Prayer gives insight into Jesus’ love for Father

"We get an insight into the love Jesus had for His Father, our Father in Heaven, in Jesus' intercessory prayer, recorded in the Bible, seventeenth chapter of John," said then-Presiding Bishop Robert D. Hales at the October 1993 general conference. Elder Hales is now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.

He quoted John 17:1, 3: "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee. . . .

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent."

Bishop Hales said that Jesus acknowledged He was with His Father before coming to earth and the love they had for each other. He quoted the Savior's words:

"O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was . . . that [the world] may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me . . . for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:5, 23-24.)

Bishop Hales said, "It is touching to me that Jesus closes His prayer with a desire that we might know and love our Father as He does, even though we can't remember Him in our mortal estate. . . .

"Jesus was able to complete His mission of the Atonement on earth because of the knowledge, example, and love of His Father. Likewise, may each of us, as parents and especially as brethren in the priesthood, through our example, love, and care, be remembered by our children to have the qualities that our Heavenly Father and our Savior have, that we may endure to the end and some day return with our families to their celestial presence."