The truth remains that we are children of God

“Now, this is the truth. We humble people, we who feel ourselves sometimes so worthless, so good-for-nothing, we are not so worthless as we think. There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are children of God and that He has actually given His angels … charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping.”

George Q. Cannon, (Gospel Truths, comp. Jerreld L. Newquist, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974, 1:2.), quoted in May 1989, Ensign.

I think it can be easy to feel inadequate. I absolutely love how this quote reminds me of God’s individual and eternal love for me and care for my well being. I see his hand daily in my life.

In what ways do you see God’s hand in your life? Is there a particular or significant experience where you felt his love?

3 thoughts on “The truth remains that we are children of God

  1. Brooke

    There are times in our lives where we notice God’s hand in our life all the time. We see that He is blessing us with everyday blessing such as good health, family, helping us make decisions through the spirit, and protecting us from harm or evil. I think the biggest thing for me is having help when making life decisions – where to move, career decisions, school decisions, marriage, etc. I feel that He is always watching over my life and when I follow His commandments and strive for the Spirit, I look back at my decisions and feel joy knowing He helped me along the way.

  2. Brigham

    God has helped me through too many pinches in my life for me to ever have been able to forget that I am his child and that he loves me. But where this quote from George Q. Cannon really helps me is remembering that the same applies to everybody else, too. And that really means everybody. Even the most unlikeable, despicable, or otherwise unpleasant among us is God’s child, and he loves him or her infinitely more than any earthly parent loves his or her child. It’s hard to do, but when I do manage to remember that it completely changes my attitude towards situations or people. Thanks for the post!

  3. Bertrand Russell

    We want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square at the world — its good facts, its bad facts, its beauties, and its ugliness; see the world as it is and be not afraid of it. Conquer the world by intelligence and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror that comes from it. The whole conception of God is a conception derived from the ancient Oriental despotisms. It is a conception quite unworthy of free men. When you hear people in church debasing themselves and saying that they are miserable sinners, and all the rest of it, it seems contemptible and not worthy of self-respecting human beings. We ought to stand up and look the world frankly in the face. We ought to make the best we can of the world, and if it is not so good as we wish, after all it will still be better than what these others have made of it in all these ages. A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men. It needs a fearless outlook and a free intelligence. It needs hope for the future, not looking back all the time toward a past that is dead, which we trust will be far surpassed by the future that our intelligence can create.


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