“This is the paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God.”—Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Matter to Him,” p. 20.

It is sad to hear recently of an increase in the number of people contemplating and carry out suicides. It’s sad to hear of people in such despair that they see no way out except through suicide. We know many awful things are being perpetrated upon individuals on a daily basis, some of it self-inflicted, some of it not.

Everyone, especially, our youth need to know that they matter and they are loved. And they need to know that they are part something greater and bigger than themselves and the wonderful, but messy and imperfect world we are born into. They need a society, a community, and a family that teaches them not to ever give up, never despair, never be discouraged, and never doubt because they should know and understand in their hearts and their minds how infinitely valuable they are and what an important part of the larger universe they belong to. They are a prized creation. The following are some excerpts from some of my favorite articles recently that have helped me understand more clearly these truths and hopefully provide a dent of hope to someone out there strugggling.

Infinite Stars and Planets

“Our galaxy the Milky Way… has between 200 and 400 billion stars. Yet it is only one of billions of galaxies—estimates range from 100 billion to 500 billion. The largest galaxy discovered so far has 100 trillion stars. All those stars come in a dazzling array of colors and sizes, some more than a thousand times larger than our own…The number of planets discovered is grown rapidly. As of March 2013, the number surpassed 900, and some appear to lie in the same habitable zone as our earth. The number of planets in our galaxy alone could easily be in the hundreds of billions….Evidence suggest that we can only see about 5 percent of all there is (the rest is “dark matter” and “dark energy” so called because it can’t be seen or detected directly by the instrument we have. The universe, in fact, may be infinite in size….truly worlds without number… And God controls all.–Ibid, pp. 45-46

You and I: We Are an Infinite Matter

“While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within [us]…No matter how dark your days may seem, not matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten, in fact, He loves you with infinite love….God loves you because you are His Child. He loves you even though at times you may feel lonely and make mistakes….—Dieter Uchtdorf, “You Matter to Him” and “Forget Me Not