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Dad...Why are we here?

At a recent stake conference of the Chula Vista, California Stake, President Paul B. Duncan related the following story:

President Duncan explained how Saturday was a day to get things done around their house because of work, family and church responsibilities. Just a few weeks ago he and his youngest son Jeff, who is six years old, had just finished mowing the lawn and were putting things away.

President Duncan thought this would be a terrific opportunity to rest and spend a few minutes with Jeff. The two of them crawled up on the family's trampoline and gazed up into the blue sky.

With a puzzled look Jeff turned and asked, "Dad,...Why are we here?"

President Duncan thought this would be great teaching opportunity so he explained how we are children of our Father in Heaven, how he has sent us here because he loves us and wants us to experience the things he has created for us, and how he wants us to serve one another, to learn, to grow and to develop those qualties that will allow us to return to live with Him some day.

President Duncan paused and asked if that had answered his question.

Jeff responded, "Not really."

President Duncan then began to think how else he might be able to answer the question when Jeff again asked, "Dad,...Why are we here?...weren't we supposed to pick Mom up an hour ago?"

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