There is a scripture in John 17 that tells us what we need to do to gain eternal life. Because Christ overcame the grave we will all have the blessing of the resurrection. However, there is more required in order to receive all of the blessings that our Heavenly Father has for each of us if we return to Him true and faithful. In this scripture it tells us what we need to do to earn this greater amount of glory.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)

Jesus Christ MormonTo dwell in His presence forever, we need to come to know God, and Jesus Christ, now. In this life.

This raises the very natural questions: who is God, and how do we know Him?

To me, this is one of the greatest blessings of my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have clear and distinct answers that feel true to the nature of my soul where others may falter with a less sure knowledge or no answers at all.

I have learned that God is my Heavenly Father. He is the father of my spirit.
He knows me personally and loves me in spite of me.
He is a resurrected and perfected being. He has a glorified version of our earthy bodies.
We were created in His image.
He understands us.
He will answer our sincere prayers.
He has power over evil.
He wants what is best for us.
He wants us to be like Him.

These things speak a great peace to my soul. I know that they are true. Still, knowing God is a process. Just as you gradually get to know a friend, your relationship with God grows and changes as you do. Hopefully, these changes bring you closer to Him and closer to His will for you.

One of the best ways we have to get to know God is by reading His words.

When we turn to Him in fervent, personal prayer our hearts our opened to His love for us.

When we follow the example of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, we are guiding our footsteps on paths that will lead back to His presence. We express our trust in His power and faith in His way of life.

Simple steps, but more powerful than many we could take: study, pray, follow.

Know God.

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