What is my purpose for being here? ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Saturday, May 24, 2014

What is my purpose for being here?

Dear Friend,
The other day Sister P and I were walking down a street just as the high school bus was unloading. As the teens walked past us we noticed the earbuds in their ears, their heads were down and their eyes seemed dark. The atmosphere lacked any trace of happiness. Now, it may have been due to a day of state testing--I remember those days--but noticing the growing trend in most teenagers, I'd guess that its really because they all just don't understand their purpose.

As we go through our lives we are given opportunities by God to discover our purpose. We learn about God,  we work hard to further our education, we start families of our own, and we go through the circle of life. But sometimes we still get a little lost in the process, sometimes we still miss the whole point. During Moses' lifetime he was taught many times by God. After one of these amazing one-on-one tutoring sessions and being shown many wondrous things, Moses had another visitor come to try to "teach" him. This is what went down as recorded in the book of Moses:

"Behold, Satan came tempting him saying: Moses, son of man, worship me.

and it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan and said: who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God." (emphasis added)

Moses was not confused at all about who he was. He knew he was a son of God, for he had been taught well; but I think at this point he didn't quite understand what that meant. The Lord would come back to teach him that. After the devil's plan was foiled, the Lord came back to Moses and enlightened him on what our purpose really is as children of God, He said.

"For behold this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (emphasis added)

With that simple statement, the Lord teaches us our purpose. We are sons and daughters of God, He loves us, and wants us to return home to Him. His plan is for us to learn through tests and trials in mortality, but to keep our sights set homeward bound.

Disney has always seemed to teach me valuable lessons growing up. There's a song in the movie "Hercules" where Hercules is talking about a place he wants to get to--a place where he really belongs. The lyrics go something like this:

"I will find my way
I can go the distance
I don't care how far
Somehow I'll be strong
I know every mile
will be worth my while
I will go most anywhere
 to feel like I belong."

This time on earth labelled mortality isn't easy, I don't think it was ever promised to be easy. But as we "go the distance" and search for the way home, our Heavenly Father will help us because our whole purpose is to be happy and reach for Heaven.

I wish I had stopped each of those teenagers and had them put their headphones down so we could tell them who they really are and why they are really here.

"All of you are children of the most High" --Psalms 82:6

Remember who you are and where you're going, live it and love it and don't forget it!

With much love,

Miss Mormon


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