By Andrea Pearson
(This article comes from a new missionary website. Please visit www.gospelideals.org)
People everywhere desire to know for themselves if God is real. We can discover the answer for ourselves through study and prayer.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe in and worship God as our Father in Heaven, and we invite everyone everywhere to learn for themselves that God exists and loves His children.
An ancient prophet from the Americas taught, “Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth” (Mosiah 4:9).
Why Mormons Believe There Is a God
Mormons study and follow the teachings of the Bible. We know that the words contained therein are holy and were given by God to man, answering the question, “Is there a god?” The very first words recorded in the Bible say, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Our existence, and that of the earth and heavens, is ample evidence there is a god.
Mormons believe God inspires people everywhere to write His teachings. A prophet from long ago recorded these words, now found in the Book of Mormon: “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44).
When Joseph Smith prayed to know which church was true, he was visited by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This vision, recorded in another book of sacred writings called the Pearl of Great Price, teaches us many things. The most important of all is the fact that there is a god, that His Son, Jesus Christ, lives, and that They love us.
God Loves His Children
Because God loves us, He desires to bless us. He does this in many ways, including providing a Savior, Jesus Christ, to help us return to His presence.
God’s love is all encompassing, all reaching, and eternally perfect. His complete love for one child in no way diminishes, changes, or affects His love for another. We know that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and none of us is perfect. God also knows this and has made it possible for us to overcome our sins through the Atonement and grace of Jesus Christ.
God Wants His Children to Seek Him
Because He loves us, God will not force us to return to Him.
God and His Son are waiting for us to come to them. The scriptures are overflowing with reminders of this truth, and that the Father and Son will remember us always. Said Christ, “Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16).
God is patient and loving. He waits with outstretched hands to accept His lost children as they repent and turn to him.
Regardless of how we feel about God, He loves us and always will. As we strive to be closer to Him and to learn more about Him, the question, “Is there a god?” will be answered in the affirmative over and over again.
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Andrea Pearson is a reading and outdoor enthusiast, as well as a musician.
She is also the author of the Key of Kilenya series. You can learn more about Andrea by visiting www.andreapearsonbooks.blogspot.com