I had a religion professor at BYU-Idaho once say in class, "If you get God wrong, you get everything wrong". I never truly understood what he meant by that until the semester kept going, and this is a perfect example. I know the true nature of my Father in Heaven. I know that He is a caring, gentle, loving, endearing, and merciful Father who loves His children. Heavenly Father's joy is founded on our success, and our safe return to live with Him once more (Mosiah 1:39 ). If that doesn't say love, then I do not know what does. I have a very deep relationship with my Father in Heaven, because I know that He loves me, and I love Him. I know who I am to Him. I am not just another spirit that He created and sent to this earth to suffer for the "original sin". Rather, I know that I am a "beloved DAUGHTER of a Heavenly Father who loves me, and I love Him". I also know why I am here on earth. I am here on earth not as a punishment, but as a gift from my Heavenly Father. Thanks to my decision to follow Him and Jesus Christ's plan I was given a body, and this mortal existence to succeed and hopefully one day become like Him.
This fundamental truth I hold near, and dear to my heart, because I know it is true. I know who I am, and most importantly, I know what I mean to Heavenly Father. I mean the world to Him, and more. Nothing I do, no mistake I have or will commit can ever take away my Father's love for me. This knowledge brings a confidence in my life, because it is something that no one can ever take from me. No matter what I encounter in this life I know that I am never alone. He is always with me, and I can always trust in Him and know that everything will turn out fine. I know it's true, because I have felt His love for me everyday in my life, and I am excited to share this with the people of Perú.
"Though our feelings come and go, God's love for us does not"- C.S Lewis