I loved what we talked about this week in our Book of Mormon class. We discussed the different roles of fathers that we have in our lives. Given that the definition of father is “one who gives life”, we discovered that we have multiple fathers throughout our existence. Of course we have our Heavenly Father and our Earthly Father, who are the fathers of our spirits and our bodies. There are some interesting scriptures that also refers to Christ as a father to us. In Isaiah, he is referred to as the “Everlasting Father”. In Mosiah 5:7, it reads that “because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and is daughters; for behold this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are hanged through faith on his name; therefore ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters”.
This doctrine can appear strange at first, because we are so used to hearing that Christ is our brother, and while that is true, when we understand how Christ is also our Father, our relationships with all of our fathers becomes heightened and sweetened. Because of the covenants we make, such as baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and other ordinances we receive in the temple, we enter into His order, and become members of His fold. He is the father of our spiritual rebirth.
With these ordinances, we are permitted to enter into the presence of God one day, and live with our family members, both physical and spiritual, for all of eternity. If we don’t accept Christ as our father, and without those covenants, our relationships with our Heavenly Father and earthly father are diminished.
What stuck out to me more, was the idea of our mothers as well. We know we have a Heavenly Mother and and earthly mother, but who is the mother in the rebirth with Christ? In the Bible it compares Christ to the bridegroom and the church as his bride. It is a beautiful symbolism when you think of the nurturing, guiding, counseling, loving nature that is associated with both mothers and a church. Embracing our parents (symbolically, of course) in this way, will help us along the path that will lead us to eternal life with all of our family members. To me this just goes to show on how important the family is to God, and how it is the most basic and fundamental unit that can exist and was created.