"You are no ordinary beings. You are glorious and eternal"
There was a time not to long ago when I felt absolutely worthless. I constantly thought of how I could end my life and just cease to exist. It didn’t seem worth it anymore. I wanted to be done. I was not important, so what did it matter?
In fact, this is something that I began writing when I was having all of these feelings…. I never finished it, but this is what it said and how I really felt:
“I hate my life so much. I want to die right now. But nobody will let me. And I don’t understand why. My life is pointless. I hurt everyone. I’m a stress to everyone. I’m a burden to everyone and things would be better for people if I was not alive. Really they would. So maybe all I …”
I wanted to be done. Perhaps at times in your life you have felt small and insignificant. It is at these times that the words of prophets and apostles help me to know and feel of my divine worth.
The Words of Dieter F. Uchtdorf
These are words that Dieter F. Uchtdorf said two weeks ago:
“My dear brothers and sisters, it may be true that man is nothing in comparison to the greatness of the universe. At times we may even feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him! If you ever doubt that, consider these four divine principles:
First, God loves the humble and meek, for they are “greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”17
Second, the Lord entrusts “the fulness of [His] gospel [to] be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world.”18 He has chosen “the weak things of the world [to] come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones”19 and to put to shame “the things which are mighty.”20
Third, no matter where you live, no matter how humble your circumstances, how meager your employment, how limited your abilities, how ordinary your appearance, or how little your calling in the Church may appear to you, you are not invisible to your Heavenly Father. He loves you. He knows your humble heart and your acts of love and kindness. Together, they form a lasting testimony of your fidelity and faith.
Fourth and finally, please understand that what you see and experience now is not what forever will be. You will not feel loneliness, sorrow, pain, or discouragement forever. We have the faithful promise of God that He will neither forget nor forsake those who incline their hearts to Him.21 Have hope and faith in that promise. Learn to love your Heavenly Father and become His disciple in word and in deed.
Be assured that if you but hold on, believe in Him, and remain faithful in keeping the commandments, one day you will experience for yourselves the promises revealed to the Apostle Paul: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”22
Brothers and sisters, the most powerful Being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love.
God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.
May we ever believe, trust, and align our lives so that we will understand our true eternal worth and potential. May we be worthy of the precious blessings our Heavenly Father has in store for us is my prayer in the name of His Son, even Jesus Christ, amen.”