Plan of Salvation (Chronological)
Mortal Existence: Purpose of Mortality
A Mormon's mortal existence is a time of testing. Mormons believe this mortal life is the time of greatest opportunity to work the plan of salvation and progress to exaltation.
One of the distinctive teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is its concept of a mortal probation. This concept is at the heart of the plan of salvation, and a correct understanding of it is essential to comprehend man’s relationship to God...
Mortal probation is the "timed test" by which our place and standing in the next life are determined. 21
This time of 'mortal probation' is essential because of the physical body that accompanies mortal life. This physical body allows Mormons to be tested by overcoming temptations that a spirit could not.
Clearly it is difficult to repent in the spirit world of sins involving physical habits and actions. There one has spirit and mind but not the physical power to overcome a physical habit. He can desire to change his life, but how can he overcome the lusts of the flesh unless he has flesh to control and transform? How can he overcome the tobacco or the drink habit in the spirit world where there is no liquor nor tobacco and no flesh to crave it? Similarly with other sins involving lack of control over the body. 22
The goal is eternal life. As stated in earlier articles, this is the same as exaltation, having an eternal family and godhood.
Our goal in coming to this mortal probation is to "return with honor" back into the presence of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost eternally. This is called eternal life. Eternal life is our goal at the end of our sojourn on earth. 23
In this chapter we will follow a Mormon's progression through ordinances, laws, requirements and works. Through following this plan of slavery to the law, Mormons hope to "return with honor". This is the purpose the LDS church offers Mormons for their obedience and works; to gain honor, prove their worthiness and earn eternal life. Let’s now see how this contrasts with Christians' motivation to simply give all the glory and honor to God.BirthMortal Existence: Compare with Christianity