We often ask ourselves, "Who am I?", "Why am I here?", "Where am I going?" Today I was reminded of the answers to those three questions by two lovely women who came to visit me. They are my Visiting Teachers (two ladies from my church assigned to visit me monthly to leave an uplifting message). I sure needed to hear their message today ! The answer to these important questions are called The Plan of Happiness by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Who am I? We believe that God is our divine Father in Heaven, meaning we are His children, and that He loves us. That knowledge is so meaningful to me. Why is it so difficult to remind ourselves every day of this? We are children of God, our Heavenly Father, yet we sometimes forget. Can you imagine if we truly grasped the significance every day of this ~ our divine nature ~ how much
Sometimes I forget that important fact in my day-to-day life. It's a terrible feeling to forget that. When I remember who I am (and who other people are), and that God loves us all and wants us to succeed, I am more loving, less judgemental, and treat others with more kindness. I know Heavenly Father wants us to have strong feelings of self-worth ~ remembering who we are helps so much. The key is to REMEMBER. Remember who you are. You are a daughter or son of Heavenly Father, and He loves you.
You are irreplaceable. "...God not only loves you but has put His hand on you for something special." (1 Thessalonians 1:4; MSG version of the New Testament)
Why am I here? We believe we are here on earth to feel joy and to do our best to become more like our Father in Heaven. We become more like Him through trying to be like Jesus:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6.)
Heavenly Father knows that life won't always be easy. He is understanding and compassionate as we learn and grow from our mistakes. Because of that compassion he has given us guidelines (commandments), that make our lives better when we follow them. He has faith that we will do our best each day to make good choices and correct things when we make mistakes. Making good choices leads to more happiness and ultimately becoming more like our Father in Heaven through following the example of Jesus Christ.
We have everything we need to become more like Christ and Heavenly Father: "...His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature..." (2 Peter 1: 4,5)
Where am I going? We believe that if we are obedient and have done our best, we will live with our loved ones after this life, and live in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
These beliefs bring me so much hope and comfort. I am still figuring out how to remind myself daily of Who I Am. For whatever reason, the woman in the painting reminds me that I am a beloved daughter of God, as well as small things like daily prayer and the visit I had today from my Visiting Teachers. Yes, I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves me.
I like to read these when I need an extra reminder of my divine nature:
- Understanding Our Divine Nature, visiting teaching message
- Emphasizing the Divine Worth of each sister
- Knowing God, by Bernard Brockbank
- Daughters of Heavenly Father, by Susan W. Tanner
- A Message to My Granddaughters: Becoming "Great Women"
- The Remarkable Soul of a Woman, by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
[painting: The Soul of the Rose by John William Waterhouse, 1908]