Because it is November, we get to pick our own visiting teaching message from the Conference Report. I usually love this, but I just moved into a new ward. I haven’t even met the women I visit teach. And now I’m trying to find a message.
Although feeling a little overwhelmed by the idea, I feel that this message Elder Uchtdorf shared is what I would like to leave my sisters.
Why Does Heavenly Father Love Us?
Think of the purest, most all-consuming love you can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount—that is the measure of God’s love for you.
God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.
He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.
What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Love of God,” Ensign, November 2009.
What a hopeful message! To know that God loves us, purely – for who we are. I can’t think of any other fact that can inspire such happiness and confidence to our souls. When I remember that I’m a daughter of God, and that he loves me, I want to be a better woman. I want to serve Him more diligently. I feel like John when he said, “We love him, because he first loved us.” (John 4:19). When I think of the unconditional and perfect Love that my Heavenly Father has for me, I want to love Him back.
And think – what it everyone knew that they are God’s children? What if everyone knew that, not only they are God’s children, but that God loves them, personally. I can’t help but think that such knowledge would profoundly change this world.
So, I’m going now – time to do my visiting teaching!