This week, our hearts and minds will turn to our fathers. We will honor, celebrate, and remember them for their good deeds and supportive roles in our lives. As you do so, and as you buy fun cards, put together tool sets, and fire up the grill, remember, “noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the divine.” As we celebrate our earthly fathers this weekend we can also celebrate our Father in Heaven.
Our Father In Heaven
We are not only the children of an earthly father but a heavenly one too. He prepared a plan for each of us to maximize our potential and be happy. He wants to help us when we are in need. Our Heavenly Father loves us with his whole being. Above all else, God the Father wants us to know that He is real and that he knows each and every one of us.
As Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught, “God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost, God’s love encompasses us completely. He loves us because He is filled with an infinite amount of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God because we are His children.”
Coming To Know Our Father
As our father, Heavenly Father wants to have a relationship with us. He doesn’t just want to know us, he wants us to get to know him. There are many ways we can do this. As we pray and listen for revelation we can hear his voice and feel his guiding hand in our lives. We can read the scriptures and the words of modern-day prophets and see the care and compassion our Father has shown to his children throughout many dispensations.
Jesus Christ taught that we can see the divine attributes of God the Father in himself. “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. … He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” As we come to more fully know our Heavenly Father we see infinite love and care for us. Like our earthly fathers who love and guide, our Heavenly Father watches us grow and will teach us as we humbly learn at his feet.
Celebrate Our Heavenly Father
This Father’s Day, as you celebrate your earthly father, don’t forget your Heavenly Father. Celebrate Him by learning about Him. Talk to him. He wants to hear from you. Serve and love his other children with all your heart, might, mind, and strength. Take some time this week to think about your relationship with Heavenly Father. What does it mean to you? How can you make it better? What can you do to understand Him better? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas! Please share them in the comments and we will help each other celebrate our Heavenly Father.
Featured Image | God the Father by Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
After serving a mission to Samara, Russia, Tyler graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Creative Writing. Tyler is the author of Away From The Sun, a short collection of his written works. He lives in Provo with his drop-dead gorgeous wife, enjoys playing basketball, playing the banjo, studying history, and collecting Pokemon cards. Follow Tyler on Instagram @therealtylerbnelson