I am touched and a little excited when someone asks a question like this, because I have long since learned that unless someone is willing to apply the formula given by Jesus in his famous “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5th, 6th and 7th chapters) they are likely to go through life really not even knowing why they are here.
7 ¶Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Once Jesus emphasized the importance of your question when he said:
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
I am going to assume that when you were young you became acquainted with the Bible and will use the scriptures to see if I can help steer you in the direction that will lead you to “life eternal” which is life with God and Christ.
Here is a passage that has a lot of meaning:
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
It declares that we, our spirits, are “offspring of God” (Acts 17:29) and as such have the potential to become his heirs along with Jesus Christ, whom the scriptures state has been “appointed heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2)
So, to know God and Christ and to “suffer with him”, in other words to follow him, is the key to our eternal success and we are sent to this earth to see if we will have enough foresight to learn why we are here and to prepare for the eternities as “heirs of God” to inherit “all things”. We are often criticized for emphasizing in our faith, that as children of God, we have the potential, well even the purpose, to become like God and to progress with him, even participate with him in providing this opportunity to other individual forever and ever.
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Maybe it can best be explained by characterizing our eternal potential by indicating that family life, that is generation after generation, is a prototype of eternal life, for those who prepare. Those who do not will be damned which means they will be stopped in their progression or will not participate in the generations that will be part of the future of those who take this life serious enough to prepare for it.
Note that this eternal opportunity is referred to as being “glorified together” with Christ. Paul, speaking of the resurrection, names this as Celestial Glory and compares it to the sun in glory relative to the next kingdom of glory he calls Terrestrial Glory compared to the moon and yet another glory compared to the stars. (1 Corinthians 15:40-42).
There has been a lot more revealed about these kingdoms of glory as a part of the restoration of the gospel, another subject, but vitally important to those seeking to know the truth.
So, what will it mean to do what it takes to “know God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent” to gain “eternal life” or Celestial Glory? Here is a passage from The Book of Mormon, (another important source) that defines, as I see it, how those who attain it will feel:
18 But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever. (The Book of Mormon; 2 Nephi 9:19)
I hope you are praying, asking Heavenly Father to direct you in your search. There is so much to learn that we would love to share with you if you are interested. Please let us know.