The Purpose of Human Life–How LDS Theology Misses the Mark1
by Rich Deem


LDS Plan of SalvationAccording to the LDS booklet, The Plan of Salvation,2 the "purpose in my life" is stated as "The earth was created as a place for our Heavenly Father’s children to live and gain experience." In contrast to the LDS version, which is human-centered, Christianly, as explained in the Bible, is God-centered, saying that the purpose of human life is to glorify God.

Old Testament verses


New Testament verses


Book of Mormon3


Doctrine and Covenants3


Conclusion Top of page

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believes in a distorted gospel that places the purposes of human beings above the purposes of God. In contrast, the Bible proclaims that human beings are to live to give God glory as their chief purpose in life. To see how LDS doctrine distorts other biblical doctrines, see the page Why the LDS Church is a Cult of Christianity: Theological Differences Between Christian and LDS Doctrines.

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  1. All verses taken from King James Version Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Convenants, using LDS View computer software published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Compiled by Richard Deem. Permission given to freely distribute.
  2. The Plan of Salvation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 2008, Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
  3. Verses from the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants, are given to show the discrepancy between the Mormon scriptures and Mormon teachings. I do not accept any of these books as the inspired Word of God.
Last Modified February 21, 2018


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