God has a plan
for us

God is the Father of our spirits. We are literally His children, and He loves us. His whole purpose—His work and His glory—is to enable each of us to return to live with Him and enjoy all of His blessings. He has provided a perfect plan to accomplish His purpose. In the scriptures God’s plan is called a merciful plan, the plan of happiness, the plan of redemption, and the plan of salvation.
Pre-Earth Life
We lived with God before we were born
We lived as spirit children of our Father in Heaven before we were born on this earth. We were not, however, like our Heavenly Father, nor could we ever become like Him and enjoy all the blessings that He enjoys without the experience of gaining a physical body and living in mortality. Receiving a body and gaining experiences to allow us to learn and grow were part of God’s plan for us. We understood and accepted God’s plan before we came to the earth.
A Savior
Jesus Christ is central to God’s plan. Through His Atonement, Jesus Christ fulfilled His Father’s purpose and made it possible for each of us to enjoy immortality and eternal life.
Life on Earth
We are sent to earth to gain experience
Life on earth is an opportunity and a blessing. Our purpose in this life is to have joy and prepare to return to God’s presence. While in mortality, we have experiences that bring us happiness. We also have experiences that bring us pain and sorrow. These experiences provide us opportunities to distinguish good from evil, to make choices, and to learn and grow.
Agency, or the ability to choose, is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Our eternal progress depends on how we use this gift. In this life we must choose whether we will follow Jesus Christ or not.
Life after Death
The Spirit World
All people must eventually die, but when Jesus Christ was resurrected, He conquered physical death for all of us. After we die, our spirits go to a place called the spirit world to await resurrection. Death does not change our personality or our desires for good or evil. Those who chose to obey God during their time on earth live in a state of happiness, peace, and rest from troubles and care while they await resurrection and the Final Judgment. Those who chose not to obey in this life and did not repent live in a state of unhappiness.
Resurrection, Final Judgment, and Immortality
We are judged according to our works and desires
After our bodies and spirits are reunited through resurrection, we will be brought into God’s presence to be judged. We will remember perfectly both our righteousness and our sins. If we have repented, we will receive mercy. We will be rewarded according to our works and our desires.
Because of Jesus Christ’s Atonement, all people will be resurrected and become immortal—they will live forever. Immortality is a free gift to all people, whether they are righteous or wicked.
Eternal Reward
Kingdoms of Glory
God rewards us according to our deeds done on earth, and depending on our obedience, there are different kingdoms of glory to which we will be assigned after the Final Judgment.
Those who have repented of their sins and received the ordinances of the gospel (such as baptism) and kept the associated covenants will be cleansed by the Atonement of Christ. They will receive exaltation in the highest kingdom of God, also known as the celestial kingdom. In the scriptures this kingdom is compared to the glory or brightness of the sun.
People who do not accept the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ but who live honorable lives will receive a place in the terrestrial kingdom. This kingdom is compared to the glory of the moon.
Those who continued in their sins and did not repent in this life will receive their reward in the lowest kingdom, which is called the telestial kingdom. This kingdom is compared to the glory of the stars.
Jesus Christ
God so loved the world, that He sent His Son
The plan of salvation is made possible because of the matchless gift of a loving father to His children. God sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and Redeemer. Jesus submitted to the Father’s will in a supreme expression of love for His Father and for us. This triumph over physical and spiritual death is called the Atonement. Through the Atonement of Christ, all humankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. As we rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ, He can help us endure our trials, sicknesses, and pain. We can be filled with joy, peace, and consolation. Through Him we can become worthy to return to the presence of God.