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On Faith (February 2007)

   Posted by: John

We were talking about miracles in Sunday School today.  Bro. Miner was writing some things on the board as we were reading scriptures from the lesson.  One of the words that he wrote was “Faith”.  Then he proceeded to describe faith in a way I have not thought of before.

We had read the following situation from Mark 2:1-4.

“And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.  And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.  And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.”

At this point he asked us what other words can be used to describe faith.  Words like hope and belief were given by class members.  Bro. Miner added a different word on the board: confidence.  I have never associated that word with faith.  After thinking about it, I wonder why I haven’t.  It makes perfect sense.  A person with faith is confident that the Lord will respond to whatever the circumstance is.

This is a great example of why faith is different than belief, where one may hope that something is true, but does not have confidence in it.  Faith drives people to action, and while it is true that one hopes for the promises associated with the various commandments and works, the confidence in the Lord is strengthened with each manifestation of the spirit.

I think of Enos, whose soul hungered to know if the things his father taught him were true.  He prayed mightily and received his answer.  He prayed more about other things and was answered again.  Then, in verse 11, “And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord…”  In other words, his confidence that God heard him, answered him and loved him was strong.  It became so strong, that in verse 12, God said “…I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith.”  Now, the situation that Enos describes in these verses has to do with the Lamanites, but the principle applies to faith in general.  Enos had such confidence in the Lord that the Lord granted the righteous desires of his heart, and tells him that his faith is the reason.

That is what I learned in Sunday School today.


Nephi and Immigration

   Posted by: John

Yesterday was our high council Sunday.  Brother Ingersoll was the high council speaker, and we had the pleasure of hearing his wife as well.  The Ingersolls are members of our ward, so it was nice to have speakers we know.

Both of them spoke about scripture study.  This is something we have been trying to do as a family.  We don’t seem to be able to do it every night, but have been making it a few nights of the week.  Last week we didn’t seem to do it at all, and here were the speakers in church emphasizing that it needs to be done!  Funny how the Lord knows what you need to hear and delivers.

I just finished 1st Nephi (again) and was thinking about what he said concerning this land.  Nephi mentions that this promised land had been hidden from the world because if it was known, it would be overrun.  Of course, his people were meant to inherit it, but they ended up blowing it big time.  Then, the “gentiles” came and received the land for their inheritance.

I got to thinking about the current immigration issues facing this country.  There are a lot of people who are righteous, both in and out of the church, and I think these people are largely what’s keeping this land from utter destruction.  But, seeing as how we are being overrun by illegal immigrants, I have to wonder if this is the kind of thing Nephi was referring to.  We have others who have greed and envy in their hearts and there doesn’t seem to be much preventing them from making their way here.  I fear that if we are not careful, we will lose our land of inheritance to others.  Food for thought.