The Meaning and Purpose of Life?
Thursday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 25th (new date)
7-9 Mountain Time
Hosts: Dan and Mark
As Latter-day Saints, our life’s meaning can sometimes be simplified: We’re here to be receive ordinances along the covenant path and be tested to see if we are worthy to return to God’s presence and enjoy eternal life in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom.
Some years ago, a bishop friend confided, “I just don’t see anything attractive about running worlds for eternity. Administering a ward is bad enough!” He asked to be released a short time later, and has been on a nuanced journey of faith ever since. Has he found the meaning of life? Recently, I asked if he had found out the meaning of life in his journey. He answered, “Not yet, but the journey is a blast!”
As a holocaust victim, Victor Frankl suffered unspeakable horrors in the concentration camps. He found he could either succumb to the suffering, or, absent any opportunity for comfort or pleasure, seek for something more in life. He concluded that life cannot be about seeking pleasure and happiness, but rather, meaning. And if that is the case, then what is the meaning of life for us? Is it a universal constant? Is it participating in the “Plan of Happiness?” Is it checking off the boxes of the Covenant Path in order to be worthy for an eternal reward?
In this month’s Latter-day Faith Virtual Firesides, let’s explore what life means for each one of us. It will be an open discussion, and full of surprising insights!