Faith in Jesus Christ
Good morning my dear Brothers and Sisters, my talk today will be about Faith in Jesus Christ. But before we start let us see what the Webster dictionary has to say about the words Faith and believe:
Definition of Faith
    So now we know the definition of faith is to believe, but what does it mean to believe?
    Definition of believe
      And now let us see what the scriptures say about faith.
        And now let us see what Elder David A Bednar has to say about faith.
        In his talk “Seek learning by Faith” the Apostle said the following:
        The Apostle Paul defined faith as “the substance of things hoped for, [and] the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Alma declared that faith is not a perfect knowledge; rather, if we have faith, we “hope for things which are not seen, [but] are true” (Alma 32:21). Additionally, we learn in the Lectures on Faith that faith is “the first principle in revealed religion, and the foundation of all righteousness” and that it is also “the principle of action in all intelligent beings” (Joseph Smith, comp., Lectures on Faith [1985], 1).

        These teachings of Paul and of Alma and from the Lectures on Faith highlight three basic elements of faith: (1) faith as the assurance of things hoped for which are true, (2) faith as the evidence of things not seen, and (3) faith as the principle of action in all intelligent beings. I describe these three components of faith in the Savior as simultaneously facing the future, looking to the past, and initiating action in the present.

        Faith as the assurance of things hoped for looks to the future. This assurance is founded upon a correct understanding about and trust in God and enables us to “press forward” (2 Nephi 31:20) into uncertain and often challenging situations in the service of the Savior.

        Now let us read from the Articles of Faith, the Creed of our Church.

        The Articles of Faith


          So we now see that Faith is the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of our religion.
          I want to tell you a story…
          There was once a Catholic Priest, and a two Mormon Elders who went fishing, the two Elder was good friends with the Priest and went fishing every weekend. The Other Elder was new to their friendship circle and they wanted him to feel at home. So they all came to the dam at about 5:00am and they got on the small row boat and stopped and their fishing spot, a few hours later nature started to call and the first Elder stood up in the boat and told them he had to go before it was to late, he then climbed out of the boat that was in the middle of the dam and ran on the water to the shore. The Other Elder looked at this story and thought to himself “Wow this Elder is truly one with Jesus”. The Elder came walking back and the kept on fishing, the Other Elder said nothing. Then a few hours later nature called again and it was the Priest who needed to go. Same story stood up and ran to the shore and walked back on the water like it was normal, by now the Other Elder was getting pretty uncomfortable and started to doubt his own faith. When it was his turn to go he jumped up with a proud outstretched chest jumped out of the boat and sank into the water like a rock. After helping him out of the water the Elder looked at the Priest and said “It seems like we forgot to tell him about the wall under the water”.
          So why this story? Easy, the truth about the wall in the water represents our knowledge of the Truth of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of the Gospel. Without that Truth we will fall into the darkness that is in the world today. By having faith in Jesus Christ we know he is God’s plan for Salvation. I would like to show you a picture, it is the name of the Father in Hebrew, but in ancient Pictograph.

          I would like to show you something amazing about the name of God, the name that is so Holy that no Jew would ever speak it. But first we believe that Jesus is the Savior that died on the cross who’s hands and forearms were punctured by nails, now look at the name of God, if you take every consonant of His name it says Behold the nail Behold the hand/arm, showing that even in His Holy name that the one that will die on the cross is the one that will save us.



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          Let us look at the plan of salvation:
          The plan of salvation is God’s plan for the happiness of His children. It is centered on the atonement of Jesus Christ. If you will follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, you will find lasting inner peace in this life and eternal joy after death. So we can see that the truth truly is that Jesus is the only path to salvation.
          In the pre-mortal existence God the Father asked who will be the Savior of mankind and 2 stood up, Jesus and Lucifer, Lucifer said he would bring all the souls to God but that he Lucifer would get all the honor, but Jesus stood up and said that he would do His Fathers will and that the glory and honor would go to the Father. Jesus had so much faith in the Father that he was willing to put his life on the line to save us all.
          The Savior says, (Matthew 17:19-20), in explaining the reason why the disciples could not cast out the devil, that it was because of their unbelief: "For verily, I say unto you," said he, "if ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place! and it shall remove: and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (LF 1:18)
          But let us read what Jesus said to them in Matthew 17:19-20
          19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
          20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your [a]unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (Mat. 17:19-20)
          Moroni, while abridging and compiling the record of his fathers, has given us the following account of faith as the principle of power: He says, in Ether 12:13, that it was the faith of Alma and Amulek which caused the walls of the prison to be wrent, as recorded in Alma 14:23-29; it was the faith of Nephi and Lehi which caused a change to be wrought upon the hearts of the Lamanites, when they were immersed with the Holy Spirit, and with fire, as seen in Helaman 5:37-50; and that it was by faith that the mountain Zerin was removed, when the brother of Jared spake in the name of the Lord. See also Ether 12:30. (LF 1:19)
          So now we see that all these have faith in common.
          So now I ask you my dear Brothers and Sisters, if the people of old could have faith in Jesus why are we struggling. Even the Father has faith, because without faith He could not have created everything.
          But lets go even deeper, in the lectures on faith Joseph Smith the Prophet wrote the following:
          2 In presenting the subject of faith, we shall observe the following order:
          3 First, Faith itself—what it is:
          4 Secondly, The object on which it rests; and
          5 Thirdly, The effects which flow from it. (LF 1:2-5)
          So you must have faith in something and by your faith there must be an effect.
          So we believe in Jesus Christ and His Father they are the Objects of our Faith and the effect of that faith? We have to become more like Jesus was on Earth, remember he was human when he was on Earth, and if he could do it so can we. He was the perfect example for us and even God the Father had Faith in Him that he will fulfill His duty. Jesus by having faith in His Father made Him do his duty.
          I want to end my talk with this last message. Faith in Jesus Christ will bring you closer to Him and the Father and by believing in them we will begin to do great things in Their Kingdom. In James 2:26 we read:

          “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”

          I leave you with this in the name of Jesus Christ
          Amen.