Faith in Jesus Christ

This entry is based on an article written by President Russell M Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the March 2008 Ensign – a Special Edition focusing on Jesus Christ.

Elder Nelson began by talking about the incredible nature of the human body – I will quote a few things:
“Each organ is an amazing creation. The eye has a self-focusing lens. Nerves and muscles allow two eyes to make a single three-dimensional image. The ear converts sound waves into audible tones perceived in the brain.
The heart has four delicate valves that control the direction of blood flow. They open and close more than 100,000 times a day – 36 million times a year…No man-made material can be flexed so frequently and so long without breaking. Each day, the adult heart pumps enough fluid to fill a 2,000 gallon tank.
Think of the body’s backup system. Each paired organ has instant backup available from the other…Single organs are nourished by the two routes of blood supply.
Think of the body’s capacity to defend itself. To protect it from harm, the body perceives pain. In response to infection, it generates antibodies.
Think how the body repairs itself. Broken bones mend and become strong again…A leak in the circulation can heal itself…
Such order bears witness of a Supreme Creator.”

Everything natural in life has a perfect balance and order – showing us that God must be there and, through scripture, we know Jesus Christ created these things under our Heavenly Father’s direction. Of himself, He said “Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.” (3 Nephi 9:15). In order to accept this statement, however, one needs to have faith in Him. “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are, first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Article of Faith 4) – that is the beginning step – to gain this faith.

But what is faith? Alma says in Alma 32:21 “…faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things…if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true…” It is a gift from God to have faith. To help our faith grow, we apply principles of the Gospel in our life and see if they work. As we do – we gain a knowledge of it’s truthfulness.

Elder Nelson goes on to say “Dynamic faith in the Lord brings conversion, a mighty change of heart, a change of thinking, from the ways of the world to the ways of Deity.”it leads us to become more willing to change, to be more Christ-like.

One way to receive this life-changing dynamic faith is by reading, pondering and praying about the Book of Mormon, as it testifies of Jesus Christ. In fact, the very title page says “…to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ…” (Book of Mormon Title Page) and receiving this faith also helps us to know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God (see Introduction to the Book of Mormon).

Not only does faith produce miracles and blessings in this life – but without faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, one can’t (or shouldn’t) be baptised in His name – meaning they can’t receive the Holy Ghost or take any other vital step along their eternal lives. Faith is key.

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