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Worship: How much is a person worth?


Last updated 4/3/2020 at 3:13pm

If you take a $20 bill, crumble it up, step on it, and even rub the bill in the mud, does it still hold value?

How about a person, with their weaknesses and limitations, does an imperfect person have value? Each individual on earth is unique and different with talents, qualities, and potential. How does God evaluate our worth?

In humility, the ancient prophet, Abraham said, "Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord." (Genesis 18:27)

Perhaps, Abraham was referring to Adam and Eve when they were sent from the Garden of Eden, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:19)

If we are taken down to our elemental state (dust), how much are we worth? Dr. Anne Marie Helmenstine, PhD, University of Tennessee published, "Have you ever wondered how much the elements in your body are worth?

This is a breakdown of the elements from which you are made – 65% oxygen, 18% carbon, 10% hydrogen, 3% nitrogen, 1.5% calcium, 1% phosphorous, 0.35% potassium, 0.25% sulfur, 0.15% sodium, 0.15% chlorine, 0.05% magnesium, 0.0004% iron, 0.00004% iodine.

Your body contains trace amounts of other elements, such as silicon, manganese, fluorine, copper, zinc, arsenic, and aluminum. The going rate for a body's worth of these elements: just $1." (

One dollar doesn't seem like much! However, is that really what a person is worth? Of course not!

Psalms 8:3-8, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is a man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."

We must realize that each of us have tremendous value, simply because we were created by God and we are His children. In other words, because Heavenly Father loves us, we are of infinite worth! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Elder Dieter Uchtdorf, a modern day Apostle and leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints states, "If only we understood who we are and what is in store for us, our hearts would overflow with such gratitude and happiness that it would enlighten even the darkest sorrows with the light and love of God, our Heavenly Father. The next time you feel unhappy, remember where you came from and where you are going. Rather than focus on things that dampen your thoughts with sorrow, choose to focus on those things that fill your soul with hope. You will realize that these things are always connected to serving God and our fellowmen. Remember that the Lord has given you His word in the scriptures. Pray earnestly to Him; talk with Him daily. Learn of Him and walk in His way. Serve God and serve your fellowmen." (Nov 1, 2009 CES Fireside Brigham Young University).

As we consider what God and Jesus have done for us, we must realize that we are invaluable. We must not think "small" of ourselves.

Certainly, we all will have struggles in our lives, but if we remember that we have a divine nature and purpose in life, we will find happiness and joy. We are not just our body. We also have a spirit within us that gives our body life and is eternal. The body and the spirit together make up our soul.

One of the central scriptures in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints states, "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him." (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10)

We can look for the divine in ourselves and others. May we remember even if we're "crumpled up" a bit, we are of worth!


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