Our purpose during our earthly life is to exercise agency, go through experiences that help us become more like our Heavenly Father, and have joy.
The following is a list of scriptures that remind us what our purpose in life is.
1. 2 Nephi 2:25—“Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy.”
One of our primary reasons for coming to this earth was that we might have joy. Having joy means that we can experience happiness as we live righteously. Even in times of trial or sadness, we can feel the hope that comes from knowing God’s plan for us.
2. Genesis 2:18—“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
Man was not created to be alone. God sent Adam to earth, and then He created Eve because God knows two are better than one. Celestial marriage is part of God’s plan for us. It helps us to be balanced, to handle our burdens, to do things we couldn’t do alone, and to build up a righteous kingdom by raising and rearing children in His Church.
3. Alma 34:32—“For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.”
This life is a time for us to be tested on our willingness to obey the commandments and strive to live with Christlike attributes, as well as prepare ourselves to meet God.
4. 3 Nephi 12:48—“Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.”
Heavenly Father wants us to become perfect like He is. We won’t be perfected in this life, but He wants us to try our best to be righteous, to keep His commandments, and to follow in Christ’s footsteps.
5. Moses 6:62—“And, behold, I say unto you: This is the plan of salvation unto all men, through the blood of mine Only Begotten, who shall come in the meridian of time.”
Heavenly Father’s plan for us, a plan of happiness, includes the premortal existence, mortal life, and life after death. It’s during our time now, mortal life, where we prepare and prove ourselves to be worthy to become like God and have eternal life.
6. Doctrine and Covenants 38:40–41—“And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a commandment, that every man, both elder, priest, teacher, and also member, go to with his might, with the labor of his hands, to prepare and accomplish the things which I have commanded. And let your preaching be the warning voice, every man to his neighbor, in mildness and in meekness.”
One of the greatest duties of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to preach the gospel. We are to be member missionaries and help build up God’s kingdom and share the full truth of the gospel with God’s children so they can be baptized, confirmed, and live in the presence of God again one day.
7. Galatians 5:14—“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
The first great commandment is to love God. The second is to love our neighbors. This means we are to serve people, to show them kindness, and to have charity toward them.
8. Doctrine and Covenants 101:78—“That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.”
God gave us the privilege and ability to choose for ourselves. We chose to come to earth, and while here, we still have that agency to choose and act for ourselves. But we can’t forget that every choice has a consequence, and we will be judged by God for every action we take.