To Uplift and Inspire: I AM a Child of God

This was an awesome talk. More than anything, I want to share with others the comfort this doctrine teaches. You are a child of God. A spiritual son or daughter of our Heavenly Father, who loves use and I love Him. I will stand as a witness of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. That is a paraphrasing of the beginning of the Young Women’s theme,  which I also love. This talk, titled I Am a Child of God, comes from the Saturday morning session of conference, by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom. Enjoy!

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“Our most fundamental doctrine includes the knowledge that we are children of a living God. That is why one of His most sacred names is Father—Heavenly Father. This doctrine has been clearly taught by prophets through the ages:”

““All human beings … are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents.

“This doctrine is so basic, so oft stated, and so instinctively simple that it can seem to be ordinary”

“But the critical question is, do we really know it? Do we know it in our mind and in our heart and in our soul? Is our heavenly parentage our first and most profound identity?”

“Here on earth, we identify ourselves in many different ways, including our place of birth, our nationality, and our language. Some even identify themselves by their occupation or their hobby. These earthly identities are not wrong unless they supersede or interfere with our eternal identity—that of being a son or a daughter of God.”

“In real life, we face actual, not imagined, hardships. There is pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual. There are heartbreaks when circumstances are very different from what we had anticipated.”

“When difficult things occur in our lives, what is our immediate response? […] Do we blame God or others for our circumstances? Or is our first response to remember who we are—that we are children of a loving God? Is that coupled with an absolute trust that He allows some earthly suffering because He knows it will bless us, like a refiner’s fire, to become like Him and to gain our eternal inheritance?”

“our hardships have eternal purpose—even if we do not understand it at the time—Elder Holland said, “You can have what you want, or you can have something better.””

“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose

I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;

That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,

I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never,

I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”

“We live in a world that can cause us to forget who we really are. The more distractions that surround us, the easier it is to treat casually, then ignore, and then forget our connection with God.”

“In today’s world, no matter where we live and no matter what our circumstances are, it is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God. Knowing that will allow our faith to flourish, will motivate our continual repentance, and will provide the strength to “be steadfast and immovable” throughout our mortal journey.11 In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

Thanks for reading,

Cozybooks

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