I Matter to Heavenly Father
Written by Amanda Keating, a BYU student, studying a volume of scripture known as the Pearl of Great Price, which is written by prophets; members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “Mormons” revere it as sacred text. This post comes from a book within the Pearl of Great Price known as The Book of Moses; it is an extraction from the translation of the Bible as revealed to Joseph Smith the Prophet, June 1830—February 1831.
Heavenly Father Knows Us All
In a book of scripture, known as the Pearl of Great Price, Moses was shown the world by the very creator himself, Jesus Christ, and during this time he realized, to a degree, how insignificant he and all of mankind are compared to the greatness and many works of God (See Moses Chapter 1). This idea is supported by Moses saying “And for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed” (see Moses 1:10). However, before Moses was shown some of the creations of God, He said to Moses “thou art my son…And I have a work for thee” (Moses 1:4,6). When Heavenly Father initially told Moses this I think it is safe to believe that Moses believed he had a work to do. However, God then began to show Moses his creations and it possibly would have been easy for Moses to begin to question the significance of his mission. He was told he was a son of Heavenly Father, but then was shown great wonders and creations, making man seem like nothing—something he never before had considered. Overall, from his time spent with God the Father during this experience, I think that Moses was humbled and realized that despite the vastness of the creation, God had told him that he mattered. This inevitably changed Moses’ relationship with Heavenly Father, allowing him to realize that despite the infinite creation, he was important. Moses meant something to God and man was important enough for God to speak to him. Furthermore, this experience is likely something he remembered throughout his life that was confirmed each time he felt the love of God through the Spirit.
After reading Moses’ account my relationship with God has changed because I now feel closer to Him. I was not shown the world like Moses, yet I can definitely relate to Moses feeling like man is nothing. However, despite the nothingness of man, God spoke to Moses, and I think he too will speak to each of us. I have not spoken to Heavenly Father face to face like Moses, but I have heard his voice in the scriptures. I have heard God in the laugh of children’s voices, as well as in the sound of waves crashing upon the beach. Dieter F. Uchtdorfonce said, “This is a paradox of man. Compared to the Creator, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God.” In sum, my relationship with God the Father has changed because I more fully believe that I matter to the Father, and if I matter to Him nothing can be too overwhelming.
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