All descendants of Adam and Eve are the children of God-not in an abstract or metaphorical sense, but as actual spirit offspring of God the Father and a Mother in Heaven. This basic premise has profound implications for the LDS understanding of what human beings are, why they are here on earth, and what they can become.
As children of God, men and women have infinite potential. As a result of their divine heritage, all people carry the inherent capacity and the predisposition to become as their heavenly parents. Latter-day Saints seek to follow the injunction of Christ to be “perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”. Their view of each person’s relationship with God stresses that life is as a maturing process, a working toward becoming like God, of becoming worthy to be with God. Mortal life may be only a beginning, but the potential is there.