Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let us choose faith

During the last hour of church, there I was minding my own business, just sitting, waiting for Relief Society to begin, when the teacher asked if I would read the following quote:

 

There is much that I do not know. I do not know the details of the organization of matter into the beautiful world we live in. I do not understand the intricacies of the Atonement, how the Savior’s sacrifice can cleanse all repentant people, or how the Savior could suffer “the pain of all men” (D&C 18:11). I do not know where the city of Zarahemla was, as referred to in the Book of Mormon. I do not know why my beliefs sometimes conflict with assumed scientific or secular knowledge. Perhaps these are matters our Father in Heaven described as the “mysteries … of heaven” (D&C 107:19) that will be revealed at a later date.

But while I don’t know everything, I know the important. I know the plain and simple gospel truths that lead to salvation and exaltation. I know that the Savior did suffer the pain of all men and that all repentant people can be cleansed from sin. And what I don’t know or don’t completely understand, with the powerful aid of my faith, I bridge the gap and move on, partaking of the promises and blessings of the gospel. And then, as Alma teaches, our faith brings us to a perfect knowledge (see Alma 32:34). By moving forward into the unknown, armed only with hope and desire, we show evidence of our faith and our devotion to the Lord.

And so, following Alma’s formula, let us choose. Let us choose faith.

Richard C. Edgley "Faith—the Choice is Yours," Ensign, (October 2, 2010).

These words resonated with my heart. There is much that I do not know, but I know the important. I know that God lives and that my Savior, Jesus Christ, atoned for my sins and made it possible for me to repent and improve. I have felt the purifying power of the atonement in my life and I want to share that sacred power with those around me. I want to bridge the gap of doubt, fear, and inadequacy that I face through the enabling power of the atonement. Faith allows me to persist knowing that the Lord’s promises are sure. I will continue to choose faith.

2 comments:

Stefani M. said...

Yes. There was a Conference talk a few years about about faith being a choice. There's a lot that can get in the way of faith, and we have to make the choice to believe in the face of opposition sometimes.

AmandaStretch said...

This is a perfect addition to the resources I'm pulling together related to a question that Mr. Ohio asked me. Thanks! Faith IS a choice!