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While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors. Watch these stories of faith in the everyday lives of Mormons. You can also meet Mormons here.
Our faith influences nearly every aspect of our lives. Beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ, we try to bring His teachings to life at home, at work and in our communities. Here are a few of the cultural priorities embraced by members of the Church around the world.
We are all spiritual children of a loving
Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state. As Mormons,
we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives
to serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us.
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God's Plan of Salvation
"Where did I come from and why?"
Your life didn’t begin at birth and it won’t end
at death. Before you came to earth, your spirit lived with Heavenly Father who created you.
You knew Him, and He knew and loved you. It was a happy time during which you were taught
God’s plan of happiness and the path to true joy. But just as most of us leave our home and
parents when we grow up, God knew you needed to do the same. He knew you couldn’t progress
unless you left for a while. So he allowed you to come to earth to experience the joy—as
well as pain—of a physical body.
One thing that makes this life so hard sometimes
is that we’re out of God’s physical presence. Not only that, but we can’t remember our
pre-earth life which means we have to operate by faith rather than sight. God didn’t say it
would be easy, but He promised His spirit would be there when we needed Him. Even though it
feels like it sometimes, we’re not alone in our journey.
God’s Plan for You
That doesn’t mean He expects you to be perfect.
He knows you won’t be. But He does expect that while you’re here on earth you try to the
best of your ability to be more like Him and that you learn and grow from your mistakes.
Each time you make a poor choice with painful consequences, that decision leads to
unhappiness—sometimes immediately, sometimes much later. Likewise, choosing good eventually
leads to happiness and helps you become more like Heavenly Father.
Receiving Our Physical Body
Just as God created the earth as a place for you
to live and gain experience, He created you. And gave you a body of flesh and blood in the
likeness of His glorified body. 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" (Exodus 33:11). 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
Adam and Eve Gave Us the Gift of
As God’s first children on earth, Adam and Eve
were living in their garden paradise. They didn’t feel any sorrow or pain, which might seem
nice, except that without it, they also couldn’t feel joy. They didn’t remember their
pre-earth life. If they hadn’t eaten the forbidden fruit, they would have lived like that
forever and never had children. Mankind never would have been born or the world
As we know, Adam and Eve succumbed to Satan’s
temptations to eat the fruit and disobeyed God who had commanded them not to eat from the
tree of knowledge of good and evil. As a consequence, they were separated from God’s
presence physically and spiritually—an event we refer to as the Fall. They became
mortal—just as we are—subject to sin, disease, all types of suffering, and ultimately death.
But it wasn’t all bad because they could now feel great joy. "Adam fell that men
might be; and men are, that they might have joy." (2 Nephi 2:25)
But as they were obedient to the Gospel of Jesus Christ Adam and Eve were able to receive
God’s inspiration, revelation, and even visits from heavenly messengers.
Once out of the garden, they were able to
progress and learn to become more like our Heavenly Father. In addition, they could have
children, which meant the rest of God’s spirit children (all of us) could come to Earth,
experience physical bodies, and be proven by our daily choices. Just like Adam and Eve,
there are consequences to all our choices, good or bad. Lasting happiness and progression
come from choosing to do what God wants us to do. The key word is "choosing." Generally God
does not step in and prevent us from making the poor choices Satan tempts us to make. He
will, however, offer his love, divine guidance, and warnings when we open our heart to
The Secret of Happiness
We often fall into the trap of thinking a new
car, job promotion, beauty makeover, or some level of fame will make us happy. And often
they do—for a time. But it never lasts because wealth, power, beauty and fame simply don’t
bring lasting happiness, as much as we wish they would. Rather, true happiness comes from
following Christ’s example and developing Godlike attributes such as goodness, love, justice
and mercy. It comes from serving others and helping them to follow the example and
teachings of Jesus Christ. It comes from overcoming the appetites of our human bodies and
instead following the promptings of the Spirit. It comes from working hard and having a
healthy lifestyle, friends, family, and personal achievements. Regardless of what
you do or don’t have in this life, your deepest, most lasting happiness will come from
knowing God’s plan and following it.
When Bad Things Happen
We get sick. Loved ones die. We lose our job or
home. Our spouse is unfaithful. It’s hard not to ask why God allows us to suffer so much.
Know that while God takes no pleasure in your suffering, your difficulties, regardless of
their cause, can bring you closer to Him and even make you stronger if you endure faithfully
2:2, Revelation 3:19).
It’s comforting to know that God’s Son, Jesus
Christ, suffered all things. He understands your pain and can help you through your trials.
When you have faith in God and His plan, you can be assured that there’s a purpose to all
that happens to you here on earth. Our time here is short compared to our eternal life. As
the Lord told Joseph Smith during a period of intense suffering:
Coping with calamities can strengthen you and
make you more compassionate. It can help you learn, grow and want to serve others. Dealing
with adversity is one of the chief ways you’re tested and tutored in your life here on
Earth. Our loving Heavenly Father has the ability to compensate us for any injustices we 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 (1 Corinthians
2:9). Amazingly, with God’s help you can experience joy even in times of trial,
and face life’s challenges with a spirit of peace.
Your mistakes might be as simple as hurting your
friend’s feelings, or a sin far more serious. Seeing the pain we’ve caused and feeling the
misery of remorse, shame and guilt can sometimes be overwhelming and devastating. We wonder
if we can ever overcome our mistakes and feel the peace of being forgiven. We unequivocally
can, because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the process of repentance. We can confess
our sins to God and ask His forgiveness. And he’s promised that He’ll "remember
them no more" (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42). It works because Heavenly Father
sent his son, Jesus Christ, to voluntarily suffer and pay for our sins and sorrows by
atoning for them Himself. 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 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 (Alma
However, His mental and spiritual anguish went
well beyond the pains of the cross. The Savior tells us, "For behold, I . . . have
suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer . . . even as I" (Doctrine and Covenants
In addition to asking God’s forgiveness, He also
wants us to ask forgiveness of those we’ve harmed, see if we can repair the damage, and
promise not to repeat the same mistakes. Then we can move forward feeling God’s love and the
incredible peace and joy that come from being fully forgiven.
To make His Atonement fully effective in your
life, you need to:
Exercise faith in Him.
Receive the Holy Ghost.
Choose to follow His teachings for the rest of
"What Happens When I Die?"
Picture your hand inside a glove. The glove
moves only when your hand does. Take your hand out and the glove sits lifeless on the table.
This is an easy way to visualize what happens when you die. Imagine your body is the glove
being operated by who you really are—your spirit. When you die your body gets left behind,
lifeless like a glove, but your spirit lives forever.
Countless scriptures and personal accounts by
prophets throughout time have told us this is true.
When you’re the one left behind—the one losing a
friend or loved one—the pain of that loss is very real. But there’s a lot of comfort in
knowing you’ll see him or her again. And because of Christ’s death, at some point our spirit
and body will be reunited (resurrected) and made perfect never to be separated
Immortality—One of God’s Greatest
Most of us would probably say we want to live
forever. That’s exactly what God gave to each of us when He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to
earth to die for us and to atone for our sins. It’s called resurrection and everyone born on
earth, even wicked people, will receive this gift of immortality (1 Corinthians
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 Christ’s friends went to visit
His tomb, angels said, "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said"
"Will I go to heaven?"
Yes! God will judge all men fairly and reward
them appropriately with a place within His kingdom.