By President Sherman Smith
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 

Our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy


Before we were born on earth, we all lived with Heavenly Father as His spirit children. He presented a plan to help His children learn and grow. Through His plan, we can become more like Him and be worthy to enjoy eternal life. This plan is possible because God’s Son Jesus Christ came to earth to suffer for our sins, a sacrifice called the Atonement.

God sent us to earth, where we could have a physical body (see Genesis 1:26–27). We needed bodies to help us experience life on earth.

God knew that we would not feel happy all the time. We experience disappointments, pain and even death....

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