Thursday, August 18, 2016

Robert D. Hales on building faith in Jesus Christ

Elder Robert D. Hales (1932- ) served as a Seventy from 1976 to 1985, when he was called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
"We cannot find Enos-like faith without our own wrestle before God in prayer. I testify that the reward is worth the effort. Remember the pattern: (1) hear the word of God, spoken and written by His servants; (2) let that word sink deep into your heart; (3) hunger in your soul for righteousness; (4) obediently follow gospel laws, ordinances, and covenants; and (5) raise your voice in mighty prayer and supplication, asking in faith to know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I promise that if you do these things sincerely and unceasingly, the words Christ spoke to His disciples will be fulfilled in your life: 'Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you' (Matt. 7:7).
"Once we find the beginnings of our faith in Jesus, our Heavenly Father allows our faith to be strengthened. This occurs in many ways, including through the experience of adversity....
"When the challenges of mortality come, and they come for all of us, it may seem hard to have faith and hard to believe. At these times only faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement can bring us peace, hope, and understanding. Only faith that He suffered for our sakes will give us the strength to endure to the end. When we gain this faith, we experience a mighty change of heart, and like Enos, we become stronger and begin to feel a desire for the welfare of our brothers and sisters. We pray for them, that they too will be lifted and strengthened through faith on the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ."
- Robert D. Hales, "Finding Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ," Ensign, Nov. 2004, pp. 70-73
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Elder Hales teaches that sometimes we have to put in the right efforts to get the right results. The blessings that came to Enos were not a coincidence; he had done the things to be in position to receive them. If we want similar blessings, we must do similar actions:

Then Elder Hales reminds us that faith, once started, grows through experiences that may include adversity and challenges. Those times may be difficult, but the Savior and the Atonement are great keys to obtaining the strength to endure; and then to go on to bless others around us.

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