By Dallin Q., member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and student at Brigham Young University (BYU).
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”) I’m grateful for the knowledge I have of my personal relationship about God the Father. I’ve learned more about this relationship through my study of the Book of Moses, a book of ancient scripture translated through modern revelation, in the Pearl of Great Price.
The first chapter in the Book of Moses has always been important to me ever since my mom taught me from it when I was in middle school. She taught me once again the priceless principle that we are all children of God, and we shouldn’t listen to voices that tell us otherwise. Today as I read Moses chapter one, I again felt the spirit testify to me that I am a child of God. That testimony raises my vision and level of motivation to do good.
When I realize that I’m a son of God, like God taught Moses in chapter 1:4, my vision is raised. Instead of doubting what can be accomplished in the future, I choose to believe that if I really am a son of God, then I have the potential to be like him. I know that’s a really basic principle, but it is incredibly powerful when believed and acted upon.
Believing that God is my father motivates me to action. Not only do I believe that great things will happen in the future, I also have vigor to go out and start working toward them. For example, I never thought I could learn the Finnish language as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”). Then I realized that God the Father can speak Finnish, He spoke it all the time to the people we were teaching. Well that lead me to think, if I’m God’s son and he speaks Finnish, and he had called me by a prophet of Jesus Christ to learn the Finnish, he will help me to learn it. Once I made that connection in realizing the meaning of being God’s son, I was motivated to study the Finnish language so much more. I just want to say that one of the coolest things I saw on my Latter-day Saint mission was seeing people change when they start to believe the principle that they are children of God.