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"What is human nature?

What female—are created in the image of


does the Bible say about human God. Each is a beloved spirit son or
nature?" daughter of heavenly parents, and, as
such, each has a divine nature and
Answer: Human nature is that which makes destiny” (“The Family: A Proclamation
us distinctly human. Our nature is distinct to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 2010,
from that of the animals and the rest of 129).
creation in that we can think and feel. One In another sense, however, because we
of the chief distinctions between human have not yet fully become like
beings and the rest of creation is our
Heavenly Father, divine nature is
ability to reason. No other creature has
this ability, and there’s no question that something we must “be partakers of,”
this is a unique gift bestowed by God. Our as the Apostle Peter said (2 Peter 1:4).
reason enables us to reflect on our own He contrasted divine nature with the
nature and the nature of God and to derive “the corruption that is in the world” and
knowledge of God's will for His creation. No said that we partake of this divine
other part of God’s creation has a nature nature through the “exceeding great and
capable of reason. precious promises” given to disciples
The Bible teaches that God created human
of Christ. These include the promises
beings in His image. This means that He of “peace in this this world, and eternal
enables us to have some understanding of life in the world to come” (D&C
Him and of His vast and complex design. 59:23). Through the Atonement, we
Our human nature reflects some of God’s can ultimately become like our
attributes, although in a limited way. We Heavenly Father if we keep our
love because we are made in the image of covenants. To become more like Him
the God who is love (1 John 4:16). Because
means to take on His nature—the
we are created in His image, we can be
compassionate, faithful, truthful, kind,
divine nature. Associated with this
patient, and just. In us, these attributes divine nature are certain spiritual
are distorted by sin, which also resides in attributes, which we can pray to obtain
our nature. and strive to possess. You can find
them taught throughout the scriptures
Originally, human nature was perfect by (for instance, see 2 Peter 1:5–7).
virtue of having been created so by God.
The Bible teaches that human beings were
created “very good” by a loving God

What does “divine


nature” really mean?
In one sense, we already possess a
measure of divine (or godly) nature,
since “all human beings—male and