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What is the purpose of life?

During this life we obtain physical bodies and are tested to see if we will obey God’s commandments. Our experiences during mortality are meant to help us become more like our Heavenly Father.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What do you feel impressed to share with the quorum?

2 Nephi 2:25 (We were created to have joy)

Alma 12:24; 34:32; 42:4 (This life is a time to be tested and prepare to meet God)

3 Nephi 12:3–12 (The Savior names several godlike attributes)

3 Nephi 12:48 (Heavenly Father wants us to become perfect as He is)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129

Carol F. McConkie, “The Beauty of Holiness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 9–12

Thomas S. Monson, “Guided Safely Home,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 67–69

Gary E. Stevenson, “Your Four Minutes,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 84–86

Plan of Salvation,True to the Faith (2004), 115–16

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review the doctrine from last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask the young men to share what they learned in last week’s lesson. How has the lesson affected their lives? What have they done differently because of what they learned? What blessings have come from their actions?
  • Display a string that has a knot tied in the middle of it. Explain how the knot could represent this life, while everything on one side of the knot represents premortal life and everything on the other side represents post mortal life. This could serve as a visual aid to refer to during quorum meeting.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members learn about the purpose of life. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Give each young man a strip of paper, and invite him to write a definition of the word holy. Invite the young men to read Sister Carol F. McConkie’s talk “The Beauty of Holiness” and add her descriptions of holiness to their definitions. What can we do to become more holy? Invite the young men to choose one of the definitions of holiness they wrote down and share how they could strive to become more holy in that way.
  • Invite the young men to search the scriptures in this outline and share what they learn about the purpose of mortality (they could also search True to the Faith, pages 115–16). How does knowing about this purpose affect the choices they make?
  • Invite the young men to read the Beatitudes in 3 Nephi 12:3–12 and look for attributes that Heavenly Father wants us to develop during our mortal lives. Ask them to think of people in the scriptures or in their own lives who exemplify these principles. How do the Savior’s teachings in 3 Nephi 12 help us understand our purpose as sons of God?
  • Give each quorum member a copy of either “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” or President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “Guided Safely Home.” Ask quorum members to mark words and phrases that teach them about their purpose in life as sons of God as they read. Invite the young men to share what they mark and explain why it is meaningful to them.
  • Ask half of the quorum to read about Noelle Pikus-Pace in Bishop Gary E. Stevenson’s talk “Your Four Minutes,” and ask the other half to read about Torah Bright in the same talk. Invite them to share with each other what they learn about the purpose of life from these stories. Give the young men a few minutes to review the rest of Bishop Stevenson’s talk and ponder how they are doing in their “four minutes”—what essential ordinances or milestones are in their future, and what are they doing to prepare? Invite some of the young men to share their thoughts.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand the purpose of life better? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share his testimony about what was taught.
  • Encourage quorum members to act on any impressions they received during the quorum meeting.