A Very Good Week
- Elder Bednar came to Kumasi
- My teaching and understanding of the Gospel have both significantly improved
We have a few progressing investigators and they are really doing well. Everything is looking up. 🙂 Even Thomas is looking to be baptized soon! So hopefully everything will work out.
SO! I have something I want to share and I got so excited thinking about it that I just want to share it with the whole world! (Heads up, sorry if this is blunt in some areas)
Things I’ve Learned About Faith
What doctrinally is faith?
In Hebrews 11:1 we understand that faith is the evidence of things not seen, that are true.
In the Book of Mormon (Alma chapter 32:21) this is supported by stating, “faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things… if ye have faith you hope for things which are not seen which are true.”
We can further understand that “Faith WITHOUT WORKS is dead, being alone” (James 2:17). So, we see that faith is evidence and hope for things not seen that require work.
What kind of work? The work of ACTING upon that which we BELIEVE.
We must understand that unless we act, we do not have real faith, at least not as the Bible teaches. The Bible says in many places that we need to pray in faith. So how do we make our prayers full of faith? We can’t just sit in a chair close our eyes and believe that it will come. We need to “Go and Do“ (1 Nephi 3:7).
In order for our prayers to be full of faith, we need to try to achieve what we ask our Heavenly Father to help us accomplish. “But, Elder Gilbert, doesn’t that take away from faith if we try to do it by ourselves and not leave it up to God?” Not in the least bit!
Ultimately I have to say that if we honestly ask ourselves if we have faith in Christ, we need to ask ourselves, “Where is my action supporting my belief?” If all we do is believe that Christ lives and that he sacrificed himself for us and then sin knowingly, we are mocking his sacrifice and denying him. If we do that, we do not have faith. Just as actions speak louder than words, faith without works is dead.
In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
P.S. I’ll attach a photo of me and Elder Nuamah. It’s not very nice but it’s us! He’s from Takoradi, Ghana. I think thats how you spell it. (TAHK-ah-rah-day)