Question: What "plain and precious" teachings does the Book of Mormon provide regarding the purpose of life?

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Question: What "plain and precious" teachings does the Book of Mormon provide regarding the purpose of life?

Book of Mormon doctrines relating to the purpose of life

  • "Adam fell that men might be, and men are, that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25)
  • The fall of Adam and Eve was part of God's plan – had he not fallen, they would have remained in the garden forever, knowing no joy or misery, doing no good nor evil, having no children. (2 Nephi 2:22–25)
  • "For it must needs be that there is an opposition in all things" (2 Nephi 2:11)
  • In mortality, men are given all choices, and "they are free to choose liberty and eternal life through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil." (2 Nephi 2:27, Helaman:14:30-31)
  • This life is a probationary state, a time to prepare to meet God. (Alma 42:1-10,13, Alma 12:24 (20-24), Alma 34:32)
  • Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance (Alma 34:32-34, Helaman 13:38)
  • True wisdom, foolishness defined (2 Nephi 9:28–29,42)
  • The blessings of obedience to God's commandments (Mosiah 2:41)
  • The natural man is an enemy to God. What we must do to become saints (Mosiah 3:19)
  • The answer to the age-old question: 'Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?': The Lord tries the patience and faith of his people (Mosiah 23:21)
  • "O, remember my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in they youth to keep the commandments of God." (Alma 37:35)
  • Because men's hearts are false, unsteady and quickly lifted up in pride, God must chasten them with many afflictions, lest they completely forget Him. (Helaman 12:1-6)
  • We have a fullness of joy when we labor to bring souls unto Christ (3 Nephi 28:9-10)

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