As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we often speak to about truth.
“I know this church is true.”
“I know that Jesus is the Christ.”
I am going to tell you something that may have you questioning me, but it is truth.
Unless you have seen God or Jesus Christ, all of these things that we believe to be true in the Church are merely beliefs. These are neutral statements and are not true or false until we decide they are true or false in our minds.
We never saw Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove.
But if you believe that he restored the Church of Christ to the earth, then you believe what you have read and heard is true.
When you hear the statement, “Joseph Smith helped restore the gospel to the earth” that is a neutral statement. Do you believe or don’t you believe? This is where the practice of faith becomes very important.
I have always believed the church is true. No doubts.
I also always believed that I was a faith filled person.
Until I learned that all of my beliefs are optional. If it isn’t an undeniable fact that Joseph saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the grove, then I get to choose whether or not I wanted to believe.
I actually never thought of this a choice.
Because I believe that we get to choose what we accept as truth, I choose to only believe in things that make me a better person. I choose to only believe things I think help me become the best possible version of me, Heather Rackham.
I was faced with a question. Do I really want to believe?
Does this belief serve me well?
Though I have always thought I had a lot of faith, I have come to realize over the past couple of years, that I have not had faith. I just thought I knew.
Knowledge is not faith.
But asking questions and realizing that I actually get to choose has taught me what it really means to have faith.
If I can’t ever really prove these religious occurrences happened, I am going to have to first choose to believe and second, move forward having faith.
For the first time in my life I can honestly say that I have faith in Jesus Christ. I am activily choosing to believe. Why? Because belief in Christ and in his ordincances and covenants are helping me to be someone that I love..
In the process, I am learning to love like Christ and I treasure how that love feels. I want to feel that love forever and ever. I believe that through his grace and mercy and the covenants I make here on the earth, I can experience those Christ like feelings of love for eternity.