Minister’s Forum: Answers to questions |

Minister’s Forum: Answers to questions

I have anxiously waited for my opportunity to share with you the answers to the questions that we introduced on our last column. Due to space constraints, we can only answer a few at a time. Here are the first few.

God is your father in heaven (Matthew 6:9). We call God the Heavenly Father because he is the father of our spirits, and we are created in his image (Genesis 1:27).

God has a body that looks like yours. His body is immortal, perfected and has a glory beyond description. He knows you personally and loves you more than you can comprehend. To help you find happiness in this life and guide you to return to live with him, the Heavenly Father provided a plan called the gospel of Jesus Christ, a guide based on the life teachings of his son, Jesus.

From the beginning, the Heavenly Father has called prophets to testify, record his word and provide his plan for his children on the Earth. The teachings of prophet are found in sacred books called scriptures (Amos 3:7).

Your Heavenly Father knows you and loves you and wants to help you return to him. Your life on Earth is part of his plan for you to gain a body, learn, grow and find joy. Sometimes life is hard, lonely or frightening, but your Heavenly Father is always there. He sorrows when you suffer and rejoices when you do what is right. He wants to communicate with you as you sincerely pray to him, and he stands ready to give you comfort, peace and guidance in your life.

Jesus Christ taught that you must know the only true God to have eternal life (John 1:3). As his child, you must know who he is and what he is like to find greater peace and joy, both in this life and in the life to come.

God has established families to bring happiness to his children, allow them to learn correct principles in a loving atmosphere and prepare them to return to him after they die. Because families are ordained of God, they are the most important social unit in time and in eternity.

Marriage (Genesis 2:18) and family (Genesis 1:28) are central focal points in God’s plan for the eternal destiny of his children. Your Heavenly Father wants you to do all you can during your time on Earth to prepare yourself to live in an eternal family.

Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on sound principles, like those that Jesus Christ taught. These principles include faith in Jesus Christ, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities. A home established on gospel principles is a place of refuge and safety, where the spirit of the Lord can abide, blessing family members with peace, joy and happiness (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”).

No marriage or family is perfect. When dealing with challenging relationships, it may help to remember that each person on this Earth is a beloved son or daughter of God and has a divine nature and destiny. Learning to love and serve your family members, as Christ taught, will help you become more like your Heavenly Father and will help you prepare to live with him again in an eternal family.

– Anthony Naccarato is bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Lake Tahoe.

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