Heavenly Father quotes & handout

Here’s a printable handout with my favorite quotes about Heavenly Father:

God the Father Quotes

And here’s one of my favorites:

“…There, in the midst of a grand vision of humankind which heaven opened to his view, Enoch, observing both the blessings and challenges of mortality, turns his gaze toward the Father and is stunned to see Him weeping.  He says in wonder and amazement to this most powerful Being in the universe: “How is it that thou canst weep? . . . Thou art just [and] merciful and kind forever; . . . Peace . . . is the habitation of thy throne; and mercy shall go before thy face and have no end; how is it thou canst weep?”

Looking out on the events of almost any day, God replies: “Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands. . . . I gave unto them . . . [a] commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood. . . . Wherefore should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer?”  (Moses 7:29–33, 37)

That single, riveting scene does more to teach the true nature of God than any theological treatise could ever convey.  It also helps us understand much more emphatically that vivid moment in the Book of Mormon allegory of the olive tree, when after digging and dunging, watering and weeding, trimming, pruning, transplanting, and grafting, the great Lord of the vineyard throws down his spade and his pruning shears and weeps, crying out to any who would listen, “What could I have done more for my vineyard?”  (Jacob 5:41; see also Jacob 5:47, 49)

What an indelible image of God’s engagement in our lives!  What anguish in a parent when His children do not choose Him nor “the gospel of God” He sent!   (Rom. 1:1) How easy to love someone who so singularly loves us!

Of course the centuries-long drift away from belief in such a perfect and caring Father hasn’t been helped any by the man-made creeds of erring generations which describe God variously as unknown and unknowable – formless, passionless, elusive, ethereal, simultaneously everywhere and nowhere at all.  Certainly that does not describe the Being we behold through the eyes of these prophets.  Nor does it match the living, breathing, embodied Jesus of Nazareth who was and is in “the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his [Father].”” (Heb. 1:3; see also 2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15.) (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Grandeur of God,” Ensign, October 2003)