Hope & Charity


Facts of Faith

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It is the first principle of the gospel God created all things by faith Without faith it is impossible to please God We need to seek learning and study by faith Without faith you can do nothing The opposite of faith is fear

 4. Strong faith is developed through obedience and righteousness. Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith.4 Key Concepts of Faith  1.  2. Faith is a principle of action and power.  3. . but are true. Faith is a hope (a desire) for things which aren‘t seen.

We must know how to Exercise and Learn by Faith:  Exercising our faith is the process. .  Learning by faith is the result.

EXTERNAL: The ‗Kindling‘ (Or the Hearing of the Word)    We must hear statements of truth or doctrine. watching conference.Exercising Faith: The Process  2 Preconditions to the Process:  1. a testimony meeting or reading scripture)  2. we must use our agency to allow it to be carried into our hearts. (it must require ‘faith’) Example: reading the ensign.  (read 2 Nephi 33:1)  We can even pray for the Lord to help us soften our hearts or accept what we have heard. followed by promises that come from the corresponding doctrine These promises must be true. and cannot be seen or proven by natural means. INTERNAL: The Softening (Or opening of our Heart) The spirit can only carry it unto our hearts.  (1 Nephi 2:16)  . Nephi asked the Lord to soften his heart.

confirmation or a testimony.  Faith initiates action!---―Whenever we act or do something. God says.The Steps of Faith  1. not based on waiting for proof but your hope that something is true then god will confirm it to you.  ―If you will act. This is our witness to God that we want his help or confirmation. Action  We have to DO something about it. act on your hope that it is true. and then I will believe.  . or be baptized.‖– Elder Lund  Missionaries ask: will you pray about this. or the truth we’ve been taught and trust the promise that came from the doctrine we have been taught. [it] witnesses to God that we want to be taught. that we want his promises and then he extends his power on our behalf. evidence."President Uchtdorf  2. come to church.  "Hope is not a knowledge but the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill his promises. and then I will confirm that it is.‖– Elder Lund  3. read this. to help people act on their growing faith. Trust We need to have a hope or desire in the word that we have heard. Witness  God then gives us a witness: also known as proof. The world says show me or prove to me that this is true.

(The promise) The missionary just made a promise to the man after preaching a truth. and he is kinder to his children. then wants logic. that his home is filled with more love and less contention. I'll join your church. A cute family plays in the park. Missionaries testified of truth and promised happiness. The man notices as he tests out this truth. . The Truth: Missionaries testify to the father that they can be together forever in joy. Man says "I hope that it is true…" "and if you can prove it. WITNESS 2. Next father needs to use his agency and open his heart---allowing the spirit to enter in and testify. The missionary‘s companion testifies that God has answered their prayer and has given her a witness before that the Book of Mormon is true.Missionary Example of the Formula (Tell story) Preconditions: 1. This is his answer." Missionaries cannot prove it to him because faith is in things which cannot be seen or logically proven. ACTION 1. Man at first opens his heart. reassuring the man that the Lord will answer his prayer too. 3. TRUST (A hope or desire) Missionaries ask him to just test it out and ask in faith if it is true. The man will not allow the spirit to enter into his heart. He has nothing to lose. 2.

Hear the word. astray and that we will be happier (Story ―now we know that it was the wrong and make a better decision than if direction‖) we did not faithfully ask. especially if it is opposite of what we want. ACTION our faith. WITNESS The witness or confirmation comes after we have had the ‗trial‘ of 2. according to his masterful timing gives us a sense of We move forward despite peace. The Lord. We open our hearts. we have made the best choice according to the The truth: Lord will Or it will feel wrong and knowledge. and that this is the best choice the Lord wants us to be happy we will be lead down a as far as we know. talking about making inspired decisions. knowing that (A hope or desire) we have made is correct. different path in the The promise: he will not lead us Lord‘s timing. Accepting whatever the will of God is. . We read D&C 8-9. positivity and the fear and anxiety that 1. we will no longer have the what we have pondered and we have a hope that desire to go forward. TRUST comfort that the decision we have.An Example of Faithfully Making Decisions with the Faith Formula Preconditions: 1. facts and not let us make a wrong choice. 3. and grow and develop. 2.

a perfect brightness of hope in the truth of his doctrine. and act on what we have been promised. undimmed by fear or doubt. relief. joy. or confidence. The witness will come. and not Step 3: Witness?   We must ask based on our trust in the Lord. or through a feeling of peace. . usually in a confirmation that what we have done works.The Result: What is Learning by Faith then?  It is by the trial of our faith that we learn.  Our witness comes after the test of our faith:  Are you willing to act based on  Step 1: Trust.

Scripture References  1 Nephi 3:7  Ephesians 2:8  1 Nephi 7:12  2 Nephi 1:10  Alma 18:35  Luke 7:50  Luke 9:29  Hebrews 10:22  Ether 12:30  Moroni 3:3  Moroni 7:26  Hebrews 11:17  James 1:6  James 2:20-22  Moroni 7:33  Moroni 10:23 .

Hope .

6. 2. 5. 4. unwavering. It is a commandment. but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill his promise to us. Hope is the confident expectation of and longing for promised blessings of righteousness. It is the foundation of our faith. 3. Hope is a gift of the spirit. Hope is not knowledge.What is hope? 1. 7. and active. . Hope is: sure. It is a perfect brightness.

It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. we will receive the promised blessings. pollutes the soul and deadens the heart. advances sickness. 12. enthusiasm and patient perseverance. 9. . or that which kills ambition. Without hope we cannot enter the Kingdom of God. The things we hope in sustain us through our trials temptations and sorrows.Continued… 8. It is manifest in confidence. It is confidence that if we live according to God‘s laws and the words of His prophets. 10. 13. even peace in this world and the world to come. The opposite of hope is despair. optimism. 11.

Obedience • • • As we strive to live the gospel. we grow in our ability to ―abound in hope. As we study the scriptures. and to pay a full tithing. commit to keep the commandments of God. through the power of the Holy Ghost‖ (Romans 15:13). 28 We grow in our ability to ―abound in hope.  There may be times when we must make a courageous decision to hope even when everything around us contradicts this hope  PRACTICE: Each time a hope is fulfilled. We learn to cultivate hope the same way we learn to walk.‖ 29 as we more perfectly live the gospel.Hope: How do we get more? 1. through the power of the Holy Ghost. we attain hope. like the Word of Wisdom. it creates confidence and leads to greater hope. . speak with our Heavenly Father daily. one step at a time.

then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest‖ (Alma 22:16) 3. a missionary named Aaron assured a Lamanite king. .  We also gain hope as we study the scriptures and follow their teachings The Apostle Paul taught that the scriptures were written to the end that we ―might have hope‖ 4. In the Book of Mormon.Continued… 2.   With hope. and call on his name in faith.  We increase in hope as we pray and seek God's forgiveness. . believing that ye shall receive. We can ―have patience. and bear with . . therefore we must also choose to hope. and to be happy. ―If thou wilt repent of all thy sins. we can find joy in life. with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions‖ (Alma 34:41) Hope has the power to fill our lives with happiness. afflictions. and will bow down before God.

and this because of your faith in him according to the promise. to be raised unto life eternal. in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.What can we hope in?  ―And what is it that ye shall hope for?‖        Mormon gave the saints this answer: ―Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection. In times of distress. and His power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges and gives strength to those who feel threatened by enclosing walls of fear. We hope in Jesus the Christ.  . His goodness. in the knowledge that prayers are heard and answered Because God has been faithful and kept His promises in the past. in the goodness of God. we can hold tightly to the hope that things will ―work together for [our] good‖ 27 as we follow the counsel of God‘s prophets. doubt. This type of hope in God. we can hope with confidence that God will keep His promises to us in the present and in the future. and despair.

Scripture References  2 Nephi 31:20  Jacob 4:6  Alma 22:16  Moroni 8:26  Articles of Faith #13  Psalms 38:15  1 Corinthians 15:19  Colossians 1:23  1 Thessalonians 5:8 .

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Charity .

6. 5. It grows and builds gradually as our faith in Christ grows. It is the greatest of all the gifts of God. Charity is a gift. noblest and strongest kind of love. 3. 2. It is the most joyous thing to the soul. or something bestowed upon us. the highest. It comes through our faith and hope in Christ. The opposite of Charity is selfishness and the natural man. 4.What is Charity? 1. .

2.What are the Prerequisites? We must be able to see ourselves as God sees us. . We must see others as God sees them. 1.

‖ Or. ―She works outside the home. Charity is expecting the best of each other.   We choose the ‗good part‘  Do we judge one another? Do we criticize each other for individual choices. my legs are fatter. her children are more talented. rob us of the good part. when in fact we rarely understand another‘s unique circumstance or individual inspiration? Have we ever said. not what they aren‘t.  Elder Marvin J. weaknesses. .‖ 14 ―Her hair is cuter. that pure love of Christ. having patience with someone who has let us down. when we don‘t judge or categorize someone else. and shortcomings. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another‘s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us.‖ We just can‘t do that. Choosing the best part)  We focus on who people are.‖ Or. you know the drill. ―She can‘t—she‘s single. Charity is accepting someone‘s differences. or her garden‘s more productive—sisters. ―She‘s too old for a calling. when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. thinking we know better. ―Her son didn‘t serve a mission. and so many others like them.‖ Or.How?  It is when we expect the best of each other. Ashton beautifully observed: ―Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other.‖ Such judgments. We cannot allow ourselves to feel inadequate by focusing on who we aren’t instead of on who we are! (Sister Bonnie D Parkin. RS General President. or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn‘t handle something the way we might have hoped.

it is an internal condition that must be developed and experienced in order to be understood. But charity takes us beyond our comfort zone.  People with Charity learn to love themselves more  (they see themselves and others as God sees them) and are more kind. long suffering. Rather. we may worry about being hurt or slighted. Our concern flows toward them regardless of their feelings for us. humble. . it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself. and we relate to others in a new way  Christ like love helps us overcome our natural fear or insecurity of others. all of our natural human tendencies are transformed. It reaches across the divide of difference.  We may fear difference. But Christ like love is a love beyond fear.What does Charity look like?  When we possess charity. patience.  Those with charity seem to forgive others in advance  They learn to help others feel their love. It is in our nature to serve our own interests or the interests of those closest to us. meek and loving. gentle. Suddenly we are less worried about whether others will approve of us.  Real charity is not something you give away.

(we can‘t just do charitable things. These attributes are not simply a to-do list. they are a description of the way we will be if we are fully in possession of this gift. 4. we must become someone with charity.What can we do to possess it? 1. REMEMBER: Am I long-suffering? Am I kind? Am I humble? Do I think of others first? Do I hold my temper? We need to remember that charity is a gift. before we can receive it perfectly. Pray with all energy of heart for it Choose to see the best part in people ACTION: Convey His love to others  (Ye are my hands…)  As with faith and hope. We have to ACT and do our best before we can master the divine attribute.   Recognize the Father‘s love: (Why not learn from those who know it and are it the best?) It is part of the gift of charity to be able to recognize the Lord‘s hand and feel His love in all that surrounds us. It is a process. we must first try it. 2. . 3.

Scripture References  Alma 7:24  Alma 13:29  Ether 12:18  Moroni 7:43-48  Matthew 5:43-44  1 Corinthians 8:1  1 Corinthians 13:4  Luke 6:35  Luke 10:34 .

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and procrastination erode faith. and charity complement each other. Hope centers in the Atonement. 1997. hope. there is no hope. while the things we hope in lead us  to charity. ―– President Uchtdorf  Faith.‖ 34  Hope is critical to both faith and charity. 33 In like manner faith comes of hope. Together they become our tether to the celestial kingdom‖ (―A More Excellent Hope. 61). . the others grow as well. and as one increases. hope. the purer our charity. Feb. hope braces our resolve and urges us to care for our fellowmen even without expectation of reward. Hope comes of faith. grounded on the truth and light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Nelson has taught that ―faith is rooted in Jesus Christ. The stronger our hope. and charity 35 —working together. They need each other to grow and be strengthened. When frustration and impatience challenge charity. hope is there to uphold our faith. lead us to abound in good works. Charity is manifest in the ‗pure love of Christ. disappointment. The brighter our hope. Hope and Charity  ―Faith.‖ Ensign. The three qualities—faith.‘ These three attributes are intertwined like strands in a cable and may not always be precisely distinguished. 32 for without faith. Hope and Charity are a three legged stool.  When disobedience.  The things we hope for lead us to faith. for faith is ―the substance of things hoped for. 36 Elder Russell M. the greater our faith.Combined: Faith.

Scripture References  Alma 13:29  D&C 4:5  D&C 18:19  1 Corinthians 13:13 .

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