By joe
11/3/2007 9:21:52 PM
Step 3 - Key Principle — Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
I was out running today and had a thought come to me about how important faith really is. The Articles of -Faith- all talk about believing and start with believing in God the Eternal Father and in his Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. More than that I thought about the fourth article. That article talks about the first Principles and ordinances of the gospel and first is Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, second is repentance. Before we can start to repent we have to have faith in the Lord. As Alma taught sometimes when we are lacking that faith what we need is just the desire to believe and that can work toward achieving the goal of faith and from there allowing us to follow with the other steps that will result in our being Faithful in keeping the commandments, being able to repent, and being worthy of the blessings of the Spirit.
Occasionally, I find myself feeling cynical about events of the restoration. Wondering if Joseph Smith had come to me and told me personally that he had seen God the Father and His Son, would I have believed him or thought that he was some wacked out psycho? I hope that I would have felt the spirit of his message and embraced the gospel but, I just don't know if I would have. I am grateful to have been raised in the gospel and I pray that we can all find the faith to move forward in the recovery process. We have to believe that God can help us and that we can be clean again. Then, the atonement can work to make us who we want to be.


You got me thinking...    
"I think it's harder to believe the Joseph Smith story today. I think it would have been easier being face to face with a prophet of God than to believe generations later. It's strange but when I see President Hinckley speak in General Conferrence I believe wholeheartedly that he is what he claims to be-a prophet. But, truth be told, it was years before I had a firm testimony about Joseph Smith. I had read the Book of Mormon and knew it to be a true record but I hadn't yet realized that to have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, I had to have a testimony of the prophet that brought it to light. My testimony, like my recovery, is a learning process-for sure. Thanks for your thoughts."
posted at 13:38:09 on November 4, 2007 by Anonymous

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" Is it possible to reclaim a life that through reckless abandon has become so strewn with garbage that it appears that the person is unforgivable? Or what about the one who is making an honest effort but has fallen back into sin so many times that he feels that there is no possible way to break the seemingly endless pattern? Or what about the person who has changed his life but just can't forgive himself?The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. "

— Shayne M. Bowen

General Conference October 2006