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Purpose: In a time where we can feel alone, forgotten and even abandoned, let us not forget that our loving Father in Heaven knows each of us. He knows our struggles, our hopes, our fears, our needs and desires. He is here for us, let us remember this and teach it to our children.

Song: "He Is There"
Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 112:10

Lesson: Have you ever felt alone in this great big world? Have you ever been out on a mountain top or on the huge blue ocean and wondered–does anyone know who I really am?

If you’ve thought this…you’re not alone.

Heavenly Father wants us to know for a surety that we are NOT alone. He wants us to know that He has so much unconditional love for each of us and that He has a divine plan for all of His children to return to him. A plan that all of us can follow and he loves us so much that he’s given us all the tools we need to follow his simple plan. With scriptures, prophets, church and temples and even our personal prayers, we have been well equipped to be able to know how much love our Father in Heaven has for us.

We can look at the world around us and also see the power and love of our Father in Heaven.

Discussion:

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What are some of the ways you know that Heavenly Father loves you?

2. Have you ever felt alone?

3. How has God’s love helped you understand you’re not alone?

Quote:


Elder Hugh B. Brown, who became an Apostle in the Church shared:

“If I had a bad dream in the night when I was young, I would awaken and call out, ‘Mother, are you there?’ Since mother’s room was next to mine, she would hear me and answer quickly, ‘Yes, Son, I’m here.’

“Years later when I left for a mission to England, my mother reminded me that she wouldn’t be there to answer when I called but that our Heavenly Father would always be there.

“Many times on my mission and throughout my life I have called out: ‘Father, are you there?’ … Always, I have received an answer” (in Joleen Meredith, “Friend to Friend,” Friend, Aug. 1975, p. 7).

For Parents: Explain that Heavenly Father may not talk to us out loud, but he is always watching over us. Sometimes he helps us by giving us peaceful feelings or by putting ideas into our minds.

Activity:

Create a journal with the printable below. Each day write down a way that you felt that Heavenly Father was aware of you.

Share the experiences with your family and/or add this paper inside your scriptures to reflect back on when you have bad days.


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Comments

07/28/2016 12:27am

Two weeks ago, I attended a retreat along with a couple of my batch mates. I find it really nice that the university makes such available for both the students and employees alike. It has actually been three years since I last attended a retreat, so this was a great experience for me. One thing I was told to keep in mind is that the heavenly Father does know and understand us more than we ever could ourselves. In times of trial and success, this remains true. He is there always.

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04/05/2017 8:04am

I believe I've waiting long enough and now I'm ready. Let's speak.

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