See Also: Jacob 7:28
Each of us is the spiritual offspring of God. We came to this earth to prepare to return to his presence, there to share a fulness—that is, eternal life. Without adversity, we may tend to forget the divine purpose of mortality and live our lives focused on the transitory things of the world.
Should we therefore desire or seek to experience adversity and suffering? No! May we appropriately try to avoid it? Yes! Is it proper to ask for relief? Yes, always adding, in accordance with the Savior’s example, “nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39) — Ronald E. Poelman, “Adversity and the Divine Purpose of Mortality,” General Conference, April 1989
The whole mortal existence of man is neither more nor less than a preparatory state given to finite beings, a space wherein they may improve themselves for a higher state of being. — Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 87; statement made in Salt Lake City on December 5, 1853
And now we’re here – our memories are veiled – and we’re showing God and ourselves what we can do. And nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar his face is to us. And then, as President Brigham Young said, we’re going to wonder why we were so stupid in the flesh.
God loves us. He’s watching us, he wants us to succeed, and we’ll know someday that he has not left one thing undone for the eternal welfare of each of us. If we only knew it, there are heavenly hosts pulling for us – friends in heaven that we can’t remember now, who yearn for our victory. This is our day to show what we can do – what life and sacrifice we can daily, hourly, instantly bring to God. If we give our all, we will get his all from the greatest of all. — President Ezra Taft Benson, Brigham Young University Devotional Address, December 10, 1974; see “We Seek That Which Is Praiseworthy,” Ensign, July 1975, pp. 62-63; see also “Gifts and Expectations,” Ensign, December 1988, p. 6 and Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 24