Monday, April 20, 2015

Seek and Ye Shall Find...

Ask of God; ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

For everyone that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened.  (Matthew 7:7-8)

 God does not force us to believe.  Faith is the product of active seeking.

Belief is something we choose—we hope for it, we work for it, and we sacrifice for it. We will not accidentally come to believe in the Savior and His gospel any more than we will accidentally pray or pay tithing. We actively choose to believe, just like we choose to keep other commandments.  ("Choose to Believe", Elder L. Whitney Clayton, April 2015 General Conference address)
Of course, the converse also holds true.  If we actively choose to disbelieve, we compromise the process that builds faith just as effectively.
Contrary to popular sentiment, the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is open to everyone who seeks for it.  It is not secret or hidden to those who keep the commandments of God, nor is it obscured to any with eyes to see and ears to hear.
 ...All saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
  And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
  And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.  (Doctrine and Covenants 89:18-20)

But beware of seeking the wrong thing, because if you go looking, you'll find it. If you're looking for trouble, you've come to the right place.

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