Youth from around the world describe moments when they’ve felt God’s love for them.
Because God knows us individually, we experience that love in personal and unique ways—an unexpected answer to prayer, a quiet moment in a beautiful place, tender mercies throughout our day, and many other ways. God’s love is real and all around us if we’ll just pause to notice. You can learn to recognize the love of God in your life. Here are some stories from youth who have felt His love.
My Heavenly Father Loves Me
By Hannah P.
I took a walk recently and was reminded of just how infinite our Savior’s love is.
I passed by people who smiled and waved. I came to a park, where I swung on the swings. I sat on a bench and watched a bird gather grass clippings for a nest, a butterfly land at my feet and flutter its wings, the cotton fall from the trees, and a spider web glisten in the sunlight.
“My Heavenly Father Loves Me” consumed my thoughts. I repeated it over and over, and I felt one last thing: peaceful, true, eternal, and amazing love.
I felt the sun’s warm rays on my face, arms, and legs. I felt the wind brush against me, cooling my skin and rushing through my hair. Then I thought of what a miracle that was since I am a cancer survivor. I have hair. I felt my heart pump and my pulse slow down as I rested.
Then I just thought. I thought of what has happened and what may happen. I pictured myself years from now with the ones I love most, laughing and playing in a similar park. I don’t remember everything I thought, but it doesn’t really matter, because in the end the song “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (Children’s Songbook, 228–29) consumed my thoughts. I repeated it over and over, and I felt one last thing: peaceful, true, eternal, and amazing love.
And that is what it all comes down to—love.
By Timothy A.
As I have been on my knees lately asking Heavenly Father for help and guidance, I have found that I place a lot of trust and confidence in Him. I know that He cares. The power of prayer is not only a gift from our Heavenly Father but it is also very powerful and effective if you put in the effort.
I have noticed a huge difference in my life now that I have been praying more. One of my favorite things to do is to find a quiet and peaceful area where I can talk to my Heavenly Father and tell Him how I am feeling. I have felt His love through prayer, and I know that He wants us to speak to Him and remember Him always in our hearts and in our minds.
A Priesthood Blessing
By Joseph E.
I had been struggling for a few weeks with some health problems when a friend told me she was praying and felt prompted to tell me I needed a blessing. I knew she was right, but I felt worthless. I felt like I didn't deserve a blessing.
Then I was looking at youth.lds.org and found an article on priesthood blessings at the very top. The Spirit was so strong as I read the article. I knew my friend was right and I truly needed a blessing.
I know Heavenly Father wants to bless us, and we only need to ask. No matter how worthless you feel, you are still a son or daughter of God. He loves you.
I asked my father for a blessing that night. After the blessing I felt a comfort and calm that hadn't been there before.
I know Heavenly Father wants to bless us, and we only need to ask. No matter how worthless you feel, you are still a son or daughter of God. He loves you. We may be stubborn sometimes, but if we will humble ourselves and ask for a blessing, it can change lives.
Shy No More
By Raina N.
I have always been a naturally shy person around people I don’t know well. The summer before my sophomore year, my two best friends moved. School started, and it seemed as if Satan knew my weakness and set out to intensify it. I had a group to hang out with at school but didn’t feel included. I became insecure about my status at school.
One night before bed, I was reading Ether 12:27 when suddenly I understood that the Lord wanted to help me make good friends. If I had humility and faith, the Lord would help make my weakness a strength.
I have seen how the Lord has kept His promise. It doesn’t matter where I stand on the high school social ladder, because Heavenly Father loves me for who I am. He has billions of children, but I know that He loves us individually for our own unique qualities. How grateful I am for the lesson I learned that night and for the peace and serenity that come with knowing God lives, He loves us individually, and He wants to help His children. I love Him with all my heart.
Who Am I Really?
By Michelle M.
When I was 17, I had been to many different Church activities and even a few Church meetings, but I was not a member of the Church.
One Sunday afternoon I was home with my mom. I think I had disappointed her and was feeling very down. My friend Karen called to see if I wanted to go to a fireside with her. I agreed. I remember that as the speaker came to the pulpit, he started by saying, “Who am I?”
How grateful I am for the lesson I learned that night and for the peace and serenity that come with knowing God lives, He loves us individually, and He wants to help His children.
I thought to myself, “I am a horrible person. My mom is mad at me.” The speaker continued, “I am a son, I am a father, I am an uncle.” And then he paused. It became very quiet, and he said, “I am a child of God.”
He looked at me and said, “You are a child of God.” And then he looked to someone else and said again, “You are a child of God.”
I was not yet familiar with the Spirit and what it felt like, but I got a lump in my throat and started to cry. I was a little embarrassed and didn’t know what to think, so I left. I called my sister and her husband, who are Church members, and asked if I could talk to the missionaries that night. We met with them, and I was baptized three weeks later. The Spirit truly witnessed to me that night that I was a child of God.
What about You?
Just like these youth, you can learn to recognize God’s love in your life. Consider writing these experiences in your journal and sharing them with friends and family. You can also share with others by clicking on Share your experience below.
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