One of the first things that came to mind regarding this topic was a line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, “Daughters are never of so much consequence to a father.” I must admit that as a female I have many times felt like a second-class citizen (stick with me, I’m going somewhere with this). I think many other women, and men, have felt this way too. In this world, our confidence (or lack thereof) can often be tied to falling income, falling Instagram “likes”, and rising weight on a scale (among so many other things).
Conversely, our over-confidence can be tied to rising incomes, rising “likes”, and a few blessed dips in our weight (among too many other things). I think knowing I am a daughter of God is less a blessing reserved for me as a daughter, and more a blessing about my knowing I am a child of God at all. You are a child of God too. And as such, you and I can call upon our Heavenly Father through prayer in behalf of each other and ourselves.
In John 2:24, we read, “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men.” This verse explains that even when Jesus was being praised, he did not commit himself (or his worth) to the world. Joseph Smith translates this verse the following way, “But Jesus did not entrust himself unto them, because he knew all things.”
If the very Son of God did not let the praise of the world, or the derision of the world, shake his knowledge of who He was (and is), should we not all try to do the same? For me, doing this is far easier said than done, because unfortunately, I do care what others think of me. But, hopefully not above what God thinks of me.
Oliver Cowdery describes the way we can see ourselves and our relationship with Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, beautifully. He says, “Man may deceive his fellow-men, deception may follow deception… till naught but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falsehood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch with the finger of his love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into insignificance, and blots it forever from the mind.”
I know God is my Heavenly Father because I’ve felt him guiding my life many times. I know His Son Jesus Christ atoned for our sins so that we could enjoy the blessings of living with Him and His Father, our Father, forever. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Posted by Amy Hunter- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints