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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Why I Believe

There comes a point in life when we all question what we've been taught. What we really believe to be true, religious or otherwise. I've seen all sorts of chatter online regarding LDS Church policies, past practices of Church leaders, rumors of changes, etc. Some of these rumors may be true, others probably aren't. How can anyone navigate this flood of contradictory information?

With faith.

Faith is a real power. It is turning to God instead of man. Faith is knowing that God does what He says He does, such as knowing that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins so we don't have to. If you have faith, you receive revelation: answers to prayer. If you have faith, you recognize miracles in your life. If you have faith, you have accompanying peace. If you have faith, you can either choose to keep that faith by nourishing it, or to starve it in which case it dies.  I've seen the results of both actions in the people around me.

To grow faith you read scriptures, think about them, apply them to your life, pray for answers to questions, and listen to the the Holy Ghost. This may include praying about the counsel of LDS Church leaders. This may include praying about any question you have in your life. Similarly, attending LDS temples fuels faith for those worthy to enter a temple.

On the other hand, it is impossible to keep faith if you aren't feeding it. Our spirits need nourishment just as much as our physical bodies.

This process of developing faith is similar to the scientific method for physical truth, but it is not the same. They should not be taken as such. Secularists and atheists think that reason (scientific method) is the only process for learning truth that there is. In this they limit themselves.

I've noticed on the web a variety of LDS Church members losing faith and blaming the Church because of problems with X, Y, or Z. In reality, they have only themselves to blame: they didn't feed their faith. Maybe they didn't pray about X, Y, or Z and receive some assurance from God about it. It's oh-so-easy to blame others. It's much harder to accept responsibility for our actions, thoughts, and words. It's easy to get distracted and doubt when listening to worldly voics, particularly right now with this focus on Mormons.

I've never one heard these former members say that they left the Church in answer to prayer. Sadly, I'm guessing that these people never internalized the faith-building habits of studying the scriptures, praying, and seeking guidance and revelation from the Holy Ghost.

But I believe.

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