The Fourth Principle

Posted By Elder Dakota Summers on Oct 12, 2017 | 0 comments


I went back to the question I pondered on in the beginning of my mission. It was the one I really sought out to find an answer to and that was, “What is faith?” Simple enough? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

But there is so much more to faith than just that. It’s trusting that you will wake up the next day to take another breath of life, its trusting that the car will start when you turn the key to get to your job that you’re running late to because your child didn’t want to get up for school.

It’s acting on promptings to talk to someone who holds their head low because life is just a little to hard that day. It’s believing that maybe, just maybe there is something out there who knows you….and cares about you…..and loves…YOU.

I was told by someone that “When people pray with a desire to know something it lets off an energy in the air because there is a passion. When you have a group of people doing this of course you’re going to feel something different in the air because they are all focused on one energy.”

This led me to ask them the question, “What is Faith?” They gave me the typical answer of “believing in something you cannot see.” Throughout my whole life if someone were to ask me that question i would have given that exact same response, it takes the cake and quite frankly there was no other way to describe it. It’s just believing.

Now, this may just be me but that doesn’t satisfy me. There needs to be more. That’s to much of a gamble to put my whole life on the line just because someone says “I BELIEVE this is true” it’s almost the same as saying, “I THINK this is true, but I’m not so sure.”

Faith is not just Believing, yes that is the first principle but I’ve found it’s made up of 3 principles and after this week I’ve also found that it is centered around a 4th principle.

Principle #1 Believe- Believe there is something. It’s the basic basis, it’s the foundation, but you build off of this belief. And the way you do that is through principle #2.

Principle #2 Act- Act on the feelings you are having, do what the spirit or “energy” is telling you to do. If you believe in something then you need to show it, you need to live it. You can’t just say you’re the best one on the team if you’ve never gotten out and played a game in your life. Prove it.

If you believe your car will start when you turn the key, then TURN THE KEY! It requires an action. You can’t say you are a devout Follower of Christ if you don’t FOLLOW what he has asked us to do, or if you don’t ACT on his teachings.

At times you’re led to do things that won’t make sense, you don’t understand the reasoning of it at the time and that’s why there needs to be a 3rd principle.

Principle #3 Trust- Trust that the promptings you feel are leading you down the right path, trust that everything will work out when all odds are against you. It’s doing the things you normally wouldn’t do but because all logic is out the door it somehow makes sense.

Often times this is the hardest principles to apply, “how can you trust something you can’t see?” You can trust it by the evidence of your actions. Like it said in Hebrews 11:1 faith is “the evidence of things not seen.”

This is what leads me to my 4th principle.

I was reading a talk on faith and this line changed my whole perspective on faith. It says “Faith does not exist by itself. Faith requires an object. It must be faith in something or someone.”  (Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Dallin H. Oaks, General Conference April 1994)

That’s the jelly filling right there. That’s what makes the whole equation make sense! When we have faith IN something, then we understand why it’s possible.

When we have faith IN Jesus Christ then we know anything is possible, it’s easier to believe, it’s easier to act, it’s easier to trust, when we know and understand who our faith is in.

A perfect example of someone who understood this principle was Nephi. In 2 Nephi 4:17-23 he shares his experience.

17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.

 

18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.

 

19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.

 

20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.

 

21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.

 

22 He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me.

 

23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night-time.

Once he came to the realization of where his trust lied it made it easier to overcome all the sorrow and guilt and afflictions he was having. It’s truly the difference between believing and believing IN someone or something. It gives you a purpose and a sense of direction.

And for me it gives me comfort. “I know in whom I have trusted” I know that He lives and He loves us. I can bare you my testimony of the great power in the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Because of his sacrifice it has made it possible for us to BELIEVE that all things are possible, it helps us know how to ACT on the commandments and guidance we have been given, and it helps us TRUST in our Father in Heaven and His great and eternal plan.

I know as you place your faith IN our savior Jesus Christ that all things will be made possible and that the trials of life will be easier to bare, and I leave this testimony with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! I love and miss you! Sorry this was more about my studies rather than my week, but this way you learn something new(: hopefully…

Love,

Elder Summers

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