What does choosing faith mean? It means choosing to exercise faith in Jesus Christ, obeying His commandments and trusting in the power of His Atonement to save us. It also means choosing repentance over pride and stubbornness. In choosing faith, it is important that we have a correct understanding of this first principle of the gospel. We are grateful to the Prophet Joseph Smith for his inspired and comprehensive Lectures on Faith.
Faith in the Living God is a gift of God obtained through belief, obedience and righteous works. It is not sufficient to have faith in just anything; it must be focused on our Father in Heaven and His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. As Elder Dallin H. Oaks explained, “The first principle of the gospel is not ‘faith.’.
Faith in Jesus Christ is a motivating force that inspires people to do good and to be good, and Church members’ faith inspires them to act. Church members’ belief in Jesus Christ leads them to repent of their sins, be baptized, attend church on Sundays, care for the poor and needy, and seek to do good in their neighborhoods and communities.
True Faith Brings Great Blessings January 31, 2022 I believe and testify that the teachings from this church will surely improve our temporal and spiritual lives.
From the earliest days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith elevated the principle of religious liberty and tolerance: “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may” (Articles of Faith 1:11).
What is more, religion is the gathering of unique persons into a fellowship of believers. But if it cannot win the heart of the one, it cannot sustain its community. The spiritual experiences of each individual can be as different as the individuals themselves. Because we “see through a glass darkly,” [3] most things in life come down to faith.
After witnessing the spiritual experiences of Ammon and the household of King Lamoni, she acted on a prompting to invite others to come and see and “ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people.”2 When Abish realized that Ammon and those he was teaching were in need of help, she personally stepped in and lifted them up.
Miracles will happen in our lives as we diligently observe the law of tithing with faith. 'In October of 1998 Hurricane Mitch devastated many parts of Central America. President Gordon B. Hinckley was very concerned for the victims of this disaster, many of whom lost everything — food, clothing, and household goods.
It is my firm testimony that as we follow the invitation of a Prophet of God to minister in a higher and holier way; that as we pray and seek guidance and then act on the promptings; as we show Christlike love to those that we minister to and seek to find ways to bless them and rekindle their faith, that they will naturally want to return and be with us.
At present its future appears to be bright with more people coming under its fold and leadership. People seem to be influenced by its dedication and sound moral objectives. It is a great step forward to foster Inter-Faith understanding in a multi-religious environment, and to spread the message of harmonious living in society.