“My Heavenly Father Loves Me”

By Ricardo Lopes de Mendonça

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    Like most parents-to-be, we anxiously awaited the birth of our first baby. We acquired clothing and furniture and chose two names—one for a boy and one for a girl.

    We also chose a special song to sing to our baby throughout the pregnancy. The song we selected was “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (Children’s Songbook, 228–29). We sang these words often, imagining how wonderful it would be to have a baby in our family:

    Whenever I hear the song of a bird

    Or look at the blue, blue sky,

    Whenever I feel the rain on my face

    Or the wind as it rushes by,

    Whenever I touch a velvet rose

    Or walk by our lilac tree,

    I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world

    Heav’nly Father created for me.

    One morning my wife awoke covered with little red spots. We went to the doctor and learned that those little red spots were rubella. The doctor also gave us the disturbing news that since my wife was in the first trimester of her pregnancy, our baby ran a serious risk of being born deaf, blind, or disabled in other ways.

    That night we paid special attention to the second verse of our song:

    He gave me my eyes that I might see

    The color of butterfly wings.

    He gave me my ears that I might hear

    The magical sound of things.

    He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:

    I thank him rev’rently

    For all his creations, of which I’m a part.

    Yes, I know Heav’nly Father loves me.

    We thought about the future and everything that could happen. It was a time of much prayer and fasting to accept the will of our Heavenly Father. We had faith that the Lord would be with us, no matter what happened.

    Our daughter, Alice, was born one month early. After her birth an endless array of tests began to determine the effects of the rubella. When nothing was found, someone spoke of a miracle. We, without a doubt, believe it was.

    Alice is now seven years old, and she loves to sing her favorite song, “My Heavenly Father Loves Me.” We are eternally grateful, but we are also aware that difficult situations don’t always turn out this well and that trials are part of our mortal probation. But we have learned that if we trust Him we have nothing to fear, for as the song teaches, “I know Heav’nly Father loves me.”

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    • Ricardo Lopes de Mendonça is a member of the Parque das Laranjeiras Ward, Sorocaba Brazil Trujillo Stake.