GPC1c5: Why is it important to know God?
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
"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
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is
given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable
, for reproof
, for correction, for instruction
17 That the man of God may be perfect
, throughly furnished unto all good
3. Pray to him
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
"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
As we do these things, we will come to know God and eventually have eternal life.
What are some of the ways we can come to know God?
How can each of us do these things in our lives?
(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
, 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
(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."
(the earth is the Lord's
The earth is
's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
"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
33 And worlds
without number have I created
; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son
them, which is mine Only
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
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 end
to 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
(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
, 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!
(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."
(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?"
(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
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
" 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
of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know
of all things."
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