Thursday, December 13, 2012

Doctrine and Covenants 109:7

"And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning by study and also by faith."
Doctrine and Covenants 109:7

I like how this verse starts.  It makes me think.  If everyone had faith, would we need to teach each other, or need to study?  Because we don't all have faith, we definitely need these things, but it is interesting to think about not needing them. :)  This verse seems to be very clear that learning can be accomplished in at least two ways... by study, which we are pretty familiar with, and also by faith.  And perhaps we are familiar with this as well, but don't think about it in exactly this way.  When we trust God, and take what he says as a given, and then build upon that, that's at least partly faith.  When we pray, and learn things that way, that is also faith.  It might not be walking on water or moving mountain faith... but it's some of the first steps on the way. :)  I think studying the scriptures and learning from them is probably both.  We have to have faith that what we are reading is true... and actually what God wants us to do.  And then, we also have to study it and figure out how to fit it into our lives... or how to build our lives around it.  Today, let's work on learning by study and also by faith... and let's teach each other so we can all improve together.

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