“The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Learn about faith from the scriptures and living prophets. Read Hebrews 11; Alma 32:17–43; Ether 12:6–22; and Joseph Smith—History 1:11–20. Read two general conference talks on faith. Exercise your own faith by establishing a habit of prayer in your life. Begin by regularly saying your morning and evening prayers. After three weeks of following this pattern, discuss with a parent or leader what you have learned about faith and how daily personal prayer has strengthened your faith. In your journal express your feelings about faith and prayer.”
As a mother with little children, it’s imperative that I teach them by example. When they see me read the scriptures, and pray, and life a life of faith, then they are drawn to it themselves, with very little prompting.
Now that my son is reading, we kneel together as a family before bedtime, and we each take turns reading a verse or two, before saying a family prayer. We have now been doing it enough that if my husband or I forget, the children actually initiate the scripture reading and prayer (which is good, because I often need to be reminded, at the end of a busy, stressful day).
We also pray as a family at every meal, and we all say personal prayers – I try to remind the children to say them at bedtime, and we also pray for help during the day whenever we need a moment of gratitude or divine help.
I have also noticed that on the days where we have skipped praying(even for only one prayer), everyone is usually stressed, rushed, and very grouchy. Taking a moment to stop and thank God for the blessings He has given us tends to take us all out of our self-serving attitudes, even for a moment, and helps us be a little more cheerful, and a little more grateful for the good things in our lives.
Even though prayer is a small thing, it helps build faith through repetition and revelation – the more you pray, the more you feel the Spirit of the Lord, which in turn helps us want to pray more. Sometimes when you pray, you receive an answer in such a way that it helps your faith grow.
In reading Hebrews 11, you get a really concise definition of faith – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. After that, there’s an entire list of prophets and other scriptural figures who lived their lives with faith, to provide the reader with both motivation and hope.
In Alma 32, we are told that ASKING for a direct sign from God is not faith, but arrogance, and if we see a direct sign from God and then still deny Him, how much worse is that than sinning when you don’t know any better. It also speaks of how faith is available to all, whether man or woman or child, and how children are often given faith that confounds a grown man. We are then given the allegory of faith as a seed – teaching us that faith is not merely given once and the journey is over, but instead we must constantly feed and tend our faith.
Ether 12 is another list of prophets to serve as an example of faith, and it reminds us that we can use the experiences of others to help build our own faith.
The entry from Joseph Smith’s history reminds us of the great faith he had as a child, strong enough that reading the Bible could prompt him to pray with such strength that God and Christ visited him in the flesh – without faith, he would not have been able to see the Lord, and probably wouldn’t have even bothered trying to pray about his doubts and troubles.
“Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” by Elder Kevin W. Pearson – I really like his comment about faith as a scientific reaction that is essential to our existence. Also this quote “Faith and fear cannot coexist. One gives way to the other. The simple fact is we all need to constantly build faith and overcome sources of destructive disbelief.” – it reminds me of Yoda from Star Wars, reminding us that fear and hate and suffering are all connected, and those are the negative feelings that lead to eternal misery, but if we have faith and hope and love, then we will be drawn more to God.
“The Transforming Power of Faith and Character” by Richard G. Scott – God used the power of faith to build this universe, even down to the smallest atomic particles. This is my favorite quote from this talk “We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day… Neither Satan nor any other power can destroy or undermine your growing character. Only you could do that through disobedience. A sterling character is converted into worthless ashes when eroded by deceit or transgression.” I also really like this thought: “Material things do not of themselves produce happiness and satisfaction and the joy of attainment on earth. Nor do they lead us to exaltation. It is nobility of character, that fabric of inner strength and conviction woven from countless righteous decisions, that gives life its direction.”
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