Learning of Heavenly Father: A Study of Epic Proportions

“Learning of Heavenly Father: A Study of Epic Proportions,” Liahona, January 2016, 54–55

Learning of Heavenly Father: A Study of Epic Proportions

New Era Magazine, 2016/01 Jan

You pray to Heavenly Father, but have you ever wondered what He’s like? or why in the world He helped you find your lost keys the other day? or how well He knows you? or how He communicates with you?

Luckily, it’s never too late to learn more about God. Now is your chance to begin a scripture study of epic proportions, where you’ll learn exactly why the God of the universe—with many billions of spirit children—thinks about you.

But it can be tough starting epic things, so let this flowchart help get you going.

Each day you can pick a question on the chart. As you follow the steps and answer the questions, try to think about your relationship with Heavenly Father. Think about His role in your life and ask yourself what you could do to draw closer to Him.

What is God even like?

Matthew 7:9–11

1 John 1:5

Ether 3:12

Which words stood out to you? Were any words repeated? Look them up in the dictionary or the Guide to the Scriptures.

How are Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ the same but different?

John 3:16, 35

John 17:20–23

Mormon 7:5–7

Prepare a family home evening lesson about what you learned.

There are billions of people on the earth! How can Heavenly Father possibly know me?

1 Samuel 16:7

Psalm 82:6

Luke 12:6–7

Doctrine & Covenants 93:23

What is the main idea in each scripture? Try to summarize it in fewer than five words.

How can I get to know Heavenly Father?

John 14:6–9

1 John 4:7

Alma 30:44

Doctrine & Covenants 132:22–24

Do a search on LDS.org for any key words you found in the scriptures. Visit lds.org/media-library to watch a video on the topic.

We’re told to talk to Heavenly Father in prayer. But how does Heavenly Father talk to me?

Doctrine & Covenants 1:38

Doctrine & Covenants 8:2–3

Doctrine & Covenants 9:8–9

How do you talk to God? What could you change as a result of what you’ve learned?