“One of the gifts God has promised to all who earnestly seek Him is faith. Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained: ‘Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness. It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater the measure of obedience to God’s laws the greater will be the endowment of faith.'( Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. , 264.)
“Truly understood and properly practiced, faith is one of the grand and glorious powers of eternity. It is a force powerful beyond our comprehension.”
Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Shall He Find Faith on the Earth?” Ensign, Nov. 2002, 84)
“The Lord is bound by solemn covenant to bless our lives according to our faithfulness. Only He can turn us into [people] in whom the Spirit of God, namely the Holy Ghost, is.”
(L. Tom Perry, “Blessed According to Our Faithfulness,” Ensign, May 2002, 41)
“Faith is the very fiber that gives strength to this work. Wherever this Church is established across this broad world, it is evident. It is not limited to one country or one nation or one language or one people. It is found everywhere. We are a people of faith. We walk by faith. We move forward on our eternal journey, one step at a time.”
(Gordon B. Hinckley, “We Walk by Faith,” Ensign, May 2002, 74.)
“Gratefully, in His perfect love, [God] has provided a way for us to resolve those challenges while growing in strength and capacity. I speak of the sustaining power of faith in times of uncertainty and testing.
“God has given us the capacity to exercise faith, that we may find peace, joy, and purpose in life. However, to employ its power, faith must be founded on something. There is no more solid foundation than faith in the love Heavenly Father has for you, faith in His plan of happiness, and faith in the capacity and willingness of Jesus Christ to fulfill all of His promises.”
(Richard G. Scott, “The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Uncertainty and Testing,” Ensign, May 2003, 75.)
Why worry when you can pray?
Don’t keep the faith………..spread it around.
Faith can place a candle in the darkest night
Faith makes things possible ………..Not easy.
Faith sometimes requires “Boldness…venturing out in front, going first, standing in front of the mob, the congregation,…or the hard -eyed gaze of only one doubter.”
–President N. Eldon Tanner
Do Not Despair
Our values, our road signs that keep us on course and on schedule, are not to be tucked away in a drawer for safekeeping but carried daily, used continuously, tested against our performance regularly, and literally worn out as a constant measuring device that keeps us accountable. The powers and plans of Satan are cunning and subtle and very real. You are not unfamiliar with the pirates that would attempt to board your ship almost daily, who would rob you of your treasures, your peace of mind, your self-discipline, your clear conscience, your commitment, your integrity, your morality, even your eternal destiny if possible, and leave you shipwrecked, washed up on shore. I believe the most destructive threats of our day are not nuclear war, not famine, not economic disaster, but rather the despair, the discouragement, the despondency, the defeat caused by the discrepancy between what we believe to be right and how we live our lives. We are on a stormy sea. These are threatening times and we may be ignoring or even cutting ourselves loose from the very signals that would save us.
Pres. Ardeth G. Kapp, BYU Speeches of the Year, 29 January 1985
When I discuss faith, I do not mean it in an abstract sense. I mean it as a living, vital force with recognition of God as our Father and Jesus Christ as our Savior. When we accept this basic premise, there will come an acceptance of their teachings and an obedience, which will bring peace and joy in this life and exaltation in the life to come.
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. (Gordon B. Hinckley General Conference, October 1964 and Ensign, Aug 1988)
“Clearly there are degrees of malignity and evil powers among the demons in hell. Just as there is a heavenly hierarchy so is there a satanic government that puts one evil spirit in charge of another; and just as there are degrees of righteousness and glory, so are there levels of lewdness and evil. And it takes greater faith to overcome greater evils.”
Bruce R. McConkie “The Mortal Messiah”, Book 3, p. 73
“The Lord will work with us, and we should work with him; therefore, brethren, let us live by faith, walk by faith, overcome by faith, so that we may enjoy the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us. All the institutions pertaining to the work of God in these latter days are going to progress, Zion is bound to arise, and to arrive at that position in our great future that the Prophets have seen by prophecy and revelation.” Wilford Woodruff
“Journal of Discourses”, 15:8 April 6, 1872
“Remember, however, that while nothing is impossible with God, faith without works is dead. Part of solving any problem -even with prayer-is to do something about it yourself. Don’t leave everything up to God.” Elaine Cannon “Adversity”, p. 127
“All the strength and force of man comes from his faith in things unseen. He who believes is strong. He who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions. Clear, deep, living convictions rule the world.”
Robert L. Simpson, quoting James Freeman Clark “Organizing for Eternity”
BYU Speeches of the Year, 20 April 1965
“Let us remember too, that faith in God is inseparably connected with sincere repentance from sin, and that as a people, to enjoy the fruits of faith–including continued freedom–we must live in keeping with the principles of revealed religion.” Mark E. Petersen
General Conference, October 1947
“My brethren and sisters, let us grow in faith; that faith which will regenerate our lives completely. If we have the enlarged faith in the living God that was taught us by the Master, nothing can hurt us.” Levi Edgar Young General Conference, April 1940
“The rewards of this journey are many. When seeing daily life with the eye of faith, we see God, mortality, others, and even the universe very differently and more richly. And we are ‘glad’! (See Ether 12:19.) The eye of faith allows us entry into the sun-drenched uplands of reality, where we can better see ‘things as they really are’ and ‘really will be’ (Jacob 4:13). Without faith, however, we simply ‘cannot see afar off.’ Whether we are viewing man’s eventual prospects in the plan of salvation or the other ‘things of the
Spirit of God [which] . are spiritually discerned,’ faith is essential. (2 Peter 1:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14.) ” Neal A. Maxwell “Lord Increase Our Faith,” Introduction
I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, and I will have faith in his eternal plan, which centers in Jesus Christ my Savior.
Alma 32:21, And 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.
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln
“Trust In The Lord” by Marion D. Hanks (April Conf. 1975)
“. . . we may in our anguish feel that we could bear anything if we could only understand the divine purpose in what is happening . . . the righteous live by faith and that faith is not an easy solution to life’s problems. Faith is confidence and trust in the character and purposes of God . . . . Our religion is ‘not weight, it is wings.’ It can carry us through the
dark times, the bitter cup. It will be with us in the fiery furnace and the deep pit. It will accompany us to the hospital room and to the place of bereavement. It can guarantee us the presence of a Captain on the rough voyage. It is, in short, not the path to easy disposition of problems, but the comforting assurance of the eternal light, by which we may see, and the eternal warmth, which we may feel. ‘The Lord is good; Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.’ (Psalm 34:8)
from “Faith Precedes The Miracle” by Spencer W. Kimball (p. 97)
“Is there not wisdom in his giving us trials that we might rise above them, responsibilities that we might achieve, work to harden our muscles, sorrows to try our souls? Are we not exposed to temptations to test our strength, sickness that we might learn patience, death that we might be immortalized and glorified? If all the sick for whom we pray were healed, if all the righteous were protected and the wicked destroyed, the whole program of the Father would be annulled and the basic principles of the gospel, free agency, would be ended. No man would have to live by faith. If joy and peace and rewards were instantaneously given the doer of good, there could be no evil-all would do good but not because of the rightness of doing good. There would be no test of strength, no development of character, no growth of powers, no free agency, only satanic controls. Should all prayers be immediately answered according to our selfish desires and our limited understanding, then there would be little or no suffering, sorrow, disappointment, or even death, and if these were not, there would also be no joy, success, resurrection, nor eternal life and godhood.”
M. Russell Ballard on the Battle for Souls
The battle to bring souls unto Christ began in the premortal world with the war in heaven (see Revelation 12:7). That same battle continues today in the conflict between right and wrong and between the gospel and false principles. The members of the Church hold a front-line position in the contest for the souls of men. The missionaries are on the battlefield fighting with the sword of truth to carry the glorious message of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the peoples of the earth. No war has ever been free of
risk. The prophecies of the last days lead me to believe that the intensity of the battle for the souls of men will increase and the risks will become greater as we draw closer to the second coming of the Lord. Preparing ourselves and our families for the challenges of the coming years will require us to replace fear with faith. We must be able to overcome the
fear of enemies who oppose and threaten us. The Lord has said, “Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail” (D&C 6:34)…. We parents need to begin early to prepare our children to have a strong, fervent testimony of the gospel. We must possess the faith, the courage, and the commitment that our pioneer forefathers had if we are to continue building up the kingdom of God on the earth…. The work of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world will require knowledge, faith, sacrifice, and the best efforts of every member of the
Church. As the Prophet Joseph Smith said to the Saints in Nauvoo in 1842, “Shall we not go on in so great a cause? . . . Courage, . . . and on, on to the victory!” (D&C 128:22). Today the leaders of the Church echo these words of the Prophet Joseph. (“Duties, Rewards, And Risks,” General Conference, October 1989)
Do your duty, that is best; leave unto the Lord the rest. David O. McKay
If in your quest you do your best, The lord is there to do the rest. unknown
Pray as if everything depends on God. Then work as if everything depends on you.
If God thought about you as much as you think about Him, where would you be? unknown
If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others. unknown
Obedience without faith is possible, but not faith without obedience. unknown
The faith that moves mountains always carries a pick. unknown
Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven. J. Beaumon
Faith does not deny the evil, but it sees around it. unknown
He is dead in this world who has no belief in another. Goethe
Faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing who holds the future. unknown
Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer. unknown
Faith is trust in what the spirit learned eons ago. B.H. Roberts
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy. unknown
As our faith increases, so does our ability to obey. unknown
Unless we do his teachings, we do not demonstrate faith in him. Ezra Taft Benson
The key to faith is what we are willing to sacrifice to obtain it. Elder Cloward
GORDON B. HINCKLEY ON THE LORD’S BACKUP SYSTEM
[President Ezra Taft Benson suffered from failing health in the last few years of his life. Some concern was expressed that without clear leadership, the Church would struggle. But in October 1992, Gordon B. Hinckley, who was then a counselor to Pres. Benson, told this story:] A few weeks ago, while returning from a regional conference, we had an experience that remains vivid in my mind. As we approached the airport, the captain came on the public address system and spoke in crisp and authoritative tones: “We have an emergency! Please give me your attention. We have an emergency, and the cabin crew will give you instructions. For your own safety, please do what they ask you to do.” The crew sprang into action. This was the moment for which their training had prepared them. Every one of them knew precisely what to do. All utensils were quickly secured in locked containers. Passengers were shifted to put strong men at each emergency exit. We were told to remove our glasses, lower our heads, and firmly grasp our ankles. A woman with a baby seated immediately behind me was crying. Others could be heard sobbing. Everyone knew that this was not just an exercise, but that it was for real and that it was serious. A man emerged from the flight deck door. He recognized me and stooped down to say, “I am an off-duty pilot. The primary control system has failed,
but I think we are going to be all right. They have managed to get the landing gear down and the flaps down.” Strangely, I felt no fear. In many years of flying, I have had experiences when I have known fear. But on this occasion I felt calm. I knew that a redundancy system had been built into the plane to handle just such an emergency and that the crew had been well trained. I also knew that the effectiveness of that redundancy system would be known in a minute or two when the rubber hit the runway. That moment came quickly. To the relief of everyone, the plane touched down smoothly, the landing gear held in place, the engines were reversed, and the aircraft was brought to a stop. Fire engines were standing nearby. We were towed to the gate. The crew was appropriately applauded, and some of us expressed to the Lord our gratitude.
I have reflected on this experience in terms of the Church of which we are members. The head of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is His Church. But the earthly head is our prophet. Prophets are men who are endowed with a divine calling. Notwithstanding the divinity of that calling, they are human. They are subject to the problems of mortality. We love and respect and honor and look to the prophet of this day, President Ezra Taft Benson. He has been a great and gifted leader, a man whose voice has rung out in testimony of this work across the world. He holds all the keys of the priesthood on the earth in this day. But he has reached an age where he cannot do many of the things he once did. This does not detract from his calling as a prophet. But it places limitations on his physical activities. We have seen comparable situations in times past. President Wilford Woodruff grew old in office. So did Presidents Heber J. Grant, David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, and, more recently, Spencer W. Kimball. Some people, evidently not knowing the system, worry that because of the President’s age, the Church faces a crisis. They seem not to realize that there is a backup system. In the very nature of this system, there is always on board a trained crew, if I may so speak of them. They have been thoroughly schooled in Church procedures. More importantly, they also hold the keys of the eternal priesthood of God. They too have been put in place by the Lord.
I hope I will not sound presumptuous in reminding you of the unique and tremendous system of redundancy and backup which the Lord has structured into His kingdom so that without interruption it may go forward, meeting any emergency that might arise and handling every contingency with which it is faced. To me it is a wondrous and constantly renewing miracle. (“The Church Is On Course,” President Gordon B. Hinckley, General
Conference, October 1992)
“Trust In The Lord” by Marion D. Hanks (April Conf. 1975)
“. . . we may in our anguish feel that we could bear anything if we could only understand the divine purpose in what is happening . . . the righteous live by faith and that faith is not an easy solution to life’s problems. Faith is confidence and trust in the character and purposes of God . . . .
Our religion is ‘not weight, it is wings.’ It can carry us through the dark times, the bitter cup. It will be with us in the fiery furnace and the deep pit. It will accompany us to the hospital room and to the place of bereavement. It can guarantee us the presence of a Captain on the rough voyage. It is, in short, not the path to easy disposition of problems, but the comforting assurance of the eternal light, by which we may see, and the eternal warmth, which we may feel. ‘The Lord is good; Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.’ (Psalm 34:8
“I know that frequently it is not easy to face up to that which is expected of us. Many think they cannot do it. We need a little more faith. We should know that the Lord will not give us commandments beyond our power to observe. He will not ask us to do things for which we lack the capacity. Our problem lies in our fears and in our appetites.”
Gordon B. Hinckley: (CR Oct 1985)
Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley
When I discuss faith, I do not mean it in an abstract sense. I mean it as a living, vital force with recognition of God as our Father and Jesus Christ as our Savior. When we accept this basic premise, there will come an acceptance of their teachings and an obedience which will bring peace and joy in this life and exaltation in the life to come.
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. (CR Oct 1964 and Ensign, Aug 1988)
Certitude, which I define as complete and total assurance, is not the enemy of religion. It is of its very essence. Certitude is certainty. It is conviction. It is the power of faith that approaches knowledge-yes, that even becomes knowledge. It evokes enthusiasm, and there is no asset comparable to enthusiasm in overcoming opposition, prejudice, and indifference. Great buildings were never constructed on uncertain foundations. Great
causes were never brought to success by vacillating leaders. The gospel was never expounded to the convincing of others without certainty. Faith, which is of the very essence of personal conviction, has always been, and always must be, at the root of religious practice and endeavor…. As it was anciently, so has it been in modern times. Without certitude on the parts of believers, a religious cause becomes soft, without muscle, without the driving force that would broaden its influence and capture the hearts
and affections of men and women. Theology may be argued over, but personal testimony, coupled with performance, cannot be refuted. (CR Oct 1981) Pres Hinckley
The greatest thing we can do for the safety of our nation and to strengthen it is to cultivate within the membership of this Church stronger, ever stronger faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that our people might walk in righteousness and become an example to all and be as the leaven to leaven the lump, as it were. Let us walk in faith and faithfulness. – (From priesthood leadership meeting, Vacaville/Santa Rosa Regional Conference, May 20, 1995.) Gordon B Hinckley
Teachings of Howard W. Hunter
All of these things Thomas well knew, but his personal faith had been dimmed by a great disappointment. Faith does not take precedence over doubt when one must feel or see in order to believe. Thomas was not willing to stand on faith. He wanted positive evidence of the facts. He wanted knowledge, not faith. Knowledge is related to the past because our experiences of the past are those things which give us knowledge but faith is related to the future-to the unknown where we have not yet walked. (CR 1962)
The classic example of faith is ascribed to the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Hebrews: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1.) This statement does not presuppose a perfect knowledge, but describes faith as that which gives to one an assurance or a confidence in things which are yet in the future. These things may be in existence, but it is through faith they are realized. Faith gives a feeling of confidence in that which is not visible or susceptible of positive proof. (CR 1962) (CR 1975) (CR 1984) Pres. Howard W Hunter
“We must know Christ better than we know him; we must remember him more often than we remember him; we must serve him more valiantly than we serve him.”
-President Howard W. Hunter
“These are difficult times. The economy is struggling. There is conflict in the world. But the Almighty is keeping His promise that He will bless those who walk in faith and righteousness before Him.”
(Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Condition of the Church,” Ensign, May 2003, 6)
“You are called to represent the Savior. Your voice to testify becomes the same as His voice, your hands to lift the same as His hands. . . . So, your calling is to bless lives. That will be true even in the most ordinary tasks you are assigned and in moments when you might be doing something not apparently connected to your call. Just the way you smile or the way you offer to help someone can build their faith. And should you forget who you are, just the way you speak and the way you behave can destroy faith.”
(Henry B. Eyring, “Rise to Your Call,” Ensign, Nov. 2002, 76)
“Faith and all spiritual gifts are available to everyone who is willing to live for them. Many times we think just being a member of the Church will entitle us to all the Lord has promised. But each blessing requires obedience. The Lord declared, ‘When we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated’ (D&C 130:21). We gain strength by living the commandments.”
(Mary Ellen W. Smoot, “Come, Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 89)
“Truly understood and properly practiced, faith is one of the grand and glorious powers of eternity. It is a force powerful beyond our comprehension.”
(Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Shall He Find Faith on the Earth?” Ensign, Nov. 2002, 84)
“Tithing develops and tests our faith. By sacrificing to the Lord what we may think we need or want for ourselves, we learn to rely on Him. Our faith in Him makes it possible to keep temple covenants and receive eternal temple blessings.
” . . . The obedient payment of tithing fortifies our faith, and that faith sustains us through trials, tribulations, and sorrows in our life’s journey.”
(Robert D. Hales, “Tithing: A Test of Faith with Eternal Blessings,” Ensign, Nov. 2002, 27)
“The challenge which faces every member of this Church is to take the next step, to accept that responsibility to which he is called, even though he does not feel equal to it, and to do so in faith with the full expectation that the Lord will light the way before him.”
(Gordon B. Hinckley, “We Walk by Faith,” Ensign, May 2002, 73.)
“Keep the faith; be true to your covenants. Walk in the light of the gospel. Build the kingdom of God in the earth.”
(Gordon B. Hinckley, “The State of the Church,” Ensign, Nov. 2003, 7)
“Sometimes those blessings in our lives that we have yet to receive lie beyond the scope of mortal eyes. . . It is always faith that allows us to see ‘afar off’ with spiritual vision all that God intends for His children.”
(Anne C. Pingree, “Seeing the Promises Afar Off,” Ensign, Nov. 2003, 15)
“The gospel as restored by Joseph Smith is either true or it is not. To receive all of the promised blessings we must accept the gospel in faith and in full. However, this certain faith does not usually come all at once. We learn spiritually line upon line and precept upon precept.”
(James E. Faust, “Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief,” Ensign, Nov. 2003, 19)
And 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
Now, finally, and most important, BELIEVE IN GOD and that He is a rewarder of them that serve Him in righteousness. Believe in God as a person, the Father of our spirits to whom we may go in prayer*the vital faith that comes of a knowledge of a personal God to whom we can speak and from whom we can receive strength is the thing that will give us power and capacity and stability to stand up and take our place among the peoples of the earth. This is the faith, and the only faith, which will bring peace to this troubled world. *Be not faithless, but believing.* – – Gordon B. Hinckley
Shortly after I was called as a General Authority, I went to Elder Harold B. Lee for counsel. He listened very carefully to my problem and suggested that I see President David O. McKay. President McKay counseled me as to the direction I should go. I was very willing to be obedient but saw no way possible for me to do as he counseled me to do.
*I returned to Elder Lee and told him that I saw no way to move in the direction I was counseled to go. He said, *The trouble with you is you want to see the end from the beginning.* I replied that I would like to see at least a step or two ahead. Then came the lesson of a lifetime: *You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness; then the light will appear and show you the way before you.** – – Elder Boyd K. Packer
Faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing who holds the future.
Trust Him when dark doubts assail you.
Trust Him when your strength is small.
Trust Him when to simply trust Him,
Seems the hardest thing of all.
Mary E. Rathfon
Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer.
Faith is trust in what the spirit learned eons ago.
As our faith increases, so does our ability to obey.
The key to faith is what we are willing to sacrifice to obtain it.
Faith means that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live, and they are in charge of this world. They know me. They love me. They have a plan for my future. I will obey the commandments, work hard, and trust in their plan. Sooner or later, everything will be okay.
Virginia H. Pearce