Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Letter

I teach relief society every 2nd Sunday. Some weeks I'm good at it. Other weeks I'm relying entirely on Heavenly Father's help to teach my sisters. As you've figured out already, it's the 2nd Sunday, which means I taught. I was a crying mess. I really was. Pair that with the cold I'm still getting over... it was bad. But it was bad for good reasons. The Spirit was so strong in that room, I wasn't the only one crying. The lesson itself went well, but I found a 'letter from Heavenly Father' a few days ago, and chose to include it in the lesson. I cut it into 7 pieces and had girls read it out loud. Girls that weren't crying already started crying though this. After it ended, I gave paper and pens to everyone and encouraged them to write a letter back to Him, so they could express their love and testimonies to Him.

Here's the letter. I really encourage you to read it, and take a few minutes of your day to realize how incredibly special and loved you are.

Dear Daughter,

I remember well the day you left my side, wandered through the veil and ventured forth to fulfill your earthly mission. I had a tear in my eye as I clothed your spirit in a cloak of love and sent you off to learn. Be assured that my thoughts are with you now, as always. 

I love you with all of my heart. I know your life, the good, the bad, your grief, your disappointments, your unrewarded efforts, your frustrations. But always remember-- all that I have is yours if you will only come home again.

Daughter, realize that in you I have placed a bit of heaven. no one was exempt. I love all of my children. You have some blessed gift, some talent, some little part of me in you. Search for it, develop it, use it, and most importantly, share it with others. If you really love me, then help others find themselves and lead them to me. Show your love by serving others.

Repent of your failings and humble yourself. Make yourself ever teachable and continually strive to improve. I gave you weaknesses to help you be humble. Don't condemn me for that. I did it because I love you. Be full of hope. Don't let discouragement engulf you. I'll come if you need me. 

Daughter, cease your idle contentions. Be a peacemaker, for it breaks my heart to see so many of my children fighting. If they could only see what I have hoped, planned and desired for them. My heart breaks as I watch them. But you, faithful daughter, are my hope. It is through you that my work must proceed. You haven't much time and there is so much work to be done. I beg you to get started. Accomplish the mission I gave to you before you left me. I'll help you. I'll never be too busy or too far away to come to you. I'm nearer to you always than you might suspect. I have so much I would like to tell you, but I can't if you don't pray.

Come to me often in prayer. I love to talk to you, my beloved daughter. Be diligent in my work and my kingdom shall be yours. I'd love to take you in my arms, but I too, must wait patiently: that time will come. Till then I leave you my peace, my blessing, my love, and never forget I am nearby whenever you need me. 

I love you and miss you so very much and, oh, how I am looking forward to your return to me and your Mother.

All my love,

Your Heavenly Father

I know I am a child of God. I know that He knows me, my trials, my troubles, and my worries. He rejoices with me in my successes, and He comforts me when I fail and falter. I love Him with all my heart, and I know He loves me.



  1. My first comment did not go through for some reason when I clicked Publish, so hopefully this one works...... I think I'll give it a try before I write another "essay"....

  2. Dear Courtney,
    As I read this earlier tonight, the thought came to me that these very words in the letter are the same things that I would say to you as your parent. I am so proud of you for all your hard work and dedication to everything that you do! I am so grateful that you have always had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ!! I know that he has been with us throughout all of our ups and downs. He loves you and will always be there for you!!! Keep up the good work that you are doing and remember to enjoy the journey!! I love you with all of my heart!! <3