I am so amazed of God’s love for His children. No matter the background of the individual, the circumstances they come from, or their understanding of their relationship with a Heavenly Father. God loves each and every one of us. Our Heavenly Father has an unlimited capacity to care about each of us. We may not feel His love, but it is there. He is willing and waiting to show us how much he cares. I feel my Heavenly Father’s love daily, and I know He is there for me. I also know that my Heavenly Father’s love is not conditional. He will always love me, even when I don’t follow His commandments.
I have been thinking about my relationship with my Heavenly Father. How can He love all of us, even when we think or feel differently? My family is a diverse group. Some have the same beliefs as I do, following the Gospel of Jesus Christ’s teachings. Some of my family doesn’t believe the same, and God still loves them. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father and understand His viewpoint on families. I am grateful for a Prophet who continues to receive revelation from our Heavenly Father, providing council on critical issues we face today. I felt impressed to share the following council received from our Prophet and Apostles: Released January 10th, 2014.
”Following recent court actions bearing on same-sex marriage, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles today sent the following instructions and guidance to congregational leaders throughout the United States. Leaders were asked to share this information with their members in appropriate settings.
As we face this and other issues of our time, we encourage all to bear in mind our Heavenly Father’s purposes in creating the earth and providing for our mortal birth and experience here as His children. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:27–28). “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well-being of society. Strong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and crucial to eternal salvation.
Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife. We urge you to review and teach Church members the doctrine contained in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
Just as those who promote same-sex marriage are entitled to civility, the same is true for those who oppose it. The Church insists on its leaders’ and members’ constitutionally protected right to express and advocate religious convictions on marriage, family, and morality free from retaliation or retribution. The Church is also entitled to maintain its standards of moral conduct and good standing for members.”
I know that my Heavenly Father loves all of His children. I know that by following my Heavenly Father’s commandments, I receive blessings. My family means everything to me, and I am grateful that I know God’s plan for my family. Our loving Heavenly Father wants us to be happy, and is waiting to bless our lives if we follow his commandments.