even the innocent or those who are trying to do good are subjected to pain, sickness, tragedy, and death? Perhaps even you or your family are experiencing or have experienced severe trials.
God has a plan for your life, and He knows and understands you. As part of that plan, you came to this earth and are subject to natural and physical laws. You are also subject to the consequences of sin and the results of choices made by you and by others, and God will not thwart His children’s ability to choose good or evil. Yet, no matter what happens, you are a child of God and He loves you. He knows everything you go through and wants you to know that your time on this earth is just a small part of your eternal life.
God takes no pleasure in your suffering, but He knows that difficulties, regardless of their cause, can bring His children closer to Him and can make them stronger as they endure faithfully. His Son, Jesus Christ, suffered all things. When you turn to Him you can be assured that He understands and can help you through your trials with His love and direction. When you have faith in God and His plan, you can be assured that there is purpose in all that happens to you here on this earth. Coping with calamities can strengthen you and call forth compassion, helping you learn, grow, and serve others. Dealing with adversity is one of the chief ways in which you are tested and tutored in mortality. Our loving Heavenly Father has the ability to compensate us for any injusticeswe may be called upon to endure in this mortal life. If we endure faithfully he will reward us beyond our ability to comprehend in the life to come.
Does God answer my questions?
Membership in the Church Pray Often
There are so many voices telling you what to do and how to think that it’s easy to become confused. You may be comforted knowing that your Heavenly Father loves you and has not left you alone. By turning to God in prayer, you can find answers to your questions and meaning in your life’s experiences, no matter how difficult they may seem.
You can pray at any time and in any setting. The Lord has taught that you should kneel and pray in the morning and in the evening, as an individual and with your family. Your Heavenly Father hears and answers your prayers in ways that are best for you. As you pray daily with faith, sincerity and real intent, you will see God’s influence in your life as you receive divine guidance and blessings. He may warn you of danger or strengthen you to resist temptation. He forgives your sins as you repent and will allow you to feel closer to Him.
While on earth, Jesus Christ taught His disciples how to pray. Prayer should begin by addressing our Father in Heaven and end with the statement “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” In prayer, you may speak openly and honestly with your loving Father in Heaven. You can express gratitude and thanksgiving for your blessings, acknowledge your love for Him, and ask for help, protection, and direction according to your needs. Prayer is not complicated. You can pray anytime, anywhere—out loud or silently—with perfect confidence that God will hear you
Because God often answers prayers through the Holy Spirit, it is important to learn to recognize the inspired feelings and thoughts that can come to you through prayer. You can feel when the Holy Spirit is teaching you the truth by learning to recognize the still, small voice of the Spirit. When your mind is filled with inspiring and uplifting thoughts and you are enlightened, or given new knowledge, that is the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the truth to you.
God does not always answer immediately, and sometimes the answer may be “wait a while.” Other times, the answer to your prayer may be “no” because what you have asked for would not be best for you. You will not receive a warm, peaceful feeling at these times, but may instead feel doubt or confusion or a stupor of thought. Remember that your vision is limited, but God’s is not. As the ultimate source of truth, God will never lead you astray. He loves you and He is anxious to help you as you turn to Him in faithful prayer. Sometimes answers come through His Spirit—which gives you feelings or thoughts and ideas—or He may answer your prayers through other people or the scriptures. Your prayers will always be answered at a time and in a way that Heavenly Father knows will help you the most.
God expects you to do your part to receive answers to your prayers. Work out solutions and present your intended decisions to God. Your obedience to His commandments will influence your ability to receive answers to prayer. Often God gives you the ability to help answer your own prayers. As you pray for help, you should do all you can to bring about your righteous desires.
A simple prayer should follow four basic steps:
Address God as “Father in Heaven” or “Heavenly Father.”
Thank Him for the things for which you are grateful.
Ask Him for what you need.
Jesus is the Mediator between us and Heavenly Father, so close your prayer by saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
Call your Angels and Saints to pray along with you to "Heavenly Father".
Fundamentalists challenge the Catholic practice of asking saints and angels to pray for us. But the Bible directs us to invoke [ To call on (a higher power) forassistance] the angels (Ps. 103:20-21, 148:1-2), and the Fathers show it is part of our faith to invoke also the saints, who offer our prayers to God in the form of heavenly incense (Rev. 5:8; cf. 8:3)
"But not the high priest [Christ] alone prays for those who pray sincerely, but also the angels . . . as also the souls of the saints who have already fallen asleep" (On Prayer 11 [A.D. 233]).
Are there prophets today?
The Restoration of Truth Heavenly Father Reveals His Gospel to All
Throughout history God has revealed His gospel through prophets, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Peter and others, and has endowed them with divine authority, which is priesthood, to speak and act in His name. These prophets teach the people the gospel and direct His Church. They teach and testify about the character of God and the special mission of Jesus Christ, inviting all to partake of the blessings of the gospel.
You can find the testimonies of prophets in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Through revelation from God, the Old Testament prophets knew that the Savior Jesus Christ would come to the earth. These prophets knew that the Savior would come to provide the way for all of us to return to our Father in Heaven, and they recorded their witnesses for us to study and to pray about so that we can have faith in Jesus Christ.
The New Testament records the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and contains the words of prophets and apostles who were witnesses that He is the Son of God. John the Baptist was a prophet who prepared the way of the Savior. Peter, James, John, and the other Apostles also testified of Him. As you read the accounts of these prophets and apostles, your understanding and faith in Jesus Christ will grow.
Those who follow the prophets receive the blessings God has promised, while those who reject the gospel and God's prophets loose those blessings and distance themselves from God—placing them in spiritual darkness, which eventually leads to a condition called apostasy [Apostasy: 1. A condition of spiritual withdrawal from our Father in Heaven. 2. A period of time when the priesthood and the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness were not on the earth] . Widespread apostasy occurs when God's priesthood authority to teach and administer the ordinances of the gospel is withdrawn.
The scriptures record the pattern wherein God repeatedly reaches out to His children by revealing His gospel through a prophet, who in turn teaches the people. Some people follow, then become disobedient; others reject it outright. The Lord then takes away His priesthood and the gospel is lost. When there are those prepared to follow Him again, the Lord reveals anew His gospel and restores His priesthood. Such periods when prophets are commanded to teach the gospel, often involving a restoration, are called dispensations [ Dispensations: Dispensations are time periods in which the Lord has at least one authorized person on the earth who bears the holy priesthood and the keys, and who has a divine commission to dispense the gospel to the inhabitants of the earth ]. The periods of time headed by a prophetic leader, such as Adam, Enoch, Noah, Moses and so forth, are called dispensations.
The divine truths your Heavenly Father desires you to know have been restored by God for the final time—never to be removed from the earth again— As Moses and other biblical prophets received revelation from God - saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ and was chosen to testify of Them and to restore the gospel and His Church.
Just as God led the Israelites out of slavery and to a better place through His prophet Moses, He leads His children today into happier, more peaceful lives when they choose to follow Jesus Christ by following His living prophet. You are invited to read or listen to the words of living prophets and consider how knowing God's will can benefit your life.
Does God have more to teach us?
The Commandments Study the Scriptures
From the beginning, the Lord has commanded His prophets to keep records of His revelations [Revelation:The making known of divine truths by communication from God.] and His dealings with His children. These sacred records, recorded by the prophets under the influence of the Holy Ghost, are called scriptures. You demonstrate faith by studying, believing, and obeying God’s revealed word and diligently searching the scriptures to understand the truth. As you feast upon the scriptures, they will teach you about Jesus Christ and His gospel and will open the door to revelation, showing you what you need to do and become.
The approved scriptures of the Church, also called the standard works, is the Holy Bible.
The Church recognizes the following book as scripture:
The Bible, a collection of sacred writings containing God’s revelations and accounts of His dealings with His children and testifying of Jesus Christ. The historical accounts in the Bible cover many centuries, from the time of Adam through the death of the Apostles. The books of the Bible were written by and about prophets who lived at various times in the history of the world.
By studying these books daily, you will gain increased faith in Jesus Christ, will grow more like your Father in Heaven, and will be better able to live righteously. The scriptures will bring you more joy, hope, and understanding of God’s plan and your place in it.
Jesus Christ invites you to “feast” upon His words, which implies more than casually reading the scriptures. It means to study them, ponder them, compare verses, learn passages by heart, treasure them, and delight in them. As you feast upon the scriptures, asking God for understanding, the Holy Ghost will let you know they are true.
Does life have to be painful?
The Commandments Obedience to God’s Commandments
God gives you commandments for your benefit, as they are instructions on how to have a happy and productive life. The more you learn about and love God, the more you will desire to do His will (John 14:21) . Once you understand the commandments, you must have the courage to obey Him, even if it means giving up something you want very much. Your loving Heavenly Father will bless you for your obedience with “peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come”.
God has given you agency—the ability and opportunity to choose between good and evil. When you obey God by following the influence of the Spirit and choosing to conform to His will, you demonstrate your love for Him. Disobedience will bring you sorrow.
Heavenly Father knows your weaknesses and is patient with you. He will bless you as you strive to obey His commandments.
God revealed to Moses the Ten Commandments to guide His people:
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”.
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”.
“Honour thy father and thy mother”.
“Thou shalt not kill”.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”.
“Thou shalt not steal”.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”.
“Thou shalt not covet”.
The Ten Commandments are still valid today, and they teach everyone to worship and show reverence for God and how to treat one another. Obeying the Ten Commandments blesses individuals, families, and communities.
What happens to people who've never heard of Jesus Christ?
Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation Life after Death
From an earthly perspective, physical death may seem like an end, though it is really a step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan. At the time of physical death, your spirit will leave your body and go to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress. In the spirit world, your memories of this life and the knowledge you have gained on Earth will remain with you.
Death will not change your personality or your desire for good or evil. If you choose to follow Jesus Christ during your life on Earth, you will be at peace in the spirit world. Those who choose not to follow Christ and do not repent will be unhappy.
Heavenly Father knew that many of His children would never have an opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ during their lives and that others would choose not to follow Him. Because He loves His children and is just, God provided a way for those in the spirit world to learn about His plan, have faith in Jesus Christ, and repent. Those who choose to accept and follow Jesus Christ will have peace and rest.
Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This reuniting is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. You will remain in the spirit world until you are resurrected.
Isn't everyone searching for truth?
The Commandments Follow the Prophet
Truth is a knowledge of things as they really are, were, and will be. It does not change with conditions or time. Thus, it is the same in every age and culture. God is the source of all truth and wants all of His children to know the truth; thus, He reveals the truths necessary for salvation through prophets and apostles. He can reveal truth to you personally through the scriptures and personal revelation.
Christ’s Church has always been built on the foundation of apostles and prophets, who direct the Church by revelation. His successors who lead The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today are also prophets and apostles. The Pope of the Church today is a living prophet.
A prophet is a righteous man with great faith who is called and chosen by God. The Lord reveals truth to him through the Holy Spirit and commands His prophet to teach truth to all people. Those who believe God’s words, as revealed through His prophet, are blessed.
You are asked to have faith in God’s chosen prophet, gain conviction of his divine calling, and follow his teachings. You must prepare yourself so that when the prophets and apostles speak, the Holy Ghost can confirm the truths they teach and you can then determine to follow the counsel they give you.
We have frequent opportunities to sustain Church leaders publicly. Those who listen to and follow the counsel of living prophets and apostles will not go astray.
The teachings of living prophets provide an anchor of eternal truth in a world of shifting values and help you avoid misery and sorrow. The confusion and strife of the world will not overwhelm you if you follow the prophets, and you can enjoy the assurance of being in harmony with God’s will.
How can I know this is true?
The Restoration of Truth How can I know this is true?
Your Heavenly Father is the source of all truth. He loves you and wants to answer your questions. Therefore, He will help you recognize the truth as you sincerely seek it and ask Him for guidance. You can know if the things you are learning are true if you ask your Heavenly Father in prayer. He desires for you to know the truth, and you can receive an answer from Him through the Holy Spirit. As taught in the Bible, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance”. These feelings from the Holy Spirit are personal revelation to you that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true. You will then need to choose whether you will live in harmony with the knowledge you have received.
As the Savior taught in the Bible, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you ( Matthew 7:7).
You can discover for yourself that what you’ve been learning is true by:
Sincerely praying to your Heavenly Father and asking Him if what you are learning is true.
Continuing to study and give thoughtful consideration to what you are learning.
Listening with your heart for the Holy Ghost to whisper the truth to you.
Following God’s commandments so you can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost.
What's missing in my life?
The Restoration of Truth The Gospel Blesses Families and Individuals
God has established families to bring happiness to His children, allow them to learn correct principles in a loving atmosphere, and prepare them to return to Him after they die. Because families are ordained of God, they are the most important social unit in time and in eternity.
Marriage (Genesis 2:18) and family ( Genesis 1:28) are central focal points in God’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. Your Heavenly Father wants you to do all you can during your time on Earth to prepare yourself to live in an eternal family.
Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on sound principles, like those that Jesus Christ taught. These principles include faith in Jesus Christ, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. A home established on gospel principles is a place of refuge and safety, where the Spirit of the Lord can abide, blessing family members with peace, joy, and happiness.
No marriage or family is perfect. When dealing with challenging relationships, it may help to remember that each person on this earth is a beloved son or daughter of God and has a divine nature and destiny. Learning to love and serve your family members, as Christ taught, will help you become more like your Heavenly Father and will help you prepare to live with Him again in an eternal family.
Will I be with my family after death?
Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation Resurrection and Judgment
One of the great gifts of God to all who come to Earth is the Resurrection, which is made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. On the third day after His Crucifixion, Jesus Christ became the first person to be resurrected. His spirit was reunited with His glorified, perfected body and He could no longer die.
When Jesus Christ’s friends went to visit His tomb, they found angels there who told them, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said” (Matthew 28:6) .
This reuniting of body and spirit is called resurrection, and everyone who is born on earth, whether they are righteous or wicked, will be given this gift of immortality.
Eternal life is not the same as immortality. Eternal life is a gift of God given only to those who obey His gospel. It is the highest state that we can achieve, and it comes to those who are freed from sin and suffering through the Atonement of Christ. It is exaltation—living with God forever in eternal families. It is to know God and Jesus Christ and to experience the life They enjoy.
When your body and spirit are reunited through the Resurrection, you will be brought into God’s presence to be judged with a perfect memory of your righteousness and your guilt. You will be rewarded according to your works and your desires and, if you have repented, you will receive mercy.
God has a plan for my life?
Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation God has a plan for your life
In the scriptures God's plan is called the plan of salvation, the plan of redemption, the plan of happiness. The plan is centered on the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Throughout time, people have often pondered questions such as “Where did I come from?” “What is my purpose in life?” and “Where will I go after this life?” God has a plan for the happiness of His children: the plan of salvation, which is centered on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, you will find answers to these questions, gain lasting inner peace in this life, and earn eternal joy after death.
Before you began your life on Earth, you lived with your Heavenly Father as one of His spirit children. Although it was a joyful existence, God knew that you could not continue to progress unless you left Him for a time.
He allowed you to come to Earth, where you would gain a physical body and would have experiences that would help you to learn and grow, fulfilling the purpose of the plan of salvation: to help you become more like your Heavenly Father.
According to the plan, you could not continue to progress continually without the opportunity to enter mortality and receive a physical body. Here on earth you would have experiences that would help you learn and grow, and you would be proven to see if [you would] do all things whatsoever the Lord would command ( Abraham 3:25). The purpose of the plan is to help you become more like your Heavenly Father. The fact that you are living on Earth means that you accepted Heavenly Father’s plan and came here wanting to do all you could to receive all He has to offer.
Knowing that we would commit sin in mortality, your loving Heavenly Father provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who by His sacrifice would make it possible for all people who would comply with His gospel teachings to be forgiven through repentance and return to live with Him. Having a divine nature as a child of God, you can with the assistance and power of Christ, progress to become one day even as He is.
Understanding this eternal perspective can help you find happiness in your life, even amid trials and challenges. As a child of a loving Heavenly Father, you can view your struggles as stepping-stones bringing you closer to Him. As you ask for help and strength in earnest prayer, you can have the assurance that you are not alone. God loves you and will help you as you turn to Him.
God has blessed us with gifts to help us navigate our lives. One of the most precious gifts He has given everyone is the ability and power to make choices. Your Heavenly Father respects your freedom to choose and will never force you to choose what is right, nor will He stop you from being able to make poor choices.
He knows that whatever your choice, you are also choosing a consequence. Consequences may appear immediately or may come much later. But choosing good eventually leads to happiness, and wrong choices eventually lead to unhappiness. Heavenly Father allows you to make choices and experience their consequences so you may learn the difference between good and evil. In learning to choose good, you are creating a pattern that will help you become more like your Heavenly Father.
Motherhood is part of God's plan?
Membership in the Church Forever Families
The family is the fundamental unit of society and the primary setting in which children develop virtue. God has placed families at the center of His eternal plan for the happiness of His children.
In a family, children learn about love, trust, loyalty, cooperation, and service. They learn how to behave in a community and develop the attributes of good citizenship. The health of any society lies in the strength of its families. Thus, strengthening families will strengthen communities and nations.
Home should be a haven, free from the conflicts of the outside world—a place where everyone feels safe, respected, and accepted. Ways to facilitate this feeling of harmony in your home include:
Loving and serving one another. The Savior Jesus Christ demonstrated perfect love in His unfailing service throughout His life on Earth. Serving others teaches humility, builds self-discipline, creates unity, strengthens work ethics, and leads to greater love and compassion.
Spending quality time together.
Instituting and maintaining family home evening [ Family Home Evening:An evening set aside weekly for family activities, discussions, and instruction so that families can be free to be together ] once a week. Family home evening nights should be centered on building and maintaining family relationships. Activities can include games, songs, discussions, treats, short lessons, family stories, and so forth.
Preparing and eating meals together can stimulate conversation.
Adopting a family hobby.
Taking family vacations.
Spending time in wholesome recreational activities.
Participating in children’s schoolwork and activities by volunteering to coach, lead, or chaperone; attending sporting events, performances, and any other activities whenever possible; getting to know teachers and coaches; finding out about long-term projects or assignments and assisting with goal setting and planning.
Communicating effectively. Good communication skills can help your family express love and respect for one another and develop feelings of confidence and self-worth.
Consistently building unity with your spouse. The partnership of marriage and the resulting family are central focal points in God’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
Establishing limits for use of electronic equipment in the home. Agreeing on reasonable time limits for television, computer, video games, and other electronic equipment will facilitate stronger family communication.
Teaching children about Jesus Christ and helping them follow His example. Children need help in learning to recognize the Holy Ghost. Teaching them how to know what they are feeling is from God will help them to understand right and wrong and will aid them in making good decisions throughout their lives.
Why do we have trials?
Jesus Christ: Our Savior Enduring to the End
Once you have entered the strait and narrow path, you must exert every effort to stay on the path. You must continue to grow in understanding, exercise continual faith in Jesus Christ, repent, renew your baptismal covenants by partaking of the sacrament, and follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost. These first principles and ordinances of the gospel are a lifelong commitment, often called “enduring to the end.” By patiently and faithfully following the gospel path, you will find direction, peace, and happiness in your life, allowing you to draw closer to God and qualifying you for eternal life. You will better understand your relationship with your Father in Heaven, will feel His perfect love for you more abundantly, and will feel hope and a sense of purpose even in an unhappy and troubled world.
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Jesus Christ: Our Savior Faith in Jesus Christ
The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Having faith in Christ includes having a firm belief that He is the Only Begotten Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of the world. It means believing that He is the Son of God and that He suffered for your sins, afflictions, and infirmities. When you have faith in Christ, you accept and apply His Atonement and His teachings. Heavenly Father blesses those who have faith to obey His Son.
It is important to note that faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him; it is a principle of action and power. To have faith in God is to be willing to act on your belief in Him. Heavenly Father requires that you act with hope and trust in Him before you see a final outcome.
Having faith causes you to try as hard as you can to learn about and become more like your Savior, doing all you can to bring about what you hope and pray for. Although you may still sin, you show your love for Him by striving to keep His commandments and avoiding sin.
You can pray in faith for strength to conquer temptation or to develop faith in a particular principle, such as the Word of Wisdom or tithing, by first believing in Jesus Christ strongly enough to obey His commandments. You can help your faith grow by hearing the word of God and by reading the word of God.
As you obey God, He blesses you. He gives you power to meet life’s challenges and helps you change the desires of your heart. Through your faith in Jesus Christ, He can heal you, both physically and spiritually.