1. Do you believe in God?
2. To what degree do your beliefs in God influence your daily behaviors?
3. What level of accountability do you feel towards God?
Learn of God
Education precedes recognition
The less we know about God and His attributes, the less we will see His hand in our lives.
Conversely, when we actively strive to learn about God and acquire His attributes, the more we will see His hand in our lives and be influenced by Him and His son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”John 3:16–17
You are a child of God
One of the first truths we need to learn is that God is our Heavenly Father and that, spiritually, we are all brothers and sisters.
“You are a child of God. He is the father of your spirit. Spiritually you are of noble birth, the offspring of the King of Heaven. Fix that truth in your mind and hold to it.
“However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line.
“You are a child of God!”To Young Women and Men, Elder Boyd K. Packer (emphasis added)
“As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God — namely, God is our Father, and we are His children — then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship.
“Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other.
“The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them.
“Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.”Prayer, Bible Dictionary (emphasis added)
For me, personally, daily scripture study provides a rock-solid foundation for my daily actions and a lens through which to view others in this fallen world in which we all live.
One of my personal challenges is seeing others as Christ sees them: As individuals with infinite worth and potential. (Especially when those individuals are in front of me on the highway.)
A favorite scripture from the Book of Mormon reads:
“For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?”Mosiah 5:13
Here’s another way to ask the third question:
What level of accountability do you currently feel towards God?
If you don’t feel you currently have enough accountability toward God, I invite you to increase by one percent:
“Every effort to change we make — no matter how tiny it seems to us — just might make the biggest difference in our lives.”One Percent Better, Elder Michael A. Dunn
I know God, our Heavenly Father lives. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and the only way we can return to live with God.
I also know that God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in the early 1800s and that Joseph Smith was the prophet of God through whom the authority and doctrine of Christ’s ancient Church was reestablished, including the Book of Mormon, which Joseph translated by the gift and power of God.
A succession of prophets has continued since Joseph Smith and the Lord’s prophet today is Russell M. Nelson.
60 Beliefs in 60 Seconds
What we believe
We likely have a lot more in common than you thought. Buckle up, because you’re about to hear a lot of our beliefs coming at you rapid fire.