As (1 Nephi 11:22). When we allow

            As
we are taught in Genesis chapter 1 and Abraham chapter 4, life was given to
mankind by God. From these chapters, we learn that human beings are physically alive
because God gave them the ability to live (Genesis 1:26-27, Abraham 4:27) and
the fuel to stay alive (Abraham 4:29). However, as members of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we have been taught that all of mankind has
the ability to become more than just the imperfect and fallible individuals
that we currently are. Through ancient and modern revelation, we have learned that
mortals have the ability to become perfected and divine beings because we are in
fact God’s children and can potentially follow in His footsteps of Godhood (Nelson,
1998). Because we know that we are all children of God, and because He has
provided a way for us to repent and be cleansed through the blood of Jesus
Christ, we know that we have the opportunity to learn, grow and become perfect beings
just like our Heavenly Father (Moroni 10:32, Matthew 5:48).   

            One
of the reasons why it is important for us to know that we are God’s children is
because it helps us to understand that our relationship with Him is a familial one
and not a distant one. Just as we, generally speaking, have earthly parents who
love us and want us to be happy, God as the Father of our spirits likewise wants
us to succeed and be happy in this life so that we will have the chance to live
both with and like Him in the next. If God really is our Father, He cares about
us whether or not we see Him or know that He is there. As we seek to learn
about Him and the gospel of Jesus Christ in our daily lives, we will come to feel
His love for us even though we physically may not be in His presence.

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            When
Nephi is shown the vision of the tree of life, he notes that the tree is
compared to God’s love (1 Nephi 11:8-9, 21-22) because the “love of God… sheddeth itself abroad in the
hearts of the children of men… and is most desirable above all
things” (1 Nephi 11:22). When we allow God’s love to grow in our hearts, we are
filled with a deep joy that we otherwise would not know or experience. When we strive
to build our relationship with God we will become happier than we otherwise would
become, because God has perfect love for each of us individually and will help
us to feel of that love.

I
believe that part of the reason why God’s love is depicted in the metaphorical
form of a seed (or tree) in these accounts is to help us, His children,
understand that something that starts out small can, over time, become a stout entity.
If we take the love that we currently have for God in our hearts, even if it
may only be a small amount of love, and allow it to grow bigger and bigger inside
of us (Alma 32:41) we will slowly begin to feel more and more of His presence
and involvement in our personal lives. If we start where we currently are,
whether or not we fully understand that He really is with us, eventually and
overtime that love will blossom inside our souls and we will become happier.