Thursday, February 23, 2012

I do not know the meaning of all things

I commented the other day on a post over at That Good Part and I think I mentioned in a previous post how I have felt stagnant in my personal growth - which was easy to live with because my "level of righteousness", so-to-speak, was relatively good. I am far from perfect, but I have meaningful prayers, meaningful scripture study, and I do a pretty good job with my relationships, and loving others. Not perfect.

In fact, I have a long way to go. And that truth about if you're not moving toward the Savior, you're moving away from Him always hits me at this point in my thought process.

I have been trying to be really mindful of the things I don't know, and the many areas of my life that can use improvement.

I echo Nephi, who said, "I know that [God] loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things."

I have a sure, strong testimony of the gospel, of Jesus Christ, and His atonement, of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, and of God's love for us. But I do not know the meaning of everything. Honestly, I don't know the meaning of a lot of things, really.

One of the areas in my life that needs improvement is faith. Which may sound silly because I have such a strong testimony - but I think that my testimony has been more knowledge than faith.

Alma said, "And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginners to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good. And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant". (Alma 32:33-34)

Because of my great parents and leaders when I was young, I think that my faith has been dormant in a lot of things, and because it has been dormant for so long, I have almost forgotten how to exercise faith!

Along with working this year on learning God's will for me, I think that I need to practice having more faith. Which kind of go hand in hand anyway.

How do you find the things you don't know? What do you do about it when you realize you don't know something? Is your faith dormant in some gospel principles because you have already received a perfect knowledge of that principle?

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1 comment:

  1. Becca,
    2 Nephi4:16 (you know),Behold my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord: and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.
    We discussed this scripture in my BOM study group last evening. The question was asked If we had individually reached a point in our "spiritual lives" where we pondered or thought about God all day. So I answered that pondering, although it means to mediate, is also when we truely live out in our daily lives Gods "statutes and judgements, his priciples for daily living. We may not read our scriptures as diligently as we want too, we may stumble,we have days where we fill completely "out of fellowship", but for me, the "word" is written in my heart, I love the Lord. So I try to allow Him to guide my steps. I try not to be like Lot's wife and allow myself to become impatient or ungrateful, but it can happen. So like Nephi, I will cry out in prayer. The Lord is good, patient and kind, his mercy endureth forever.
    I love your strong testimony of the gospel in your life Becca.


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