The following quote was shared in our Sunday School lesson this week:
“Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness. It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater the measure of obedience to God’s laws the greater will be the endowment of faith” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. , 264).
I've always loved that quote, but the teacher didn't give the reference, and I've learned (from teaching seminary!) that sources are important. This morning I found it quoted in this talk by Elder Pearson. It's a great talk and I wanted to remember it as well, so that's why I'm writing this post! I loved the whole talk, and particularly appreciated his summary:
"These Six Destructive Ds—doubt, discouragement, distraction, lack of diligence, disobedience, and disbelief—all erode and destroy our faith. We can choose to avoid and overcome them."
I'm continually reminding myself that fear and faith can't co-exist. And discouragement and distraction have been a temptation lately. I appreciate the words of the prophets that help strengthen my resolve to focus on faith and not doubt. We can do it!