The Father in the Sermon on the Mount


“We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost” (Articles of Faith 1:1). Though this is an important tenet of our faith, our discussions have a tendency to focus on only part of this fundamental truth: Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. Far too often God the Father is not the focal point of our discussions. Such is especially the case when we study the New Testament Gospels. Nowhere else do we have such a vivid portrayal of the life of Jesus, so it is easy to get caught up in his teaching, his life, and his mission. In doing so, we may forget that Jesus always referred to his Father and sought to focus his listeners’ attention on his Father. One important example of Jesus teaching about the Father is the Sermon on the Mount. So what is it that we learn about the Father from Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount?

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“The Father in the Sermon on the Mount.” In The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture. Ed. Gaye Strathearn, Thomas Wayment, and Daniel Belnap. 39th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium; Provo and Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University and Deseret Book, 2010; 140-156.

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