I have a close family friend who converted to the church when he was a teenager. He told me that before he learned about the gospel he used to be terrified to go to sleep at night because he didn’t know what would happen to him if he were to die. This is a disturbing question for many, especially when they experience the difficulty of losing a loved one. When my friend learned the truths of the gospel he was finally able to be at peace. The question of the afterlife is just one of many that can make us feel lost in this world. However, L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said: “We need not be confused. The answers to the puzzling questions regarding the purpose of life have again been given to mankind for our guidance.” The gospel gives us priceless knowledge about where we came from and where we’re going. It is important to remember that the gospel doesn’t provide just nice answers to make us feel better but it makes us feel better because it is actually the truth. L. Tom Perry has also said: “We are not left alone to wander through mortality without knowing of the master plan which the Lord has designed for His children.” God has given us the scriptures, a modern day prophet and apostles, and the Holy Ghost to help us understand where we came from, why we are on this earth, and where we are going.
When we understand the Plan of Salvation, we get the big picture and it can help the things that we are going through on this earth make a lot more sense. Our trials and difficulties need not be senseless struggles that we go through, but we can realize that these experiences are for our ultimate good as we strive to become like God. In addition, understanding life through the lens of the gospel also helps us to know that God is who we should be grateful to when things are going well and to whom we can go for help when things get difficult. The Plan of Salvation is the big picture and the more we learn about it and understand it, the more we will understand who we are and what our purpose is in this life and in the eternities.
For more answers about the Plan of Salvation, you can click on this link to L. Tom Perry’s talk “The Plan of Salvation”https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2006/10/the-plan-of-salvation?lang=eng