In Mark 12:28-34, we are told to love God with all our mind and understanding. If we love God, He will have a cherished place in all our thoughts. His influence and purposes become ours and guide and bless us throughout life.

If you love God, learn everything you can about Him, because that helps you love Him more. Study the scriptures until they become like old friends. They will come alive for you. Daily events will evoke memories of scripture words and stories, making the ancient record relevant.

Discuss religion with leaders and friends. Pray for understanding. Recognize what isn’t known. Be patient for answers. Doubt your doubts.

If we love Him, we will learn his commandments and keep them. (John 14:15) His commandments keep us from making mistakes that infect our love for God and diminish our love and respect for others.

If God is in our minds as we experience life’s relationships, especially marriage, childbirth and parenting, we will better understand God’s love for us. Our children teach us to love enough to give our life for another, the way Jesus loves us.

As we learn history, politics, nations, etc., we will recognize how God’s influence blesses peoples and nations, and how His absence leaves them lost and hurting. As we learn of other peoples, His influence will show us how everyone is a beloved child of God, and our love for all mankind will increase.

As we learn of science with faith in God, His Spirit will inform us of truth. Things we don’t know or understand can be put on hold for now, while things we understand will reveal God moving in His majesty, from subatomic particles to galaxies.

Science reveals more what we don’t know than what we do know. Every new discovery raises more questions than answers. Yet, the more we learn about our universe, the more we perceive its infinite grace, revealing the mind of the Creator.

God gives us science and technology to lift us up and unify us, but just like the internet that carries scriptures and pornography, some use science to battle against God and mankind.

Science cannot search all of space and time to prove that God does not exist. With God always present in our mind, we can see God’s presence in all that we learn. We will dismiss the notion that science replaces God.

Some say that human suffering proves there is no God. With faith, we know that Christ redeems the suffering of the innocent. If we always remember Him, redemption of those who suffer begins with us and is finished in Christ.

If we love God with all our mind and understanding, we will know that God is our Creator, and we are all His precious children.

Dr. George “Terry” Robinson, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gadsden, 2001 Noccalula Road. Worship is at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.