“Faith is not a theological platitude. It is a fact of life. Faith can
become the very wellspring of purposeful living. There is no more
compelling motivation to worthwhile endeavor than the knowledge that we
are children of God, the Creator of the universe, our all-wise Heavenly
Father! God expects us to do something with our lives, and he will give
us help when help is sought.”
For the past few years I have tried to emphasize faith rather than fear in our lives. I've learned so much, but it is something that I find difficult to articulate in words. This study has helped me in every area of my life and given me such great peace and strength.
I have quoted President Hinckely more times than the children would like to remember. We have asked ourselves what do we fear? Does the fear bring us closer to God or farther away? Who brings the fear and how can we overcome it?
Faith is always the answer. 'Be not afraid, only believe' (Mark 5:36)
“You might ask yourself this question: ‘Is my own net faith positive or negative?’ If your faith exceeds your doubt and disbelief, the answer is likely positive. If you allow doubt and disbelief to control you, the answer might be negative.” Kevin W. Pearson, “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” Ensign, May 2009, 40
NET USABLE FAITH....
Being a visual person, the idea of a graph is a great reminder for me. The latest movie (romantic comedy) we just watched (crass and vulgar)... negative. The lovely book, "Daughters of God" by S. Michael Wilcox (You can find it here)... positive. (Bro. Wilcox was my favorite institute teacher at the "U" while I was there and I thoroughly enjoy his books.)
“ ‘To have faith is to have confidence in something or someone’ (Bible Dictionary, “Faith,” 669). True faith must be centered in Jesus Christ. ‘Faith is a principle of action and of power’ (Bible Dictionary, 670). It requires us to do, not merely to believe. Faith is a spiritual gift from God that comes through the Holy Ghost. It requires a correct understanding and knowledge of Jesus Christ, His divine attributes and perfect character, His teachings, Atonement, Resurrection, and priesthood power. Obedience to these principles develops complete trust in Him and His ordained servants and assurance of His promised blessings.
“There is no other thing in which we can have absolute assurance. There is no other foundation in life that can bring the same peace, joy, and hope. In uncertain and difficult times, faith is truly a spiritual gift worthy of our utmost efforts. We can give our children education, lessons, athletics, the arts, and material possessions, but if we do not give them faith in Christ, we have given little.” Kevin W. Pearson, “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” Ensign, May 2009, 38