Have you ever wondered where you came from, why you’re here or where you’re going? Everyone has. Those are the three essential questions of life. We want to know where we came from and where we’re going, but most importantly we want to know why we are here. The meaning of life is the most sought after question in this life. Everyone asks in the depths of their heart, “Why am I here?”
I believe that in order to know why we are here, to fully understand this life, we need to know where we came from and where we are going. Without this, there is no context to the meaning of why.
The Plan of Salvation answers that question.
The missionary pamphlet on the Plan of Salvation describes it as “Our Heavenly Father’s plan to enable us to become like him and receive a fullness of joy.” So right off the bat, we know this plan is something created by God for our happiness so that we might have joy and have it in abundance.
According to the Plan of Salvation, we once lived with God in heaven. We are His sons and daughters. That is why Latter-day Saints refer to God as “Heavenly Father”, we believe Him to be our literal Father in heaven. Wanting us to be more like Him, He decided to send us to earth to receive bodies, use our free will, and to experience what it means to be human. In the end, we will return to Him.
Knowing we aren’t perfect, He sent down Jesus to be our Savior, to die for us, and through His atonement we can return to be with God once again.
So where did we come from? We once lived with God in heaven.
Why are we here? To receive joy, to experience the hardships and blessings of life. To return to him.
Where are we going? Through the atoning sacrifice of Christ, back to be with God.