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What is the Meaning of Life? Start with These 10 Quotes

By Mormon.org
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In a world where material wealth, fleeting fame, self-obsession, and instant gratification rule the airways and threaten our peace, it can be difficult to determine the real meaning of life. Lehi, a Book of Mormon prophet, taught his son the purpose of this life. Said he, “Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). But what is joy and where can we find it? Joy is not temporary pleasure or the absence of pain. Rather, joy is a deep sense of peace and happiness that comes when we understand elements of God’s plan for the destiny of His children.

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If you feel you are searching for more meaning in life, start with these 10 quotes about principles that lead to lasting joy.

The Plan of Salvation

“God has made it plain over and over again that the world was made for mankind. We are here to work out our divine destiny, according to an eternal plan that was presented to us in the great council of heaven. Our bodies have been created to accommodate our spirits, to allow us to experience the challenges of mortality and continue our eternal progression.” —Russell M. Nelson

“Making life’s decisions based on our Heavenly Father’s plan is so important. If we truly believe that we are his children and are here on earth to learn to live, by faith, the teachings and the commandments of God and his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, we will make the choices that will qualify us to one day return to live in their presence.” —M. Russell Ballard

Who We Are

“It is good to remember that you are always a child of God. This knowledge will carry you through the most difficult times in your life and will inspire you to accomplish remarkable things. … Your Heavenly Father has high aspirations for you, but your divine origin alone does not guarantee you a divine inheritance. God sent you here to prepare for a future greater than anything you can imagine.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“The truth I desire to emphasize today is that we mortals are in very deed the literal offspring of God. If men understood, believed, and accepted this truth and lived by it, our sick and dying society would be reformed and redeemed, and men would have peace here and now and eternal joy in the hereafter.” —Marion G. Romney

The Atonement of Jesus Christ

“The gospel teaches us that relief from torment and guilt can be earned through repentance. … There is no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no offense small or large which is exempt from the promise of complete forgiveness. No matter what has happened in your life, the Lord has prepared a way for you to come back if you will heed the promptings of the Holy Spirit.” —Boyd K. Packer

“Thus the promise is that in times of sorrow and affliction, if we endure and remain faithful and put our trust in him and are courageous, the Lord will visit us in our afflictions, strengthen us to carry our burdens and support us in our trials. He’ll be with us to the end of our days, lift us at the last day to greater opportunities for service, and exalt us at last with him and reunited loved ones, and he will consecrate our afflictions to our gain.” —Marion D. Hanks

The Purpose of Trials

“Difficulties can be a valuable tool in our pursuit for perfection. Adversity need have no necessary connection with failure. Proper self-management and self-discipline in all of our trials brings strength. If we are prepared, we can meet life’s challenges victoriously. We become His disciples when we continue faithfully under all circumstances—including suffering and tragedy.” —Marvin J. Ashton

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. … All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable. … It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.” —Orson F. Whitney

Obedience to Commandments

“Commandments are not given to burden or restrict us. Rather, they are guideposts from an all-wise Heavenly Father to keep us out of trouble, to bring us a fulness of happiness in this life, and to bring us safely back home to Him.” —Larry W. Gibbons

“The knowledge which we seek, the answers for which we yearn, and the strength which we desire today to meet the challenges of a complex and changing world can be ours when we willingly obey the Lord’s commandments. I quote once again the words of the Lord: ‘He that keepeth [God’s] commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things’ (D&C 93:28).” —Thomas S. Monson

The gospel of Jesus Christ provides direction for those searching for more meaning in life. Chat with a Mormon today to learn more.