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Friday, December 6, 2013

Igniting the Flame of Our Faith

In the first two posts of this series, I likened faith to fire. "Just like light, heat, and free-flowing electrons are natural outcomes of fire. Works are a natural outcome of faith." With that in mind, an obvious question must be asked:

How do we ignite the faith to have good works?

To answer this question, I want to look at the ways we need to start a fire. One of the most favorite of young people (including me) is to take a pure form of some flammable substance (lighter fluid, alcohol, gasoline, propane, etc...) and bringing a spark to it. Then, everything ignites, quickly (usually leading to the loss of eyebrows). I have mentioned the fuel. But now we need an ignition source. With a lighter, the source is flint and steel. The flint reacts and gives off heat and light; which, in turn, ignites the butane (or lighter fluid). If works are "light and heat," and it takes light and heat to ignite a flame, wouldn't stand to reason that works are necessary to ignite the flame of faith?

I promise you that this is the case. We cannot gain a testimony of any principle, unless we live it first. Hence, if we have hope, we ought to do works, and the flame will ignite. Thus, that points me to the last post. This was centered around the principle of repentance. "Repentance is becoming better than who you are now. It is the works we show that we truly have faith in Jesus Christ, and His Atonement for us. This is a process of change." This is the work we must do to start/grow our faith. Once fire is ignited, it can be used to ignite more flames. Hence why Christ called you "The Light of the World." My invitation is simple, to ignite the fuel of faith. If yours is already ignited, don't underestimate the heat of your flame in starting another fire. Now, I close with the words of Elder Quintin L. Cook, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF YOUR FAITH."  

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