LDS Lesson Ideas

Rainier Oregon Stake

I Know Heavenly Father Loves Me

 

“I Know Heavenly Father Loves Me,” Friend, Jan 2004, 38

I am a child of God. I know Heavenly Father loves me, and I love Him. I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. I am trying to remember and follow Jesus Christ (Faith in God guidebook, inside front cover).\Even though we cannot remember living with Heavenly Father, He remembers. He knows and loves each of us because we are His children.

One day we’ll remember how well we know Him, too. President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) once said, “Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar his face is to us” (quoted in Ensign, May 1991, 66). Can you imagine how exciting it will be to return home to Him someday?

Remembering that we are His children will help us live worthily so that we can return to live with Him forever. President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, “Let us never forget that we are children of God at all times. … There is never a time or a season or a circumstance when we can let down on our standards” (Ensign, Jan. 1998, 73).

Knowing that we are children of God helps us understand that we are never alone. When we pray, He answers. As we obey the commandments, pray for help, and rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can become more like Him.

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A Child of God—No Matter What!

(Based on a true story)

I know my Father lives and loves me too. The Spirit whispers this to me and tells me it is true (Children’s Songbook, 5).

Olivia Dahl Cobián, “A Child of God—No Matter What!,” Friend, Jan. 2009, 34–35

Liliana was excited to go to Primary. She wanted to show Sister Lee her new dress.

I’m a princess!

I’m a princess too!

You both are beautiful princesses. Heavenly Father loves you, and we are His children.

Then Sister Lee showed the class some paper crowns.

These crowns say “I am a child of God.”

The children said the words together and then sang “I Am a Child of God.” It was one of Liliana’s favorite songs.

Sister Lee placed the crowns on their heads, one at a time.

Liliana is a child of God.

Liliana felt warm and happy inside.

Liliana couldn’t wait to show Mama and Daddy her crown.

Now I’m really a princess because I am a child of God.

When it was time for bed, Liliana looked everywhere for her crown. She wanted it by her while she slept.

I can’t find my crown! I want to be a child of God!

Mama sat down and pulled Liliana onto her lap.

How do you feel when you sing “I Am a Child of God”?

Happy.

Me too.

Are you a child of God?

Everyone is a child of God, even without a crown. Always remember, you are a child of God—no matter what!

Mama hugged Liliana, and Liliana smiled as if she knew a special secret.

Illustrations by Elise Black

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