Yes. And He knows and loves you.
God is the Father of all of us. He knows and loves each of His children with a pure, fatherly love. Because He lives in heaven, we often call God our Heavenly Father. In His eyes we are all equal, and we are all worthy of love and happiness. God knows and understands each of us individually. He knows our strengths, our weaknesses, our hopes, and our fears. Our loving Heavenly Father is patient, compassionate, and understanding. No matter who we are or what we’ve done, God wants us to reach out to Him so that He can help us along the way. As He helps us grow, we will begin to understand and experience real joy.
God knows each one of us, and we can know Him too. Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
Jesus taught that God, our Heavenly Father, is there for us when we reach out to Him. As we build a relationship with God, we can begin to use His power to help us with challenges in our lives. We can start the journey of knowing God by praying to Him and reading His words.
Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It’s here to help us learn more about Him. As you come to know Him, your life will change. It all begins by praying and reading His words.
1. God loves you. You are His child, and He is there for you.
2. Your life has a purpose. As you begin to learn about this purpose, you will be filled with hope and happiness.
3. Jesus lived and died for all of us. As we follow His teachings, we can one day return to live with God.
Here are two stories.
Shaq grew up in Georgia and became a professional runner. Although he grew up in a Baptist home, he found God through the Book of Mormon.
In Shaq’s words: “Growing up, I was raised in a Southern Baptist home. Although we went to church occasionally, I never completely knew if I believed in a God. I would say I did, but if someone told me He wasn’t there, I would have said they could be right. Now, I do know that He is there. But how could someone possibly know a thing like that? I wondered the same thing whenever I heard people say, ‘I know.’ I’ll tell you how. For myself, it was very simple. It was explained simply enough to me that if I prayed, God would answer me. I had never prayed privately before, as far as I could remember, and so I decided to act on the simple invitation. I prayed for months without any recognizable answer. Finally, I gave up. I changed my mind at that point and thought that perhaps there was no God at all. This didn’t last long. One night I felt very distinctly that I should pray AND read from the Book of Mormon. I had never before put any effort into reading it because I didn’t believe it was true. I want you all to know that I do now know that it is. That night as I read and prayed, I came to know that God lives and that the Book of Mormon is His word. It was through reading, pondering (thinking), and praying that I came to know. In a very real way, I received a witness that God was, is, and always will be there. If you do not believe me, that’s OK. Don’t take my word for it. Just try it. Receive your own witness because then you do not have to believe what I say—you will know for yourself!”
Daisy knew some Mormons, but she didn’t know what they believed. After talking with missionaries online, she discovered a new understanding of God and her purpose in life.
In Daisy’s words: “After graduating college, I went to work for an accounting firm, and a large number of recruits were from BYU. Every time I met someone from BYU, I would declare, ‘You must be Mormon, then!’ without realizing how outspoken I was being (and intimidating the other coworkers nearby). In my mid-20s, something seemed to be missing and I wanted to know the greater purpose of my life. Randomly, I ended up talking to a Mormon coworker about his religion, and he invited me to church with his family. I didn’t take the invitation seriously, but I was intrigued and began reading about what Mormons believed through Mormon.org. I watched some videos and felt emotional, able to relate to a lot of the feelings these people were expressing in wanting to know what more to life there was. I saw an option to chat live with the missionaries, and, feeling safe online, I went ahead and began chatting with them. Long story short—I ended up having discussions with missionaries, checking out a church with some coworkers, and mustered up the courage to pray and ask if all of this stuff was real or not. Once I knew it was real, I had to get baptized. So I did!”