What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?
Have you ever thought there must be something more to life than just living day to day? There is—much more. Your life has a divine purpose.
God, your Heavenly Father, has prepared a marvelous plan for your happiness. When you realize that God has a plan for you, it is easier to understand why you are on this earth. God wants all of His children to progress and become more like Him. This time on Earth provides opportunities for you to grow and progress. Coming here allows you to:
- Receive a physical body.
- Exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil.
- Learn and gain experience that will help you become more like your Heavenly Father.
- Form family relationships that may become eternal.
By following our Heavenly Father’s plan, you—like all of His children—can someday return to live with Him and with your loved ones. You can have greater peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come.
I think Mormons believe the purpose of life is to remember who God is, and the more we remember and learn, the more we can put into practice. The more we put into practice, the more we are changed. The more we are changed, the happier we become. The purpose of this life is happiness! Life is sometimes hard or sad. Sometimes terrible things happen. I know this from my own life. But these experiences can be our healing as well, for the more trauma we have experienced then the more we know His healing. The more difficult times we have experienced, the more we appreciate that happiness when it comes. Hard times give us experience and bring us wisdom. No matter what happens to us, no matter our actual circumstances, God is good and wants us to be happy. If we do the work to follow His plan, it bring us back to Him... and that, ultimately, is what will make us most happy. Show more
Perhaps one of the greatest blessings I have received by being a Mormon is a concrete understanding of the purpose of life. We believe that every human being is a literal child of Heavenly Father. We lived with Him in Heaven before we were born on earth. Our purpose in life is to keep His commandments, so that we can be worthy to return to live with our Father in Heaven again after we die. We cannot be worthy without allowing the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the Savior, to cleanse us of sin. Show more
S. Oberg answered...
We came to this earth to learn, to discover and practice our agencey. and with that agencey expirience the consequenses thereof. good or bad. We came to belive, to gain faith, and to exercise that faith. We came to see if we would be obedient to Gods laws if pressured by satans influenses. But most of all, we came to gain a body grow families and discover true joy. If we are worthy to go to the temple then when this life is over, instead of a "till death do you part" you get your hapilly "eternal" after, where you and your spouse with continue together with your children next to you in pure complete joy! Show more
A lot of people asked me this question on my mission, and, on the flip side, I asked it to a lot of people as well. Many people were surprised when I read them one verse from the Book of Mormon, that being "Adam fell that men might be and men are, that they might have joy." -2 Nephi Chapter 2 Verse 25. It's simple the purpose of life is to have joy. Now, joy is not fleeting, it doesn't depart when things get rough, it doesn't have negative consequences nor connotations, and you will never be ashamed to be found having a joyful experience. I think of it this way real joy is that which you would be excited to see the Lord join you in your happiness. If it isn't worthy to be in the Lord's presence, it's probably not real joy. Real joy comes from lasting relationships like father and son, mother and daughter, husband and wife, friends that you would stay with forever from experiences which you always look back upon with a happy memory from making promises to God and keeping them from doing that which is right in the sight of the Lord. That is what real joy is, and when you feel that type of joy, you will feel the love that the Lord has for you in that very moment. Show more
The purpose of this life is to have a physical body. So we can understand true happiness and humility through the physical and emotional pains we experience. Free agency is also apart of our mortal experience. We are not forced to do anything in this life and therefore can make our own choices. Every choice we make has a consequence (positive or negative) that can either happen immediately or later on. We must be able to learn that all of our consequences are a result of our choices. This life is a preparation life for the eternities. We can learn to become more like our father in heaven by having our own families here and work towards keeping those family ties eternal. We can learn how to love and gain knowledge. Show more
The purpose of this life is to find joy. We do this through a number of ways. First of all, it is really cool having a body. Without a body, we could never learn or grow or become like our Heavenly Father. Second, we gain happiness by obeying God's laws. The scriptures say that wickedness never was happiness. So, obedience to God's laws brings happiness. Last of all, but definitely not least, our families. Our families bring us happiness in this life. I can't living in Heaven without my family, so beign eternally happy must involve my family. By being righteous in this life and doing God's will, I, with my family, can gain eternal happiness and live with God again. Show more
Oliver Meyers answered...
I have gotten this question a lot and it has been one I have always heard about but never understood it but as I learned more about our Heavenly Fathers plan for us it started to make more sense. This life it’s a time for us to be happy and grow it’s a time for us to get ready for what’s a head in our existence. This life is a time for us to get ready to meet God again and say I did follow you. I know that this life is a time for joy and the way I know to have true joy is by having a family. I know that sometimes my family can drive me crazy but that is where I have found all my joy is by helping and just living with my family. I am so excited to have a family of my own, and have a home of love and happiness where we can grow closer to each other and to our Heavenly Father. As we learn about happiness and joy we also learn about pain and misery that is just a part of this life yes it is hard and sometimes you wish it could just go away but as we learn about both we can appreciate the good from that bad. And I really think that is one of the biggest reasons we are down here is to learn. Show more
The purpose of life is simply this: To prepare to meet God. The steps to get there is where it gets a little bit more complex. We came here to earth to gain a body, through the fall of Adam and Eve we then gained the ability to choose between good and evil. This allowed us to go through trials and tests, not because God likes to see us suffer, but because He loves to see us grow and learn so that we can become more like Him. All this growth and learning is best cultivated in the family, this is where we learn best what being the parent of another life really entails, so that when we grow up (spiritually) and become like our Heavenly Father we can have all that He has and know what to do with it. Show more
In the Pearl of Great Price the Lord tells the prophet Moses that His purpose is to bring about the immortality and eternal life of man. I believe that our purpose is very similar. We are here on this earth to prove whether we are ready to progress in an immortal and eternal way. Eternal in this context does not mean "forever." It means to have a life such as God has. I can't imagine anything more glorious or important. As we experience the challenges that this life brings we can choose to be obedient to the laws that God has revealed. God promises us that these will bring us happiness and will prepare us for life eternal. Sometimes obedience brings immediate happiness, but often we continue to have pain because the trial is necessary for us to experience the true happiness that eternal life will bring. Think of it this way. As parents we could give our children everything they want and need without requiring anything of them. When they want to stay home from school we'd allow it. If they wanted to play on the Wii instead of doing the dishes we'd say sure. If they wanted to play in traffic, we'd escort them to the street. However, no good parents do these things because they understand the importance of their children learning. They also know the dangers that come from some of the choices children would likely make and so we forbid certain things (like playing in traffic). God loves us in the same way that we love our children. He has set rules like all good parents to help us learn what we need to know and to keep us safe from harm. If we do the things that God asks of us then he promises us eternal happiness because we will be like him throughout the infinite expanse of time that comes with immortality. Show more