"To exercise faith is to trust that the Lord knows what He is doing with you and that He can accomplish it for your eternal good even though you cannot understand how He can possibly do it. We are like infants in our understanding of eternal matters and their impact on us here in mortality. Yet at times we act as if we knew it all. When you pass through trials for His purposes, as you trust Him, exercise faith in Him, He will help you. That support will generally come step by step, a portion at a time. While you are passing through each phase, the pain and difficulty that comes from being enlarged will continue. If all matters were immediately resolved at your first petition, you could not grow. Your Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or for that of those you love."
Richard G. Scott, “Trust in the Lord,” Ensign, Nov 1995, 16
Faith is my middle name and I love it. It is a nice reminder to me of what is important. I have been thinking about faith often lately. How can I have more perfect faith? How will I know if I do? I love the quote above. Faith is not only believing that Heavenly Father exists and that Jesus really did suffer and die for each of us, it is knowing that our loving Heavenly Father knows us and sees us always. He is always aware of our heartaches and our joys, our weaknesses and our efforts to progress. The more I learn and grow in the gospel, the more I can see His hand in my life. I am planning a Family Home Evening lesson for 2 Mondays from now that is on accepting the will of the Lord and prayer. It may not seem connected, but it really is. They both have a lot to do with faith also. I will post my lesson on here to share the quotes and ideas I find.
Off topic---Thankfully, the Sunday after my last post, my Sunday School class went much better. I decided to do several activities (even though they often don't want to participate). First, I broke them up and had them build towers with Sabrina's blocks. I was afraid they'd think it was too juvenile, but they seemed to enjoy it. We talked about how important a good foundation is to build on, like Christ being our foundation. Then later as we read in Helaman about Nephi and Lehi being named for the prophets so they could always remember to be like them. I found the meanings for the names of the students in my class and printed them out. I gave them to each of them and asked them if they thought their name was appropriate. They all wanted to know what each other's names meant. I didn't know they'd enjoy that part so much. I have a few new things planned to introduce for next week, but I'll write about that another time...maybe once I see if it works or not.