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How can I know my Heavenly Father?

We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us and wants us to draw near to Him. He has given us the opportunity to pray to Him and has promised to hear and answer our prayers. We can also come to know Him as we study the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets and as we strive to become more like Him by following His will.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other resources will help the young women know Heavenly Father?

John 17:3 (The importance of knowing Heavenly Father)

1 John 2:3–5; 4:7–8; Enos 1:1–7; Mosiah 4:9–12; 5:13; D&C 88:63–65; 93:1 (How we come to know Heavenly Father)

Richard G. Scott, “Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2007, 8–11

Robert D. Hales, “Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus ChristEnsign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 29–32

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Grandeur of God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2003, 70–73

Videos: “He Knows Me,” “Prayer”

I Know My Father Lives,” Hymns, no. 302; “O My Father,” Hymns, no. 292

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Sing “I Know My Father Lives” (Hymns, no. 302) or “O My Father” (Hymns, no. 292). Discuss with the young women what these hymns teach us about Heavenly Father and how we can come to know Him.  
  • With permission from the bishop, invite a father of one of the young women to share his feelings about being a father. He could talk about how he feels about his daughter, what he hopes she achieves in life, and how he hopes to help her succeed. Ask the young women to compare what this father said with how their Father in Heaven feels about them.
  • Write the following questions on the board: When have you felt closest to Heavenly Father? What were you doing that allowed you to feel close to Him? Ask the young women to write their answers and share them if they feel comfortable doing so.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women understand how they can come to know their Heavenly Father better. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Display items to represent prayer, the Holy Ghost, and the words of the prophets (such as a mobile phone, a flashlight, and a map). Tell the young women that each of these items represents something that Heavenly Father has given us to help us know Him better. Invite them to suggest what these items might represent. As a class, read Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ.” (Consider inviting the young women to read this talk before coming to class.) Invite the young women to look for statements that teach them how prayer, the Holy Ghost, and the words of the prophets can help them know Heavenly Father. What else do they find in this talk that inspires them to want to know Heavenly Father better? Invite them to share their feelings about Heavenly Father.
  • Assign each young woman one of the following scriptures: 1 John 2:3–5; 4:7–8; Enos 1:1–7; Mosiah 4:9–12; 5:13; D&C 88:63–65; 93:1. Ask the young women to study their scripture passages and look for ways they can know Heavenly Father. Invite them to share what they learn and any experiences they have had coming to know their Heavenly Father in these ways.
  • Invite the young women to read John 17:3, and ask them to explain the difference between knowing about someone and knowing someone. Invite them to think about someone they know very well. What have they done to get to know that person? List their responses on the board. How can we use similar methods to know Heavenly Father? Invite half of the class to read Enos 1:1–7, and invite the other half to read the first two sections of Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer.” Ask the young women to look for ways they can improve their communication with Heavenly Father. After they have discussed what they found, invite them to ponder their relationship with Heavenly Father or a few minutes and consider what they can do to improve it.
  • Write on the board: “Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to draw near to Him. He has given us the opportunity to pray to Him.” Ask a young woman to read these statements aloud, and invite the class to share experiences they have had with prayer. Show the video “Prayer.” What impresses the young women about President Monson’s testimony? What do the young women notice about Sister Ogando’s relationship with Heavenly Father? What role did prayer play in that relationship? Give the young women a few minutes to reflect on their relationship with Heavenly Father and how they can improve that relationship.  

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand how they can come to know their Heavenly Father better? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Write in their journals something they plan to do to improve their relationship with Heavenly Father and follow through with their plan.
  • Complete Individual Worth value experience 1 from Personal Progress.