Sunday, December 10, 2006


The Apostle Paul wrote to the Hebrews, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (New Testament | Hebrews 11:1). Alma the Younger of the Book of Mormon taught: “faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true (Book of Mormon | Alma 32:21). Later in the same chapter, Alma challenges all of us to put faith to the test by comparing faith to a seed:

27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow (Book of Mormon | Alma 32:27 - 30).

I have a testimony that if you will truly “experiment upon the words,” if you seek the truth, you will find it. If you wish to know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true church on this Earth or if it is not, plant the seed of the word. In other words, read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and if this seed does swell within you and sprout, or if you feel like you are reading the truth, confirmed to you by the Holy Ghost, you will surely know that it is good. It is my testimony that you can discover what is truth by, as Alma taught, “exercising a particle of faith.” Your life will be blessed as you choose to have faith. I offer these words in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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