Mormon Life

My faith is my life. It is the greatest treasure that I have. I start out my day reading the scriptures, or listening to them on a CD or my iphone while I am getting ready to go to work.

I have been studying the Old Testament the last four years and have read or listened to every word of the entire Old Testament 4 times in the last four years and am now half way through the New Testament this year. I also take notes as I listen. I have compiled enough material to make my own “Readers Digest” of the scriptures that I refer to often to remind me of important lessons that I have learned.

I know that God speaks to us all through His scriptures. I marvel at how often I find the answer to an important question that I am seeking come to me in my daily scripture study, which gives me peace, comfort and strength to endure the difficulties of my daily life.

This is a very stressful time to be on the earth, but a wonderful time as we are witnessing the fulfillment of many of the prophesies foretold in the Bible that must occur before Christ comes again in glory to reign personally upon the earth. I love talking about spiritual things with my patients when the occasion arises. These things are such a blessing to me and my family that I want to share them with everyone that I meet.

The gospel of Jesus Christ has kept my family close together and happy. We kneel together as a family to pray every day morning and night. I love hearing my children thank God for all that he has blessed us with and praying for strength to do what is right and to be protected from harm.

We go to church every Sunday without fail. We need that weekly reinforcement. We are renewed by the Spirit of the Lord that we feel there each week. We take the Sacrament each Sunday to remind us of the covenant we made when we were baptized to take upon us the name of Christ, to always remember him and to keep his commandments, which he has given us. We increase in knowledge and wisdom each week as we listen to the inspired talks and lessons that are taught there. We also love seeing our friends there. We get great strength from associating with so many good people who have similar Christian goals, morals and standards.

As a family we also have Family Home Evening every Monday night. This really helps us unite as a family. We plan our week and schedule upcoming events. We talk about family issues, troubles, communication problems, goals, etc. We start with a prayer and a song. Then I, or my wife will teach a lesson about a gospel principal or Christ-like virtue that we need to work on as a family. Often we play a family game and almost every Monday night we end with desert.

My wife and I love to go to the Temple once a month. It is beautiful and full of symbolism. The temple is a holy place where we leave the cares of the world outside and go in to contemplate and learn about things of God’s Celestial Kingdom. In the Temple we learn of the splendor of God’s infinite creation, His eternal plan of happiness for us and make sacred covenants with Him. The magnificent beauty, purity and solemnity of the Temple inspire and strengthen us to focus our lives on spiritual goals and treasures of eternal value. It renews in us our eternal commitment to each other to be completely faithful to each other and to the Lord. Our sense of fulfillment and true joy increase exponentially as we live the gospel of Jesus Christ and strive to learn of him and to become more like him every day.

We end every day with family prayer as we gather all of our children around us and kneel to give thanks for the blessings of the day and to ask for protection and strength to be ready for the next day.

My faith in Christ gives me purpose, peace, hope and strength.

Clark Hansen, N.M.D.

Defining Faith

The Apostle Paul taught that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1; see footnote b). A Book of Mormon prophet made a similar statement:

“And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” (Ether 12:6)

Definition of FAITH   (from the Bible Dictionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

“Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true (Heb. 11: 1; Alma 32: 21, Ether 12:6), and must be centered in Jesus Christ in order to produce salvation. To have faith is to have confidence in something or someone. The Lord has revealed himself and his perfect character. He possesses all the attributes of love, knowledge, justice, mercy, unchangeableness, power, and every other needful thing, so as to enable the mind of man to place confidence in him without reservation.

Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith (Rom. 10: 14-17). Miracles do not produce faith but strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ; in other words, faith comes by righteousness, although miracles often confirm one’s faith.

Faith is a principle of action and of power, and by it one can command the elements and/or heal the sick, or influence any number of circumstances when occasion warrants (Jacob 4: 4-7). Even more important, by faith one obtains a remission of sins and eventually can stand in the presence of God.

All true faith must be based upon correct knowledge or it cannot produce the desired results. Faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel and is more than belief, since true faith always moves its possessor to some kind of physical and mental action; it carries an assurance of the fulfillment of the things hoped for. A lack of faith leads one to despair, which comes because of iniquity.

Although faith is a gift, it must be cultured and sought after until it grows from a tiny seed to a great tree.

The effects of true faith in Jesus Christ include 1) an actual knowledge that the course of life one is pursuing is acceptable to the Lord (see Heb. 11: 4); 2) a reception of the blessings of the Lord that are available to man in this life; and 3) an assurance of personal salvation in the world to come. These things involve individual and personal testimony, guidance, revelation, and spiritual knowledge. Where there is true faith there are miracles, visions, dreams, healings, and all the gifts of God that he gives to his saints. Jesus pointed out some obstacles to faith in John 5: 44 and John 12: 39-42 (cf. James 1: 6-8).

The most complete and systematic exposition on faith is the Lectures on Faith, prepared for and delivered in the School of the Prophets in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1832. Other references to faith include JST; Rom. 10: 14-17; 2 Cor. 5: 7; Eph. 2: 8-9; Heb. 11: 1-40; James 2: 14-26; 1 Pet. 1: 8-9; Enos 1: 6-8; Alma 32; Moro. 10: 11; D&C 46: 13-16.”

 

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