How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?
Along with evidence of His marvelous creations all around you, Heavenly Father has given you many ways to know for yourself that He lives. You can:
- Talk to Him through prayer and ask Him for reassurance and love.
- Read the testimonies of special witnesses called apostles and prophets. They have had sacred experiences with God and have recorded these experiences in sacred books called scriptures.
- Keep His commandments, which bring you closer to God and help you know that He lives.
Your belief in God will grow as you:
Pray to Heavenly Father (James 1:5).
Study the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
Obey God’s commandments (John 14:21-23).
As you act on your desire to believe, God will strengthen your belief in Him until it becomes sure knowledge (Book of Mormon, Alma 32:27-35).
I have come to know our Father in Heaven through private prayer and service. As I pray and receive answers through impressions and feelings, I am able to assist in His work. At other times, I have been comforted at the times when I needed it most by a very real presence. I feel His love as I serve others and I can feel His love for them. Show more
Kaileigh Culotta answered...
I love this question because I had to find out personally for myself if Heavenly Father knows me and how I could be sure He was there for me. I had always been taught growing up that Heavenly Father was real and that He lives. I was taught that I can have a close and personal relationship with Him. I got older, and still went with what Primary teachers, my parents, and family told me. It wasn´t until recently when I truly came to know and understand that I know my Heavenly Father, He knows me, and that He lives. I knelt down in an out-loud prayer and asked Heavenly Father in faith these 5 questions: 1) Heavenly Father, do you even exist? Are you really there? 2) Heavenly Father, are you really my Father? 3) Do you know me? Do you know everything about me? 4) Do you know what I feel and think? Do you know what I am going through when times are tough or when times are great? 5) Heavenly Father, do you love me? After asking these questions in a sincere, humble prayer I received answers and the confirmation that Heavenly Father does live. He is there. He loves each of us far more than we could ever imagine or comprehend. He knows us personally and individually, better than we know ourselves. He knows how we feel, for He sent His son to the earth to feel the pains and sufferings and challenges every person experiences. Show more
The same way that you come to know anyone better, talk with him. Our Heavenly father blessed us with prayer, which is the means by which we converse with him. Think of every prayer as a phone call, not writing a letter; expect God to answer your prayers and listen for his response. Prayer is a two way conversation and the best way to come to know our Father in Heaven and what he wants for us. Show more
The way I got to know my Heavenly Father iOS through prayer. I wanted to know if he was there so I offered a sin ear prayer with all of my heart. When I did this I had this overwhelming feeling of peace and comfort. I can still feel this when I read from the scriptures or do as he has commanded. As we do these things we will grow closer to Him. Show more
We CAN come to know God. Pray. Ask him if He is there. Ask him to help you see evidence of His love. One way we can come to know Him is to read and think about His words in the scriptures and follow the example given by His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. When I do that, I feel my confidence begin to "wax strong." I have a long way to go, as eternal progression is happily emphasized in this church, but I feel, through the Holy Ghost, that our Heavenly Father loves me. I feel reassured every time I sincerely pray or sincerely study His words. Show more
Nicholas Christensen answered...
In the Book of Matthew in the Bible, it says "Ask and ye shall receive. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you." When you go up to a house and the door is closed, what can you do? You can ask other people if someone lives there, who they are, what they are like. But how can you know for sure? How do you know they aren't making it up? How do you know someone really is there? You go up to the house and knock. The same can be said about God. You can ask others if He exists and what He is like. But how can you know for sure without "knocking?" Pray. Praying is knocking upon Heaven's door and waiting for God to answer. You'll get your answer. Show more
To come to know our Heavenly Father we need to talk to him. When I left home for school my dad expected me to call home every night to tell him about my day. It is that same way Heavenly Father wants to hear from us. We left his presence for a brief time to learn and grow and he wants to hear how we are doing. He wants to hear our laughs, our crys, our questions, and our concerns. The best way to get to know someone is by asking questions and waiting for the reply. By praying sincerely and then waiting for the response we can build a relationship with our Father in Heaven that can't be broken. Show more
Compare our relationship of our Heavenly Father and us with a father and his son. Any good father wants his son to talk with him. He wants to know how he is doing and the experiences he is having. This is our Heavenly father´s relation towards us. He wants to listen to us. Sometimes, as human beings, we act as though we are adolescent teenagers. We don´t want to have to do anything with Him, but He is always there for us. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 28:32) that explains this quite clearly. "For notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me;, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, if they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God..." God is always willing to help us and talk to us. One more scripture from the Bible (Mathew 7:11) also explains how willing God is to answer our prayers. "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" God is waiting like a patient father to hear us talk to Him. If He is waiting and willing to answer our prayers, all we need to do is ask Him if He exists, and He will answer our prayer. Show more