Do you know who you are? Each Sunday, as you recite the Young Women Theme, you remind yourself of a very important truth: That you are a “daughter of your Heavenly Father who loves you.” Being a daughter of Heavenly Father means you are important, you belong, you matter, you have something to contribute, and most importantly, you are loved, so very loved, by your Father in Heaven.
Heavenly Father not only wants, but needs you, His daughter, to know who you are. This is not a new message. This is something you have been taught and hear about often, but when you understand what it means to be a daughter of God, you will feel His divine love for you and it changes everything.
We are bombarded with messages through television, magazines, movies, advertisements, blogs, and especially social media, telling us how we should look, what we should wear, what we should eat, what workouts or fitness programs we should be doing, and what kind of makeup we should buy. The list goes on and on. Then there are the so-called “experts” telling us what will make us happy, what will bring success and love into our lives, or what will make us feel better about ourselves and more fulfilled. I even came across a blog telling women that their success, power, happiness, and even their divinity, comes from their sexuality. With so many mixed messages and different ideologies, it is easy to get caught up and confused. We can easily forget where the true source of beauty, happiness, power, success, peace, fulfillment, and divinity comes from. Speaking to the young women of the Church, former Young Women General President, Elaine S. Dalton said,
“Young women, look into the mirror of eternity. Remember who you are! See yourself as our Heavenly Father sees you. You are elect. You are of noble birth. Don’t compromise your divine inheritance. You were born to be a queen. Develop deep beauty. There is no more beautiful sight than a young woman who glows with the light of the Spirit, who is confident and courageous because she is virtuous.”
Knowing who you are gives you confidence. It gives you direction and purpose. It helps you in those times when you start to forget and begin to feel inferior or inadequate. Satan would have you believe the lies the world tells you about who you are and make you doubt yourself, but as Sister Dalton has said, when you understand “who you are and whose you are”, it gives you the strength to resist those lies and have faith in yourself and your abilities. When you know who you are it gives you opportunities to share your light with others. The Lord wants you to bless, and serve, and lift His children. He wants you to share your unique, individual talents and gifts, given to you by Him, with others. He wants you to be strong so you can strengthen others. He wants you to be the daughter of God that you are. He wants you to set out on the path that He has prepared for you and walk it confidently.
You need to know where your worth comes from. It does not come from worldly ideas and messages. It comes from within and from a Heavenly Father who loves you infinitely. As you develop a personal relationship with your Heavenly Father and your Savior, you will feel your worth and know who you are. You will have the strength to discern truth and be confident in your choices.
Heavenly Father wants you to know that you have a divine heritage. He wants you to know that your life has meaning and purpose. He wants you to trust in His plan for your life and have confidence in who you are. He wants you to know that you have a Savior, who provides a way for you to find peace and happiness in this life. He gave His life willingly, out of love for you, because He knows your worth.
“Remember, you are daughters of your Heavenly Father. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to show you the way to live, so that you could return to Him someday. I testify that as you draw close to the Savior, His infinite Atonement makes it possible for you to repent, to change, to be pure, and to receive His image in your countenance. His Atonement will enable you to be strong and courageous as you continue to raise your banner for virtue.” – Elaine S. Dalton
What does it mean to you to know you are a daughter of God? How does knowing who you are and knowing your worth help you in your life?