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GPC1c5: Why is it important to know God?

Gospel Principles
Unit 1: Our Premortal Life with God
Chapter 1: Our Father In Heaven
Concept 5: Why is it important to know God?

"How Can We Know God?

We can know God if we will--

1. Believe that he exists and that he loves us (Mosiah 4:9  "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; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.").

2. Study the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-17  "14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
  15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures , which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.").

3. Pray to him (James 1:5  "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.").

4. Obey all his commandments as best we can (John 14:21-23  "21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
  22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
  23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.").

As we do these things, we will come to know God and eventually have eternal life.


Discussion

What are some of the ways we can come to know God?
How can each of us do these things in our lives?


Additional Scriptures

Acts 7:55-56 (Son at the right hand of the Father)
  "55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
  56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God."

D&C 88:41-44 (qualities of God)
  "41 He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.
  42 And again, verily I say unto you, he hath given a law unto all things, by which they move in their times and their seasons;
  43 And their courses are fixed, even the courses of the heavens and the earth, which comprehend the earth and all the planets.
  44 And they give light to each other in their times and in their seasons, in their minutes, in their hours, in their days, in their weeks, in their months, in their years all these are one year with God, but not with man."

Psalm 24:1 (the earth is the Lord's)
The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Moses 1:30-39 (Creation)
  "30 And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?
  31 And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.
  32 And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.
  33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
  34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.
  35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
  36 And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
  37 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine.
  38 And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no endto my works, neither to my words.
  39 For behold, this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

Alma 7:20 (God cannot do wrong)
  "20 I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his word, that he cannot walk in crooked paths; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said; neither hath he a shadow of turning from the right to the left, or from that which is right to that which is wrong; therefore, his course is one eternal round."

Joseph Smith--History 1:17 (Father and Son are separate)
  "17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! "

Alma 5:40 (good comes from God)
"  40 For I say unto you that whatsoever is good cometh from God, and whatsoever is evil cometh from the devil."

John 14:6-9 (Son and Father are alike)
  "6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
  8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
  9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?"

Mormon 9:15-20 (God of miracles)
  "15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
  16 Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous works of God?
  17 Who shall say that it was not a miracle that by his word the heaven and the earth should be; and by the power of his word man was created of the dust of the earth; and by the power of his word have miracles been wrought?
  18 And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty miracles? And there were many mighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.
  19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
  20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust."


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Moroni 10:4-5
" 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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