We really are living in a time of great spiritual darkness and it can take a lot of faith and courage to stand strong in a time when our beliefs are being attacked and our values are being considered outdated at best and hateful at worst. It can be easy to start doubting what we know to be true when faced with such heavy amounts of opposition and hostility. However, we need not give into fear and discouragement. As Richard C. Edgely stated in the October 2010 General Conference:
“When our sacred doctrine and beliefs are challenged, this is our opportunity to become acquainted with God in a most private and intimate manner. This is our opportunity to choose….I wish to suggest a single choice—a choice of peace and protection and a choice that is appropriate for all. That choice is faith.”
Faith is not something that will just come to us but it is a decision. And when we are choosing to have faith, fear can have no place in us. Choosing to have faith invites the Spirit and he can testify to us the truths of the gospel. There are some things that we don’t yet know but that is okay. It doesn’t mean that the gospel isn’t true; it just means that we don’t have all knowledge revealed yet, but in time we will, according to the wisdom of God.
I would like to reaffirm what Elder Edgely exhorts: “So I say, choose faith. Choose faith over doubt, choose faith over fear, choose faith over the unknown and the unseen, and choose faith over pessimism.”
Submitted by Aimee Foster