Have you ever wondered where you came from, why you’re here, and where you’re going? We, as members of the church, believe that there is life before birth, and life after death. We were sent to this earth for a reason. We are here for a purpose. We are here to be tested.
“In this final, glorious, gospel dispensation we have received the most basic truth of all eternity, and that truth concerns the nature and kind of being that God is. It is eternal life to know the Father and the Son. There is no possible way to go degree by degree, step by step to the high exaltation we seek unless and until we come to a knowledge of the nature and kind of being that God is. Thus, when we talk about eternal life, we are talking about the kind of life that God our Father lives; and when we speak of him, we are speaking of a holy, perfected, exalted, ennobled man—an individual, a personage, a being with ‘a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.’ We are talking about someone who is a literal parent, who is the Father of the spirits of all men. You and I were born as members of his family. We have seen his face; we have heard his voice; we have received his counsel, personally, as well as through representatives and agents; we knew him in the pre-existence. Now a curtain has been dropped and we do not have the remembrance that we had then, but we are seeking to do the things that will enable us to be like him.” (Bruce R. McConkie, “Celestial Marriage,” New Era, Jun 1978, 12)