Saturday, January 29, 2011

Who Is God?

  We hear and talk about God nearly every single day. We rely on Him and trust in Him for guidance and direction. At some point throughout life, many have asked themselves, "Who or what is God?" I hope to be able to shed more light to those who have asked this great question of the soul.
  God is our loving Heavenly Father and we are literally His children. (Romans 8:16). He has a glorified and perfected body of flesh and bone and we were created in His image. (Genesis 1:27) He is our eternal father who loves us more than we can possibly comprehend (1 John. 4:16). Just as any earthly father, He weeps with us when we suffer and rejoices when we do what is right. What He wants most for His children is for us to be happy!

  Our Heavenly Father wants to communicate with us, and the way that we can communicate with Him is through sincere and earnest prayer (Alma 33:5). His plan for us is to be happy (2 Nephi 2:25) and to prepare to return to live with Him again some day (Alma 34:32). He has given us this experience on earth so we can learn and grow and become more like Him. Agency, or the ability to choose, is one of the greatest gifts that He has given us. We can show our love for Him through our choices and our obedience to His commandments (John 14:15). Heavenly Father has provided us, His children, with a way to achieve happiness and to be successful in this life. However, in order to do so, we must be pure and clean through obedience. Disobedience moves us away from Him, therefore Heavenly Father sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to atone for all of our sins (John 3:16). This eternal sacrifice is central to our Father’s plan. The Atonement included His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44) as well as His suffering and death on the cross (John 19: 23). Through the Atonement we can be freed from the burden of our sins and develop faith and strength to face our trials.
  I testify that God lives, that he loves us, and that we are literally His sons and daughters. I promise that as you are earnest and humble in seeking this knowledge, the Holy Spirit will make it known unto you.

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