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Discovering Your Life's Purpose

By Mormon.org
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Sometimes, when we get caught up in the thick of things, stopping to think about the purpose behind our actions can get overlooked. As we live our busy lives and shuffle from one hurried errand or activity to another, the same principle can be true.

Have you thought about your life’s purpose lately? Chances are, you haven’t. Most people don’t on a regular basis. But having a clear and solid understanding of why you are living your life the way you are can give you peace, clarity, and solace—both in hard times and in times of serenity.

Here are three tips for considering your own personal purpose:

  • Look inward
    • Everyone has been blessed with unique talents and characteristics and has a unique destiny and role to play in the grand scheme of the world. Look inward to see what gifts and talents you've been given and how you can change the world for the better.
  • Prayerfully ask God
    • He has a plan for you. You may already understand the basic purpose of your life, but He can enlighten your understanding and inspire you to greater knowledge of what you can do and how you can bless the lives of those around you.
  • Study the scriptures
    • The scriptures are the word of God, and through the stories and doctrine found in the scriptures, God has given us a guidebook on what life is all about and how to live and find your purpose.

Beyond your own unique purpose on earth, we believe God has a plan for all of His children, including you and me, that can guide our understanding and give more meaning to our lives. The basic tenets of God’s plan for us look like this: 

  • God is our Father
    • God is the Father of our spirits. We were created in His image, and we have a divine nature and destiny.
  • We lived with God
    • Before we were born, we lived with God, and all of us on earth are literally brothers and sisters in the family of God.
  • Earth life is a part of God's plan
    • Our life on earth is part of God's plan for us to gain a physical body and learn to choose between good and evil.
  • Jesus Christ is the way
    • God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and show us the way to live according to God’s plan.
  • We can find happiness
    • Following God’s plan is the easiest and most sure way to find happiness and endure life’s challenges.
  • We can live with God again
    • Our lives do not end when we die. Our future life is determined by the way we live now.

To learn more about God’s plan for His children or your own personal purpose, click here.