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Gospel Principles Ch1 Our Heavenly Father

Gospel Principles Ch1 Our Heavenly Father

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Our Heavenly Father
Chapter 1
 There Is a God
•WhataresomethingsthattestifytoyouthatthereisaGod?
 Alma, a Book o Mormon prophet, wrote, “All things denote there isa God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the ace o it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in theirregular orm do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma30:44) We can look up at the sky at night and have an idea o what Alma meant There are millions o stars and planets, all in perectorder They did not get there by chance We can see the work o God in the heavens and on the earth The many beautiul plants, themany kinds o animals, the mountains, the rivers, the clouds thatbring us rain and snow—all these testiy to us that there is a God The prophets have taught us that God is the Almighty Ruler o theuniverse God dwells in heaven (see D&C 20:17) Through His Son, Jesus Christ, He created the heavens and the earth and all thingsthat are in them (see 3 Nephi 9:15; Moses 2:1) He made the moon,the stars, and the sun He organized this world and gave it orm,motion, and lie He lled the air and the water with living thingsHe covered the hills and plains with all kinds o animal lie Hegave us day and night, summer and winter, seedtime and harvestHe made man in His own image to be a ruler over His other cre-ations (see Genesis 1:26–27)God is the Supreme and Absolute Being in whom we believe and whom we worship He is “the Great Parent o the universe,” andHe “looks upon the whole o the human amily with a atherly care
For teachers:
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Chapter 1
and paternal regard” (
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: JosephSmith
[2007], 39)
 The Nature of God
•WhataresomeofGod’sattributes?
Because we are made in His image (see Moses 2:26; 6:9), we knowthat our bodies are like His body His eternal spirit is housed in a tan-gible body o fesh and bones (see D&C 130:22) God’s body, how-ever, is perected and gloried, with a glory beyond all descriptionGod is perect He is a God o righteousness, with attributes such aslove, mercy, charity, truth, power, aith, knowledge, and judgmentHe has all power He knows all things He is ull o goodness All good things come rom God Everything that He does is to helpHis children become like Him He has said, “Behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternallie o man” (Moses 1:39)
•WhyisitimportantforustounderstandthenatureofGod?
Coming to Know God
•HowcanwecometoknowGod?
Knowing God is so important that the Savior said, “This is lie eter-nal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3) The rst and greatest commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lordthy God with all thy heart” (Matthew 22:37) The more we know God, the more we love Him and keep His com-mandments (see 1 John 2:3–5) By keeping His commandments wecan become like Him We can know God i we will:1 Believe that He exists and that He loves us (see Mosiah 4:9)2 Study the scriptures (see 2 Timothy 3:14–17) 

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