God’s plan is perfect, even if our current understanding of His plan is not. Through the Savior Jesus Christ, we can find hope and healing despite life’s many challenges.
God has a plan for our happiness. He sent us to earth to learn from our circumstances. He sent us here to make choices.
We lived with God before we were born. We knew Him, and He knows us. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, our dreams and our fears. Mortal life is our personal journey of getting to know God again. He knows our great potential and who we can become. More than anything, God loves us.
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.(2 Nephi 2:25)
We may have forgotten the time we spent with God, but He hasn’t forgotten us. He calls prophets to remind us why we’re here and how to become like Him.
Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles.(Luke 11:49)
We are here for a wise purpose. God sent us to this time and place. He knew the challenges we would face, the choices we would be required to make. God will not force any of His children to obey His laws. He wants us to choose for ourselves, whatever our circumstances, to learn from experience and to become as He is. But God won’t force us to obey Him.
Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself.(2 Nephi 2:16)
Marriage is an important part of God’s plan for our happiness. Eternal marriage between a man and a woman is essential at some point in our progression to reach exaltation, a state defined as living the kind of life our Heavenly Parents currently enjoy.
In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage]; And if he does not, he cannot obtain it. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase.(Doctrine and Covenants 131:1–4)
As followers of Jesus Christ, we learn to listen to the Spirit and walk in the Light of Christ. We can discern what is right or wrong, despite physical appetites and temptations that are contrary to true principles. And by choosing right, we grow stronger. At times it may seem we are at war with ourselves, but overcoming opposition is part of the plan to make us stronger. Opposition is not comfortable, but it is necessary.
For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, … righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad.(2 Nephi 2:11)
When we sin—and we all do—we can repent. The process of repentance helps cleanse our souls and allows us to grow closer to God. Repentance is not a punishment. It is a gift, purchased in Gethsemane and on Golgotha by our Savior Jesus Christ.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.(Isaiah 53:5)
The sacrifice of our Savior—which we call the Atonement of Jesus Christ—is more than payment for our sins. We can turn to the Savior to heal our heart, to strengthen our spirit, to find peace. We can lay our burdens at His feet, and He will take them up. He is our Redeemer. He knows us.
And he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.(Alma 7:12)
Sometimes our doubts, fears, and frustrations may seem overwhelming. Life can pose difficult questions and present serious obstacles. To have faith is not to have all the answers, but choosing faith over doubt is a choice to trust God. We choose to trust His plan and His timetable, even if some parts of our mortal experience make no sense to us at the present time. As we put our faith and trust in God and have the patience to build our faith day by day, eventually we will see things clearly.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.(1 Corinthians 13:12)
Seeing clearly is not an event. It is a process. We see more clearly as we fulfill our potential as children of God. And what is our potential? If we do our best to keep His commandments, He has promised eternal joy—lasting, true joy.
Life may seem unfair at times. It may seem as if our sincere prayers are going unanswered. It may seem as though we were denied the fulness of opportunities and God’s ultimate blessings. But no honest prayer goes unheard. God will fulfill all His promises. No blessing will be denied His obedient and faith-filled children. Our divine potential is to be able to live as eternal families and be like our Heavenly Parents.
And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father’s kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him.(Doctrine and Covenants 84:38)