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Finding God in Nature

By Mormon.org
Sunlight breaking through the clouds - Finding God in Nature

God, our Heavenly Father, loves us and has created this beautiful world for us to inhabit and enjoy.

The Holy Bible discusses that all of God’s creations testify of Him: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalm 19:1).

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The miracle of new life, whether it occurs in nature or through the birth of a new baby, can humble us and reinforce that the powers of creation are not random. These, and all other creations, come from God, our Heavenly Father. They can remind us of His existence and of His love for all of His children.

An ancient prophet declared: “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth ... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Book of Mormon, Alma 30:44).

Many Christians are familiar with the hymn “How Great Thou Art.” The original text came from a Swedish preacher, Carl Boberg, who wrote his lyrics after a unique experience on the southeast coast of Sweden. The experience was chronicled in an episode of the Mormon Channel’s History of Hymns. An excerpt is below:

Boberg's inspiration for "How Great Thou Art" came from a visit to a beautiful country estate on the southeast coast of Sweden. He got caught in a midday thunderstorm with awe-inspiring moments of flashing violence, followed by a clear brilliant sun.

Soon afterwards he heard the calm, sweet songs of the birds in nearby trees.

The experience prompted Boberg to "fall to his knees in humble adoration of his mighty God." A nine-stanza poem beginning with the Swedish words "O Store Gud, nar jag den varld beskader" captured his exaltation of how great God is.

Below is a video of the song, published by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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