Have you ever felt like you aren’t important? Or that you aren’t beautiful? These feelings are common for everyone, especially teenagers. We are constantly fighting a battle against the world. We are told that in order to be beautiful we have to wear this and look like that. Our personality has to be a certain way. The world is throwing so much at us, and it can be overwhelming at times. It may also be discouraging, causing us to feel worthless.
A couple of days ago in seminary, my teacher gave a lesson about knowing we are children of God. She shared scriptures with us and a Mormon message. One of the scriptures she shared was D&C 18:10. It reads, “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” My seminary teacher read us this scripture then proceeded to ask, “How much are we worth? Five dollars? Ten? One hundred million?” She gave a moment to think and then said, “Brothers and sisters, there is a semicolon after this scripture. That means it’s not done. Your worth is equivalent to a God’s worth. That is how much you mean to Him.” As soon as my teacher spoke those words, I knew it was true.
President Uchtdorf of the presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints says, “God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.”
My favorite line in this quote is, “Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.” I believe that all of us have felt lost at some point. Maybe some of us are feeling lost right now. Maybe we don’t understand the path we are being led down. Sometimes we just don’t understand and we can’t do it on our own. God and His love is always there for us, especially when we are lost.
Singer Nicole Sheahan sang a song called “I am His Daughter.” In this song she sings about knowing her part in Heavenly Father’s plan. When I feel alone and down about myself, I listen to this beautiful song. The lyrics that stand out to me every time are, “There’s so much more to me. He helps me see that I have so much to offer, I am His daughter. He loves me the way I am, He’s my strength when I stand. He is my King, and my Father. I am His daughter.” This song has brought me to tears several times. This has become my go to song for strength and encouragement.
I have learned not only in my mind but in my heart what it means to be a child of God. I’ve learned that God is always there for us. He is there to cheer us on when we succeed and encourage us when we fail. He is constantly reminding us how important we are, especially to Him. He helps us recognize who we are and what we have to offer. Heavenly Father’s love for us is infinite. He feels pained when we do not love ourselves, especially when He has given us so much to love.
I know that in God’s eyes we are worth more than we can imagine. I know that at times I may feel down or lost, and it’s normal for everyone to feel that way. But I know that God’s hand is always outstretched, and if we pray and have that desire to be lifted up, I know that God will do so. His arms are open and His love is infinite, and I couldn’t be more grateful.