Thursday, January 27, 2011

What is Faith?

There are, of course, many ways to answer this question. Faith is being sure that things will work out, that God does care for us, and will take care of us. Faith is the assurance that our prayers will be answered. Faith is confidence in things like the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Restoration. "Now as I said concerning faith- faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore, if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." Alma 32:21. So, now that we've established what faith is, what is faith not?
As it says, "faith is NOT to have a perfect knowledge of things." If there's something you don't understand, say in the Bible, you don't have to go back to the Greek and Hebrew translations, and study up on the guy who wrote that particular part, and know exacty what every part of the statement means. You don't have to see the Golden Plates to know the Book of Mormon is true. Sometimes, we just have to let go of our need to have everything explained and proven without a doubt, and just let ourselves go to faith. We can't always have the answers, we can't always have the proof we want, sometimes we have to except what we're being told, and go to the Lord with it. The Spirit will testify of the truth. It won't tell us everything, it won't throw out every answer to every concern, and it won't lead us to all the proof, but it will tell us that it is true.
If things don't quite sit right, don't make perfect sense, or you're not sure if you can quite accept it, go to the Lord. Through earnest prayer, and a sincere desire to know, the Spirit will tell you that it is true, "and by the power of the Holy Ghost, you may know the truth of all things."

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