Sunday, February 24, 2013

Having Faith

The way of the faithful disciple of Christ may not be easy. Jeffrey R. Holland said:

“When we promise to follow the Savior, to walk in His footsteps, and be His disciples, we are promising to go where that divine path leads us. And the path of salvation has always led one way or another through Gethsemane. So if the Savior faced such injustices and discouragements, such persecutions, unrighteousness, and suffering, we cannot expect that we are not going to face some of that if we still intend to call ourselves His true disciples and faithful followers.” (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lessons from Liberty Jail,” Ensign, September 2009, 31).

These Gethsemane like experiences will refine and strengthen us if we remain faithful. Niel L. Andersen said, "Like the intense fire that transforms iron into steel, as we remain faithful during the fiery trial of our faith, we are spiritually refined and strengthened." (Neil L. Andersen, "Trail of Your Faith," Ensign, November 2012).

In the midst of our trials we need not live in fear. Faith can and should replace our fear. Russell M. Nelson said:

“We live in a time of turmoil. Earthquakes and tsunamis wreak devastation, governments collapse, economic stresses are severe, the family is under attack, and divorce rates are rising. We have great cause for concern. But we do not need to let our fears displace our faith. We can combat those fears by strengthening our faith” (Russell M. Nelson, “Face the Future with Faith,” Ensign, May 2011, 34).

We should always remember that "...Our Heavenly Father is aware of our needs and will help us as we call upon Him for assistance. I believe that no concern of ours is too small or insignificant. The Lord is in the details of our lives." (Thomas S. Monson, "Consider the Blessings," Ensign, November 2012).

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