Child of God

See also: Daughter of God, Divine Nature, Eternal Identity

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“Brothers and sisters, we are eternal beings, without beginning and without end. We have always existed. We are the literal spirit children of divine, immortal, and omnipotent Heavenly Parents!”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, First Presidency
O How Great the Plan of Our God!” October 2016 General Conference

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“…Membership in the family of God is not contingent upon any kind of status—marital status, parental status, financial status, social status, or even the kind of status we post on social media.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Family is of God,” April 2015 General Conference

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“As daughters of God, you were born to lead.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Now Is the Time to Arise and Shine!” April 2012 General Conference

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“Young women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, remember who you are! You are elect. You are daughters of God. You cannot be a generation of young women who are content to fit in. You must have the courage to stand out, to ‘arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.’ The world would have you believe that you are not significant—that you are out of fashion and out of touch.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Remember Who You Are!” April 2010 General Conference

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“Remember that every soul on this earth is also a child of God. We must treat each other with the love and kindness befitting a child of God.”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Mind the Gap,” October 2009 General Conference

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“Your position in time and place is no accident. Your ‘exceeding faith and good works’ (Alma 13:3) then has laid the foundation for what you may accomplish now if you are faithful and obedient. You are God’s precious daughters, and you have a great work to do. In order to accomplish your divine mission and live the plan of happiness, you too must be steadfast and immovable ‘at all times and in all things, and in all places’ (Mosiah 18:9).”

Elaine S. Dalton, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
At All Times, in All Things, and in All Places,” April 2008 General Conference

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“To the youth of the noble birthright, look into the windows of eternity! See yourselves in the Lord’s holy temples. See yourselves living worthy and pure lives. Generations are depending on you! I testify that worthiness is possible because of the redeeming and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I pray that it may be said of each one of us, ‘They shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.’ ”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Look toward Eternity!” October 2006 General Conference

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“My call to you is the same as Moroni’s call: ‘Awake, and arise … , O daughter[s] of Zion.’ He saw you. He saw this day. These are your days! It is up to you to decide that you will ‘arise and shine forth.’ I believe that as you awake and arise, your light will be a standard to the nations, but I also believe your standards will be a light to the nations. You are set apart. You distinguished yourselves in the premortal existence. Your lineage carries with it a covenant and promises. You have inherited the spiritual attributes of the faithful—even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Your very nature reflects your divine heritage and destiny. The fact that you were born a girl is not by chance. Your divine characteristics will be magnified as you lead others and arise to your divine potential. Draw close to the Savior. He lives! He is the light, life, and hope of the world. He will lead you and give you courage to share your light.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
It Shows in Your Face,” April 2006 General Conference

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“Children need to be filled with the light of the gospel so when temptation comes they can say: ‘I know who I am. I am a child of God. I know what I am to do. I am to be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and keep the commandments.’ Then children can say: ‘I know who I can become. I can become a righteous young woman,’ or, ‘I can become a righteous young man […]’ Children filled with this knowledge and light can make the decision to reject darkness and turn to the light and peace of the gospel.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
All Thy Children Shall Be Taught,” April 2005 General Conference

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“You are a child of God. You have a loving Heavenly Father who hears and answers your prayers. He wants you to be worthy to return and live with Him someday. Knowing this can help you plan for your earthly and eternal future with a brightness of hope.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
Show You Know,” April 2003 General Conference

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“Invitations from the Lord are vital. They guide us back to our Heavenly Father and lead us in the way of truth and righteousness. Truly they acknowledge our infinite worth as daughters of God. They are so lovingly personalized. They come from our Heavenly Father. He speaks to us in a language of invitations: ‘Come unto me,’ ‘Follow me,’ ‘Come ye.’ ”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
Come, Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord,” October 1998 General Conference

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“God has given us many gifts, much diversity, and many differences, but the essential thing is what we know about each other—that we are all his children. Our challenge as members of the Church is for all of us to learn from each other, that we may all love each other and grow together.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Baskets and Bottles,” April 1996 General Conference

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“We are here today not because of what we do but because of who we are—daughters of our Father in Heaven. We value such definition for we are women of covenant. Our covenants hold great significance because we have made them with the Lord. They act as a fortification against the powers of opposition, a reinforcement and reminder of why we are here.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” October 1993 General Conference

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“To be a woman of covenant is a sacred and holy calling. Our covenants should ennoble us, serving as inspiration and incentive. A deepened understanding of our covenants lifts our vision to the loftier vistas awaiting us. As we are ‘true followers of … Jesus Christ,’ we can become the daughters of God, ‘that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.’ ”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Look Up and Press On,” April 1992 General Conference

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“If I could have the desire of my heart for you, it would be that you feel valued for your own goodness. The starting point is knowing that you are a daughter of God.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
These Things Are Manifested unto Us Plainly,” October 1990 General Conference

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“Every Sunday throughout the world young women stand together and repeat the Young Women Theme. You say, ‘We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us.’ That theme has become part of the creed of my life. I personalize it and say, ‘I, Elaine Jack; am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves me, and I love him.’ When I listen to you say it, I recall my feelings at your age. Sometimes I still feel that way. Even though I’m a grandmother, I need assurance that I am somebody. We all need to be reminded that we are daughters of a Heavenly Father.

“That eternal truth is so important.”

Elaine L. Jack, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Identity of a Young Woman,” October 1989 General Conference

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“I, too, have experienced what Paul taught when he said, ‘The Spirit beareth witness that we are children of God.’

“When you have that witness, then you know that you are part of God’s family, that Jesus Christ is your elder brother, and that you’ve inherited the characteristics of love, forgiveness, patience, service, tolerance, obedience. Christ is our example. If you wonder about other traits you have inherited, your patriarchal blessing will help you discover individual qualities.”

Elaine L. Jack, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Identity of a Young Woman,” October 1989 General Conference

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“To have faith and understand that each of us is truly a child of God gives assurance to our sense of worth.”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
Prepare to Teach His Children,” October 1983 General Conference

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“Of all the creations of God, men and women are the ones that are to become as he is. We are his children. He has given us a plan, a model, and teachings that will help us gain his attributes.

“We can learn to become like him as we use his ways to teach our children: establishing regular communications with them; listening, guiding, prompting; watching over them always; protecting but not manipulating; allowing them to learn by experience; correcting them in such a way that they learn to obey—not because it is our will, but because they have learned to do what is right to do to grow in wisdom.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Her Children Arise Up, and Call Her Blessed,” April 1982 General Conference

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