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The Savior perceived the strength or weakness in the faith of those around Him. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not something ethereal, floating loosely in the air. Faith does not fall upon us by chance or stay with us by birthright.

Your faith is either growing stronger or becoming weaker. Faith is a principle of power, important not only in this life but also in our progression beyond the veil. A month ago in Brazil, I met Aroldo Cavalcante. He was baptized at age 21, the first member of the Church in his family. His faith burned brightly, and he immediately began preparing to serve a mission.

Three months later, only days before she died, she spoke to Aroldo of her greatest concern: There were no relatives to help. Aroldo would need to take full responsibility for his two younger sisters and his younger brother. He solemnly made this promise to his dying mother. By day he worked in a bank, and at night he attended the university.

He continued to keep his baptismal covenants, but his hopes for a full-time mission were gone. His mission would be caring for his family. Undaunted by the obstacles before him, he moved forward with enormous faith. Aroldo saved every Brazilian cruzeiro he could. At age 23, he received his mission call.

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He told his brother how much to withdraw each month from his for the family. Aroldo still did not have enough money to pay the full cost of his mission and the living expenses for his brother and sisters, but with faith he entered the MTC.

A week later he received the first of many blessings. The bank that had employed Elder Cavalcante unexpectedly doubled the money he was to receive as he concluded his work. This miracle, along with others, provided the needed income for his mission and his family during his absence. My faith grew, allowing me to overcome many challenges. There are many Christian men and women with deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we honor and respect them.

But brethren, we have been given something more: the priesthood of God, the power of God restored to earth by holy angels. This makes you different. You no longer stand on neutral ground. Your faith will grow not by chance, but by choice. How we live our lives increases or diminishes our faith. Prayer, obedience, honesty, purity of thought and deed, and unselfishness increase faith. Without these, faith diminishes. Be relentless in protecting your faith. Addressing honest questions is an important part of building faith, and we use both our intellect and our feelings.

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Using our mind without our heart will not bring spiritual answers. For example, questions concerning the Prophet Joseph Smith are not new.

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They have been hurled by his critics since this work began. To those of faith who, looking through the colored glasses of the 21st century, honestly question events or statements of the Prophet Joseph from nearly years ago, may I share some friendly advice: For now, give Brother Joseph a break!

At age 38, Joseph sealed his witness with his blood. I testify that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Settle this in your mind, and move forward! I hold in my hand a copy of the first edition of the Book of Mormon in French, published by John Taylor as he began the work in France in Some or all of the Book of Mormon is now in languages across the world. It provides a spiritual and tangible witness of the truthfulness of the Restoration.

When was the last time that you read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover? Read it again. It will increase your faith. Another gift from God that enlarges our faith is the guidance of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve.

Paul said:. The guidance of the First Presidency and the Twelve help protect our faith. Although your beginning fire of faith may be small, righteous choices bring greater confidence in God, and your faith grows. The difficulties of mortality blow against you, and evil forces lurk in the darkness, hoping to extinguish your faith.

But as you continue to make good choices, trust in God, and follow His Son, the Lord sends increased light and knowledge, and your faith becomes settled and unwavering. President Thomas S. On June 12 of this year, I received an telling me that the bishop from a Utah ward, his wife, and two of their children had been killed in an airplane accident.

Bishop Mark Openshaw had been piloting the plane as it left a small airfield, when it suddenly fell from the sky and crashed to the earth. Bishop Openshaw, his wife, Amy, and their children Tanner and Ellie were killed in the accident.

Miraculously their five-year-old son, Max, thrown out of the airplane in his airplane seat, escaped with only broken bones. I learned that their son Elder Porter Openshaw was serving in the Marshall Islands Majuro Mission and that their year-old son, Zane, was on a school cultural exchange in Germany. I called Elder Openshaw on Christmas Island. Although heartbroken by the unexpected death of his mother, father, brother, and sister, Elder Openshaw immediately turned his concern to his two younger brothers.

Ultimately it was Elder Openshaw and his brother Zane who decided that others could help at home and that Porter should stay on his mission. They knew it was what their parents would want. As I spoke with Elder Openshaw, I felt his sadness but also his unquenchable fire of faith. I met Zane for the first time at the funeral. As I looked at the four caskets before us in the chapel, I marveled at the faith of this year-old as he addressed the congregation. We will be praying for you and missing you. I know that she, along with Tanner, Ellie, and my dad are … praying for [my brothers and] me.

I know that … they pray that I remember who I am … because I, like you, am of God, and He has sent me here. I testify [that] … no matter how alone we feel, God will not forsake us. My dear friends, your faith did not begin at birth, and it will not end at death. Faith is a choice. October Discovering the Divinity Within Rosemary M. It Works Wonderfully! Dieter F. God Is at the Helm M. Russell Ballard. What Lack I Yet? Larry R. Behold Thy Mother Jeffrey R. Tested and Tempted—but Helped Hugo Montoya. Choose the Light Vern P. Your Next Step Randall K.

Keep the Commandments Thomas S. Be an Example and a Light Thomas S. Plain and Precious Truths Gary E. Why the Church D. Todd Christofferson. Hold on Thy Way Koichi Aoyagi.

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