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Mortality: the Meaning of Life

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What is the meaning of life? This third part of the Plan of Salvation, mortality, or the time we live on the earth, will explain the purpose of life and why we are here.

To Obtain a Physical Body:

In the Premortal Existence we existed as spirits and did not have a physical body. A large part of God's plan (explained in "The Creation, the Fall, and Birth") was for us, God's spirit children, to obtain a physical body. Being born on earth and receiving our individual bodies is vital to our exaltation because without a physical body we cannot progress; we cannot become as our Father in Heaven. This is what God wants for us, he wants us to progress and return to live with him. We learn this in the Book of Moses:
"For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39)

But Satan and his followers, who rebelled against God, did not receive physical bodies and will never progress towards eternal life and exaltation.

To Become Like God:

In order to become like our Father in Heaven we must first understand who he is. (See the article, "God, the Eternal Father.") We can accomplish this through several means:The prophet Joseph Smith said, "If you wish to go where God is, you must be like God, or possess the principles which God possesses, for if we are not drawing towards God in principle, we are going from Him and drawing towards the devil." ("Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith," p. 216)

To Be Tried and Tested:

When we are born on earth our spirits pass through a veil of forgetfulness (called the veil) and we are unable to remember our premortal existence. This block on our memory is a necessary part of mortality because it allows us to truly be tested, to see if we will choose good over evil.

Mortality is the time for us to prepare to meet God. It is during this time that we must overcome temptations, face trials, and prove ourselves faithful servants. This principle is taught in the Book of Abraham:
"And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;

"And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them," (Abraham 3:24-25)

Also see the following articles: "Trials of our Faith" and "Temptations and Trials."

To Develop Faith in Jesus Christ:

Faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel. It is the most basic principle because it is necessary to our salvation. Developing faith in Jesus takes constant study, prayer, and a desire to follow His teachings. The apostle Paul taught about the necessity of having faith in Christ:

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him," (Hebrews 11:6.)

To Establish Eternal Family Relationships:

In the beginning Heavenly Father gave Eve to Adam and commanded them to have children. This family unit, as established by God, was designed to give us the experiences we need in order to become heavenly parents in the eternities. Through obedience to God's commandments we can have an eternal family.

In "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," the First Presidency and 12 Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children."

Death is a Part of Life:

But what about death? What happens when we die? Continue reading to learn how Death is a part of life.
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