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Top 3 Questions that Doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Answers


Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Universal questions like these often prompt people to investigate religion.

The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has answers to these questions.

Who am I?

God is the creator of all things in this world -- including you. You are His spiritual child, and He is your Heavenly Father. The doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, takes note that God reminds His children of who they are throughout the scriptures.

The Psalmist proclaimed, “All of you are children of the most High” (Psalm 82:6). The apostles of Jesus shared that truth during their travels: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). Paul testified of this to the Athenians, helping them understand they were “the offspring of God” (Acts 17:29).

In 1995, modern prophets affirmed to the world that “All human beings … are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents” (“The Family, A Proclamation to the World”).

Why am I here?

Because you are His child, God loves you and watches over you. He does not control your actions or your destiny, but Church doctrine points out that He does have a plan for you.

Part of that plan involves leaving His presence to experience mortality. You are His spiritual child, and you were able to gain a physical body by having mortal parents. God’s plan involves families: it’s why He commanded Adam and Eve to “multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28).

Heavenly Father also wants you to become the best person that you can be. That requires asking questions, facing conflict and disappointment, and experiencing personal growth. Just like mortal parents know a child won’t fully mature if they do everything for him or her, your Heavenly Father leaves you to figure some things out on your own.

It’s not always an easy process. Every person will face hard times, make bad decisions, and perhaps even feel completely alone. Whether it’s losing a job, the death of a loved one, struggling to overcome addiction, or just having a bad day, God is there as your Heavenly Father to listen and to help. He is concerned about every one of His children and wants them to reach out to Him in prayer.

God helps His children understand why they are here by explaining His plan in the scriptures like the Bible and Book of Mormon. There, He also gives commandments that act as instructions to help you avoid or overcome life’s hurdles. When you accept and follow God’s commandments, you will be happier in life. You can also inherit the blessings of eternal life.

Where am I going?

What happens when you die? Where do you go? Does life go on? Yes. As God’s child, Heavenly Father has a plan for you now—and a plan for your future. Church doctrine explains that you can control the outcome of both.

Your mortal experience is largely about making choices and learning from the results of your decisions and those of others. Following God’s commandments can help you be happier in life. It will also allow you to live with God and your family forever.

God’s purpose is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). All people will be resurrected, an event that reunites their spirits and their newly perfected bodies. They will also be judged according to their righteousness.

Jesus explained that you have the opportunity to “inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). This eternal reward is the purpose of God’s plan.

Church doctrine confirms this and the blessings that are promised: “And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father’s kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him” (D&C 84:38).

Knowing the answers to life’s big questions can give you a sense of peace and purpose in life. The answers found in doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also show you which path you can take to return to live with Heavenly Father.