As we are taught in Genesis chapter 1 and
Abraham chapter 4, life was given to mankind by God. From these chapters, we learn
that human beings are physically alive because God gave them the ability to
live (Genesis 1:26-27, Abraham 4:27) and the fuel to stay alive (Abraham 4:29).
However, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we have
been taught that every human has the ability to become more than just the
imperfect and fallible individuals that we currently are. Because of ancient
and modern revelation, we have learned that human beings have the ability to
become perfected and divine beings because we are in fact God’s children and
can potentially follow in His footsteps of Godhood (Nelson, 1998). Because we
know that we are all children of God, and because He has ensured that there is
a way for us to repent and be changed through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we
know that we have the opportunity to learn and become perfect individuals just
like our Father (Moroni 10:32, Matthew 5:48).
of the reasons why it is important for us to know that we are God’s children is
because it helps us to understand that our relationship with Him is a familial one
and not a distant one. Just as we, generally speaking, have earthly parents who
love us and want us to be happy, God as the Father of our spirits likewise wants
us to flourish and be happy in this life so that we will have the chance to
live both with and like Him in the next. If God really is our Father, He cares
about us whether or not we see Him or know that He is there. As we seek to
learn about Him and the gospel of Jesus Christ in our daily lives, we will come
to feel His love for us even though we physically may not be in His presence.
Nephi is shown the vision of the tree of life, he notes that the tree is
juxtaposed to God’s love (1 Nephi 11:8-9, 21-22) because the “love of God… sheddeth itself abroad in the
hearts of the children of men… and is most desirable above all
things” (1 Nephi 11:22). When we allow God’s love to grow in our hearts, we are
filled with a deep joy that we otherwise would not know or experience. When we strive
to build our relationship with God we will become happier than we otherwise would
become, because God has perfect love for each of us individually and will help
us to feel of that love.
believe that part of the reason why God’s love is depicted in the metaphorical
form of a seed (or tree) in these accounts is to help us to comprehend that
something that starts out small can, over time, become a stout entity. If we take
the love that we currently have for God in our hearts, even if it may only be a
small amount of love, and allow it to grow larger and larger inside of us (Alma
32:41) we will steadily begin to feel more and more of His presence and
involvement in our personal lives. If we start where we currently are, whether
or not we fully understand that He really is with us, eventually and overtime
that love will blossom inside our souls and we will become happier.