By Michael T.
God’s promises to those who exercise faith
I believe that God cares that you and I would bother and worry about what’s true and real. He cares that you desire further knowledge and understanding. He desires that we be willing to wrestle with, and confront, uncertainties with the hope of greater knowledge and understanding. Specifically, we are exhorted to open ourselves to receiving his help through the following actions:
- Exercise faith and have hope…and to ask that we might receive and to knock that it might be opened unto us (D&C 4).
- Draw near unto him and he will draw near unto us; to seek him diligently and we shall find him (D&C 88:63).
- Remember that his thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways his ways (Isaiah 55:8).
- Remember that if any man will do God’s will, such a person shall know of the doctrine and whether it be of God, or not (John 7:17).
- Be mindful to ask ourselves what it is that we have done with the truth and light that we have been given (Alma 12:9-11). I have heard, incidentally, more than one member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles publicly state that we live far beneath our spiritual privileges as members of the Church.
Further, we should
- Recall a very key Article of our Faith: We believe in an “open canon”—that God has, does, and will yet “reveal many great and important things” pertaining to his kingdom as well as to our lives.
- Be reminded of the fundamental premise of temple worship: We are invited to seek and grow in further light and knowledge and understanding.
God gives everyone spiritual gifts
I believe that God, the Holy Ghost, and the gospel help us nurture our individual process of belief and testimony. Moreover, as it relates to spiritual things, we have all been promised to have different spiritual gifts. Specifically, as described in Doctrine and Covenants 46:
11 For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.
12 To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby.
13 To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.
14 To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.
17 And again, verily I say unto you, to some is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of wisdom.
18 To another is given the word of knowledge, that all may be taught to be wise and to have knowledge.
I have found value in what I refer to as Moroni’s First Admonition. Specifically, that we ponder the course of our lives and that we consider the various ways in which God’s dealings with you have been evident from the beginning: “that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts” (Moroni 10:3).
It is follow by his Second Admonition: “I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:4-5).
Part of the “To Those Who Doubt” series. Read the series’ other posts here: