Heavenly Father, through His son Jesus Christ, “created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are” (3 Nephi 9:15). These were all created for the use of man. Study how the creation testifies of God’s love for His children.
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1. Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heav’nly Father created for me.
2. He gave me my eyes that I might see
The color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear
The magical sound of things.
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:
I thank him rev’rently
For all his creations, of which I’m a part.
Yes, I know Heav’nly Father loves me.
Teach: We truly are children of God. We are created in the image of God. Our bodies look like the bodies of our Heavenly Parents. We have arms and hands, and legs and feet, and eyes and ears all like They do.
Ask: What physical characteristics do you get from your earthly parents? Same color eyes? Same nose?
Explain: Just like we have physical characteristics from our Heavenly and earthly parents, we also have spiritual characteristics like Them.
Video: Russell M. Nelson discusses how the creation of our bodies is evidence of our divine nature and Heavenly Father’s love for us. Available here.
Ask: How does knowing we are children of God affect the way we treat others?
Testify: We are children of Heavenly Parents who love us. This earth—and everything on it—was created to bring us joy and help us achieve our ultimate goal of returning to our heavenly home in families. Remembering who we are as God’s children will help us discern the truth and have the strength and courage to return Home.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Explain: Under the direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth. On the first through fifth days of creation, Jesus Christ separated darkness from light and divided the night from the day. He made sky and earth. He divided the land from the sea. He created plants with recurring seeds. He created the stars, moon, planets and sun. Then he created all animal life in the waters and on the land. But on the sixth day, things changed just a little bit. On the sixth day, Heavenly Father did not only delegate and direct the creations by Jesus, He got personally involved.
Read: Genesis 1:26 – And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth [emphasis added].
Ask: What does this verse about God the Father joining His Son in the creation of Adam and Eve teach us about how much He loves us?
Quote: Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.
“What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us.”
Optional Video: Russell M. Nelson discusses the importance of the Creation. Available to view here.
Ask: What did President Nelson say was the purpose of the Creation?
Ask: What responsibilities do we have as children of God?
Quote: “We are created in the image of our heavenly parents; we are God’s spirit children. Therefore, we have a vast capacity for love—it is part of our spiritual heritage. What and how we love not only defines us as individuals; it also defines us as a church. Love is the defining characteristic of a disciple of Christ.” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Testify: Our Heavenly Parents and Jesus Christ have blessed us with so much. As children created in His image, we further their work by treating our brothers and sisters the way our Father treats them—with great love.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read: Genesis 1:26-27
Read or Watch: “We Are Creators”
Mary Ellen Smoot shares how we are creators—just like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We create each time we contribute good to the world.
Ponder or Journal: What good can I bring to the world this week/month/year as I strive to use my divine nature and gifts to bless others?
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If you are studying with your family, take turns sharing what positive spiritual traits you believe each family member inherited from his or her Heavenly Parents.
If you are studying alone, review your patriarchal blessing or journal a self-inventory of what spiritual gifts you believe you have inherited from your Heavenly Parents.
Commit to using one or more of these characteristics to bless someone in your life this week.