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Like Father, Like Son

This is a picture of my father. I think there is quite a strong physical resemblance between him and my eldest son Paul.

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This is me as a recently returned missionary. I think there is a strong resemblance with my son Mark.

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It is fascinating to look at children and try to spot which physical attributes they inherited from which parent.

I wonder, if we could look at a photograph of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, how similar would they look?

Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is the ‘express image’ of his father. What does that mean?Well, in this context ‘express’ means ‘exact’. That same word is used in the Doctrine and Covenants where it says that Seth ‘was the express likeness of his father, insomuch that he seemed to be like unto his father in all things, and could be distinguished from him only by his age’ (DC 107:43).

Just as Seth was the double of his father Adam so Jesus looks exactly like his Father.

Jesus looks like the Father.  In John 14:9  we read that ‘he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.’

Joseph Smith’s letter to  John Wentworth letter, written in 1842, which describes Joseph’s First Vision says: “I was enwrapped in a heavenly vision and saw two glorious personages who exactly resembled each other in features, and likeness, surrounded with a brilliant light which eclipsed the sun at noon-day.” The Orson Pratt account of the First Vision (written in 1840) uses similar language: “[Joseph] was enwrapped in a heavenly vision, and saw two glorious personages, who exactly resembled each other in their features or likeness.”

It is not just physical resemblances that run in families. David blames me for his taste in music and Laura and I share a love for detective fiction.

Bruce R. McConkie wrote:”So the Son appears and is in all respects like his Father; and conversely, the Father looks and acts and is in all respects like the Son. Their physical appearance is the same, both possess the attributes of godliness in their fulness and perfection; each would do and say precisely the same thing under the same circumstances.” (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 294-295.)

Jesus not only looks like his Father – he also talks and acts like his Father. He does only what his Father would do. He went through his atoning sacrifice for us because he loved us just as our Father and His loves us.

We are all sons and daughters of God and brothers and sisters to Jesus Christ. We share many family characteristics with them. Our goal is to strengthen those family characteristics which include faith, hope, charity, love, virtue, knowledge, patience, humility, diligence and obedience (See Preach My Gospel chapter 6). As we do so we will become more like them and more fit to return to live with them.

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