It’s late and I have a very early morning tomorrow so I’m going to just, quick, share with you my favorite quote of all time this evening, then possibly add to the topic tomorrow or maybe later this week. My post yesterday was so long I promised I’d keep my thoughts short today, so here they are.
One of the most gratifying things about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the knowledge we’ve received through the prophets and apostles and additional scripture, etc., of where we came from, why we’re here, and where we all will be going after this life is complete. It really is astounding, who we really, truly are in our Father in Heaven’s eyes and heart.
I don’t care if you’re already the most confident person in the world, this is still pretty neat. If you are more like the rest of—struggling at times with our self-image, self-esteem, or have times in which we really don’t feel as confident as we wish we did—the knowledge that we are children of a loving Father in Heaven can really make a difference. One of the most famous children’s songs in the Mormon church is called, “I Am a Child of God.” We all grew up on it and the words are poignant and touching. And it’s not just who we are. It’s also who we can become that matters. We’re created in God’s
image, we are truly His sons and His beloved daughters, and we can have faith in the fact that He does have a plan for us. (I’ll cover what this plan is in the next day or two, okay?) For now, just know this: you are loved, you are valued, you are the most important thing in the world. As Moses 1: 39 says (another example of modern Mormon scripture), “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”
Did you catch that? We are His glory. We’re his priority. Each one of us. There’s nothing more important to Him than us, His kids, and our eternal progression (and eventually returning to be with him someday). Now, I know that some wonder how there could be a God and, if He really does love us, how could He allow bad things to happen in this world. (I wrote a whole post on this topic a few weeks ago, entitled “Pain, Loss, and the Purpose of Life.” Click Here if you’d like to read it again or for the first time). There are several reasons but, mostly, it comes down to the fact He wants us to be humbled, to rely on and turn to Him, and He knows that we could never grow if we didn’t deal with opposition—dark and light, love and loss, good and bad, etc. You get the idea, I hope.
Just know this: our Father in Heaven loves us. We might not understand this perfectly. We might not get the impact and significance of this fact and what it truly means in our lives. But, it’s true. And, if we remember this and work from this standpoint, the understanding that it’s true, everything else goes better. You can and should feel empowered by this knowledge of who you and I truly are. We have divinity within us. Just like our own children, we have potential inside we don’t even truly understand. And, the more we do understand it, the more we come to feel it and comprehend the meaning of it, well … everything else pales by comparison. We undergo a spiritual and personal paradigm shift. It’s transformative. Or, at least, it should be. We are literally children of God and that’s a marvelous thing. Hard to wrap one’s head around perhaps, but true indeed and life-changing once we truly start to comprehend it.
Remember this truth. Don’t forget about it. I can promise you He never will. I’ll tell you more about His incredible plan for us soon.
Thanks for listening,
Patrick Laing – The Daily Mormon – Portland, Oregon USA
And, not to forget, here is the quote I was speaking of. It’s from Ezra Taft Benson, the former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under Dwight D. Eisenhauer, and 13th prophet on earth. He served as an apostle and prophet from 1943 to 1985.
I’ve always loved this quote and hope that you do too:
“Nothing will surprise us more than when we get to heaven and see the Father and realize how well we know Him and how familiar His face is to us.”
Ezra Taft Benson