What faith and trust can do

By Gordon Nishimoto, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints | Jul 03, 2018

As a young child, my father would put me on the counter and instruct me to jump to him. He would immediately catch me and then he would place me slightly higher and have me do the same thing.

As I got older, I would ask, "Are you sure you will catch me?" After being assured, away I went.

But, as I got older, when he would ask me to jump, I would reply, “No way!” and scamper down.

A spiritual definition of trust is,  “reliance upon or placing confidence in someone or something. In spiritual matters, trust includes relying on God and His Spirit.”

The scriptures say, “To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.  To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.” D&C 46: 13-14.

Yes, there are some who have a sure knowledge. They have walked and talked with Jesus, but there are many more people that have felt the Spirit verify to their hearts the truthfulness that Jesus is our Savior.  The real truth of it is that those who know and those who believe, will both have eternal life.

Elder Arthur Kay, a church leader, stated just before his passing, “I have never had a day in my life that I can remember when I haven’t known these things are true. In the past two or three weeks, I have greeted most of my grandchildren, and I have shaken their hands and looked into their eyes and have said, ‘Keep the faith, my child. It’s true.’ Almost invariably, there has come the response, ‘I will, Grandpa, I will.’”

Keeping the faith and trusting God are two keys to happiness.

God has asked us to keep His commandments, which if we do, blessings always follow.  So, faith is not just believing. Faith is acting on what we believe.

As we consider what Heavenly Father asks of us, perhaps we should also ask how much He loves us. I tell my children that I love them so much, but that God loves them even more!

A modern day apostle, Jeffrey Holland, explains, “The first great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength - that’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength. That love is the foundation stone of eternity, and it should be the foundation stone of our daily life.”

Being a grandfather has been a great joy in my life. Our granddaughter Evelyn is a one-year-old sparkle of sunshine.

I hope that Evelyn will have a life free of sadness and pain. Yet, I can see her growing and adapting to the world around her.

When she wants a toy, she will do whatever it takes to get to it, even if it might mean falling. She chews on everything! If it’s on the floor, it’s fair game!

Every electric outlet in our home is plugged with a plastic cap because you never know what Evelyn’s going to do next.

God, our Father in Heaven, is really just that.  He is our Father.

He has a plan for our happiness and He knows what will hurt us and what will bring us joy.

If we have faith and keep His commandments, everything will work out in a beautiful way.

As we move forward with faith and trust in God, He will catch us. Every time!

 

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