Brethren, let me be clear: there is nothing noble or impressive about being cynical. Skepticism is easy—anyone can do it. It is the faithful life that requires moral strength, dedication, and courage. Those who hold fast to faith are far more impressive than those who give in to doubt when mysterious questions or concerns arise.
But it should not surprise us that faith is not valued by society. The world has a long history of rejecting that which it does not understand. And it has particular trouble understanding things it cannot see. But just because we cannot see something with our physical eyes does not mean it doesn’t exist. Indeed, “there are more things in heaven and earth … than are dreamt of” in our textbooks, scientific journals, and worldly philosophies. The universe is filled with wonders profound and astonishing—things that can be comprehended only through spiritual eyes.
When we choose to believe, exercise faith unto repentance, and follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, we open our spiritual eyes to splendors we can scarcely imagine. Thus our belief and faith will grow stronger, and we will see even more.9
Brethren, I testify that even in the toughest of times, the Savior will say to you as He said to an anxious father on a crowded street in Galilee, “Be not afraid, only believe.”10
We can choose to believe.
For in belief, we discover the dawn of light.
We will discover truth.11
We will find peace.12
Because of our belief, we will never hunger, never thirst.13 The gifts of God’s grace will enable us to be true to our faith and will fill our soul like “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”14 We will experience true and lasting joy.15
Therefore, my dear friends, my beloved brethren in the priesthood of God:
Have courage to believe.
Be not afraid, only believe.
I double testify to what President Uchtdorf has said.
this week has been so fast and so great! heaps of emotions but we're all goods!
this week was transfers and Sister Flake got taken away from me :( it was a sad couple of days but I know that she is going to do MIRACLES in her new area. My new companion is from Samoa and her name is Sister Moli. she has been out for 6 months and just left her first area, which was my first area! Manurewa, Finlayson Ward. happy little coincidence there :)
This week we had....wait for it.......TEN INVESTIGATORS AT CHURCH! Don't ask me how it happened because I really have no idea. I do know that we have been accessing the Lord's power so much more lately by fasting twice a week and I can feel and see the changes it has brought. Just the differences in the people we were seeing before and now has blown my mind.
one of the miracles this week was with a less active member Paremaemae (have fun pronouncing that haha). she has a non member daughter who wants to be baptized but recently Paremaemae realized that Tewai wouldn't be able to be baptized if her, as the mother and support wasn't active and was still smoking. she told us her desire for Tewai and to stop smoking and we told her that we would do the 15 step program with her and she is ready. keen as and ready to make this step closer to Heavenly Father not just for her daughter but for her. it was SO cool! because missionaries have been working with Paremaemae for ages and she's finally ready to make this step. i'm so proud of her.
I love yous HEAPS and hope you have a great week!
May the Force be with you!
ps one of our members told me some spoilers about the new star wars movie!!!! OH MY GOODNESS
pps GO CARDINALS!!!