Saturday, January 16, 2016

President Hunter: Have Faith

I am going to do a quick post tonight while I prepare my lesson for tomorrow and hurry to bed. We are studying the Teachings of President Hunter.  I have found two great quotes, and it was actually kind of hard to just pick two.  You really should read section 5 as well...these both come from section 4....one in a video and one from the lesson about how we can really turn to the Lord in times of trial.

All of us have seen some sudden storms in our lives. A few of them … can be violent and frightening and potentially destructive. As individuals, as families, as communities, as nations, even as a church, we have had sudden squalls arise which have made us ask one way or another, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” [Mark 4:38.] And one way or another we always hear in the stillness after the storm, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” [Mark 4:40.]
None of us would like to think we have no faith, but I suppose the Lord’s gentle rebuke here is largely deserved. This great Jehovah, in whom we say we trust and whose name we have taken upon us, is he who said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” (Gen. 1:6.) And he is also the one who said, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.” (Gen. 1:9.) Furthermore, it was he who parted the Red Sea, allowing the Israelites to pass through on dry ground. (See Ex. 14:21–22.) Certainly it should be no surprise that he could command a few elements acting up on the Sea of Galilee. And our faith should remind us that he can calm the troubled waters of our lives. …
I love that last part the most....our faith should help us remember that He is there for us.   It isn't that we don't have enough faith to get us through the trial it is that our faith helps us to rely on the Lord so that He can help us get through it--not our faith getting us through.  Lastly...this video from President Hunter:


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We should have faith for our whole lives not just when times are hard--by having faith in our whole life we have the faith we need for the hard times.  We should have the faith that the hard times will be short and it will be okay in the end.  Even if we can't see the end. 

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