Knowing we matter to God can help us to accept who we are. We may think that our imperfections make us worthless, but we are everything to God.
The magnificent things that surround us—the universe as a whole—may sometimes make us wonder how our value can be comparable to all of God’s other creations. Unlike the stars and galaxies, we are prone to make mistakes and do not always do as he commands. Such mistakes may lead us to believe that our inability to do all that he asks diminishes our worth.
In the October 2011 general conference, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addresses this common feeling of worthlessness in his talk “You Matter to Him.” He teaches that God himself said the universe was made for us. Elder Uchtdorf shares that “while against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast.” As children of God, we have an inherent divine worth. Life sometimes makes us feel small and weak, but that feeling won’t ever change how our Father in Heaven feels about us.
Heavenly Father created us with the promise that we can become like him if we are faithful and if we rely on him as we strive to be worthy of the blessings he has prepared for us. Because of our divine potential, our mistakes and sins may affect our worthiness, but they will never diminish our worth or value in God’s eyes. And through Christ’s Atonement, we can become clean and regain our worthiness before God. No matter where we are or what we’re doing, God is aware of us and wants to lead us to greater happiness because we are everything to him.
Read more about our divine worth in President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s full talk “You Matter to Him.”
Source: General Conference
—Emma Hill, Latter-day Saint Insights
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To learn more about our worth as children of God, read Elder Harold G. Hillam’s talk “The Worth of Souls.”