Wednesday, February 5, 2014


"Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason there of until all of the events transpire." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 256)

"Joseph Smith taught that working by faith is working by the power of mental exertion rather than physical force. (Lectures on Faith 7:3)  I am persuaded that the mental exertion of which he spoke is not merely a cognitive exercise, but rather a stern, strenuous effort, a spiritual search to know the will of God and then to accept and abide by that will. "Working by faith is not the mere speaking of a few well-chosen words," Elder Bruce R. McConkie has written; "anyone with the power of speech could have commanded the rotting corpse of Lazarus to come forth, but only one whose power was greater than death could bring life again to the brother of Mary and Martha. Nor is working by faith merely a mental desire, however strong, that some eventuality should occur. There may be those whose mental powers and thought processes are greater than any of the saints, but only persons who are in tune with the Infinite can exercise the spiritual forces and powers that come from him." In short, "Faith cannot be exercised contrary to the order of heaven or contrary to the will and purposes of him whose power it is. Men work by faith when they are in tune with the Spirit and when what they seek to do by mental exertion and by the spoken word is the mind and will of the Lord." (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, pp. 191-92, emphasis added.) - Robert Millett

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