Monday, November 9, 2015

The distant scene--one step enough for me

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons. When possible on Sundays, I discuss some things related to my faith and what I believe. With respect to your own beliefs, I hope this gives you a chance to get to know me and my religion a little better. For previous installments, click here.

There are lot of things about the gospel that I don't know or understand. The wonderful thing about that is that's perfectly acceptable. The point of studying the scriptures, attending our church meetings, going to the temple, and just about everything else we do is to embark on our eternal progression and personal development. We are expected to ask questions and seek out answers for ourselves.

In Alma chapter 32, we can find the method for exercising our faith -

26 Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
 27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
The full text can be found in Alma 32:26-43. There is no timeline. We don't have to come to answers or understanding in anyone's time but our own.

When there is something I don't understand in the gospel or the church, I rely on and focus on things I do. I find comfort in those things and work and pray to understand what I don't. In short, I use the promises found in Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
We are not expected to blindly follow the things we are taught without question, but to learn and discover and understand truths for ourselves and to build our own personal testimony. For that, I am grateful. I hope to continue learning and growing in my knowledge of the gospel and in all other aspects of my life for as long as possible.

The video is of one of my favorite hymns, sung by one of my favorite groups. Enjoy. And if you have any questions about the gospel, whether you are a member of my faith or not, I would be happy to discuss them with you, because I don't think any of us should be traveling these paths alone.


Heidi said...

Sunday was our Primary program. I remembered some things I'd forgotten in the stress of being unemployed and the emotions from events during the previous week. It's good to remember what's important.

Giggles said...

I love that we are encouraged to question and find things out on our own. An important part of that is understanding the different sources we can turn to.