We learn of Heavenly Father from the beginning of our Church experience—from our first prayer to our first time singing “I Am a Child of God” ( Hymns, no. 301). What Latter-day Saints know about God the Father is unique, and it makes all the difference to us.
Here are three scriptural accounts of people who have beheld the Father:
But, as Jesus said, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (
“One of the great over-arching doctrines of this Church is our belief in God the Eternal Father. He is a being, real and individual. He is the great Governor of the universe, yet He is our Father, and we are His children.
“We pray to Him, and those prayers are a conversation between God and man. I am confident that
He hears our prayers and answers them.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008), “The Things of Which I Know,”
Liahona and Ensign, May 2007, 83.
is the one true God. This thing is certain: no one will ever ascend above Him; no one will ever replace Him. … He is Eloheim, the Father. He is God. Of Him there is only one.”
President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “The Pattern of Our Parentage,”
Ensign, Nov. 1984, 69.
When God the Father speaks, He bears witness of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. For example:
The Savior’s Mission to Reveal the Father
“In all that Jesus came to say and do, … He was showing us who and what God our Eternal Father is like, how completely devoted He is to His children in every age and nation. In word and in deed
Jesus was trying to reveal and make personal to us the true nature of His Father, our Father in Heaven.”
Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “The Grandeur of God,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 70.
Heavenly Parents: A Powerful Truth
“Consider the power of the idea taught in our beloved song ‘I Am a Child of God’ (
Hymns, 1985, no. 301). … Here is the answer to one of life’s great questions, ‘Who am I?’ I am a child of God with a spirit lineage to heavenly parents. That parentage defines our eternal potential. That powerful idea is a potent antidepressant. It can strengthen each of us to make righteous choices and to seek the best that is within us.”
Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Powerful Ideas,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 25.
The First Vision, by Gary L. Kapp