As we strive to have faith through trials, obedience can help our faith grow stronger.
Recently, I have had challenges with infertility and other health problems that have made it a little harder to continue with faith and to continue with the belief that everything will work out. It’s been challenging to practice patience and humility to rely on the Lord.
Our church leaders have given us direction for increasing our faith in challenging circumstances. In his address titled “Obedience through Our Faithfulness,” Elder L. Tom Perry says that “obedience is an emblem of our faith in the wisdom and power of the highest authority, even God.” We can exercise obedience as an emblem of our faith in the Lord.
Elder Perry continues by saying that “those who rely solely on themselves and follow only their own desires and self-inclinations are so limited when compared to those who follow God and tap into His insight, power, and gifts.” This statement is especially true when figuring out what path to take in life. We can seek to determine and follow God’s desires and gain his help along our life paths.
As I’ve been thinking about what I can do based on these truths, I’ve concluded that I need to choose to continue to follow the Lord, even when— especially when—I can’t see my own way. “Obedience is a choice,” Elder Perry says. “It is a choice between our own limited knowledge and power and God’s unlimited wisdom and omnipotence.”
Although I don’t know how my health challenges will be resolved, I know that as I choose obedience even during trials and uncertainty, the Lord will grant me the faith to continue on.
Read more of Elder L. Tom Perry’s talk “Obedience through Our Faithfulness” to discover just how obedience can bless your life, personally.
—Megan Boswell, Latter-day Saint Insights
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