Saturday, 14 January 2017

How Can I Know My Heavenly Father?

We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us and wants us to draw near to Him.

How does Heavenly Father feel about us?
Think about the father that came to talk to you. How did he feel about his children? How do you think that compares to our Heavenly Father?

Why should we get to know Heavenly Father?
Actually, because He knows how desperately we need His guidance, He commands, “Thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart; yea, before the world as well as in secret, in public as well as in private.”1
It matters not our circumstance, be we humble or arrogant, poor or rich, free or enslaved, learned or ignorant, loved or forsaken, we can address Him. We need no appointment. Our supplication can be brief or can occupy all the time needed. It can be an extended expression of love and gratitude or an urgent plea for help. He has created numberless cosmos and populated them with worlds, yet you and I can talk with Him personally, and He will ever answer.
--Elder Scott, 2007 Talk (see below)
How do we get to know Heavenly Father?
By learning about Him. We can do this through the scriptures and through the words of the Living Prophets. When we learn about Jesus Christ, it is like learning about Heavenly Father. How do you feel about that? What do you think the main difference is?

The best way to learn about Heavenly Father is to pray. Knowing "about" someone is not the same as "knowing" them. It's a good start, but not the end.

What tools has Heavenly Father given us to draw closer to him?

  1. Prayer
  2. Scriptures
  3. The Prophets and Apostles
  4. Friends and Family who know Him

John 17:3 (The importance of knowing Heavenly Father)
1 John 2:3–54:7–8Enos 1:1–7Mosiah 4:9–125:13D&C 88:63–6593:1 (How we come to know Heavenly Father)
D. Todd Christofferson, “Abide in My Love,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 48–51
Richard G. Scott, “Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2007, 8–11
Robert D. Hales, “Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 29–32

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