Thursday, November 11, 2010

After the trial of your faith

                                      "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed..."  Alma 32:28
       There has been a certain subject on my mind the past couple of days, that subject is Faith.  One lady who we were teaching in my last area sparked these thoughts of mine.  It is a common thing among many people who investigate this church, initially there is a sense of excitement and curiousity, this is where that seed of faith is planted.  This sense of curiousity leads them to research, it is during these early stages that something else happens though.  The adversary is the enemy of god and "he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself." (2 Ne. 2:27)  He doesn't not want us to find the remarkable and wonderful truth of the restoration of the gospel.  It is in these early stages that he throws at us his snares and traps and doubts.  He leads us to forget the feelings we had as we read the scriptures, heard the wonderful truth of the gospel, and experienced the comfort of the Holy Ghost.  He gives unto us misinfomation, false doctrine and lies, and in this time that little seed of faith with which we have planted is at risk.  It is at this time that our trial of faith occurs, where we must decide if that seed we have planted is a good seed or not. For the honest seeker of truth, the answer will come but not until we do our part. 
 "..behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." (Alma 32:28)

         Many people neglect the feelings of the Holy Ghost, which is the one sure answer we have.  Many people put their trust in their own understanding, or in information from others.  The scriptures teach us that "by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things" (Moroni 10:5)  We must put our trust in our Father in Heaven and in the feelings of the Holy Ghost.  For "everthing which inviteth and enticeth to do good is of god" (Moroni 7:16)  So for all who are still in doubt about the Gospel, read the Book of Mormon, think of the way you feel.  Go to church, and pay attention to your feelings.  Pray, and ask for comfort.  I promise as you do these things you will "Feel" that this is true.  And for all who have done these things before, I urge you to REMEMBER!!  Remember the feelings you had. 

          I would love for people to share with us there experiences of overcoming their trial of faith.  So please share!

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