“Heavenly Father Knows Me,” For the Strength of Youth, Jan. 2022.
When I was camping with my dad, we shared a moment I’ll never forget. We hiked up the side of a mountain late one night and found a spot to sit together. As we looked across the night sky, we were surrounded by the most brilliant stars I’d ever seen. We sat together for a long time, naming planets and constellations one by one.
Looking out at the universe in front of me, I felt pretty small and unimportant. I couldn’t even imagine how many other planets are out there—“worlds without end,” right? What was I compared to all that?
I asked my dad if there was other life out there in the universe, already feeling overwhelmed at the thought. He must have read my thoughts, because he simply said: “Here’s what I know. Heavenly Father has a lot of creations, as you can see. But of all His creations, He loves you individually.
“He sees everything you go through and wants more than anything to be a part of your life. He wants to bring you joy and help you get back to live with Him forever.”
I still felt small under the huge night sky, but I believed my dad’s testimony. I mattered to Heavenly Father. And He wanted to be in my life.
I remembered what President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then-Second Counselor in the First Presidency, taught: “This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God.”1
Like that starry sky, God’s creations are endless—but so is His love for each of His children. For each of us. Sometimes I think back to that moment when I sat on a mountain in awesome wonder. I might be nothing compared to God, but He doesn’t think that way. I’m His son, and He knows me.
The author lives in California, USA