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“Then you will not become tired and discouraged

We all received much spiritual nourishment in this general conference, so let us now think of the few who are not receiving enough spiritual nourishment and those who are weary and discouraged (see Hebrews 12: 3).

These few members have suffered some of their faith from difficult living conditions, illness, economic hardship, the loss of a loved one, or a deep disappointment caused by their spouse or friend. In adversity our faith can become stronger, but it can also be that a "bitter root" grows in us instead (see Hebrews 12:15). A few also allow themselves to be completely absorbed by the worries of the world, theirs exhaust-

the superficiality (see Matthew 13: 6–7). This is where Emerson's request fits: “Give me truths; I am tired of superficiality. "(" Blight ", The Complete Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, New York, 1929, p. 874). Valley of Choices "(Joel 3:14; see also 1 Kings 18:21). Still others cling to something other than Jesus, who is the firm and secure foundation, experience nothing but disappointment (see Helaman 5:12 ).

Whatever the reason, any inward weariness causes us to lose our spirituality and develop a foolish tendency to hold God responsible for everything (see Job 1:22).

We are told not to tire of doing what is good and have been taught what to do to avoid becoming tired (see Galatians 6: 9; 2 Thessalonians 3:13; Alma 37:34). We must keep trying, but not losing sight of reality or thinking we can reap before the time comes (see Galatians 6: 9). We must be "meek and humble in heart" (see Alma 37:34); this will prevent us from burdening ourselves with self-pity and hypocrisy. We must always pray that we will not lose heart with all that we do doing, benefits our souls, which involves much more than what we appear to be doing (see 2 Nephi 32: 5–9; D&C 75:11; 88: 126).

Even if we are chastened or rebuked, we must not lose heart, because chastisement is also a sign of love: “My son, do not despise the discipline of the Lord, do not despair when he rebukes you.

For whom the Lord loves, he chastises "(Hebrews 12: 5-8). Therefore, it is impossible for us to have great faith and not have problems with it.

President Wilford Woodruff taught that adversity shows the mercy of the Lord: “The chastisement we endure from time to time is only for our good. It helps us to learn wisdom and gives us experiences we could never have had otherwise "(Journal of Discourses, 2: 198).

So can we really think that we can go through life with the following attitude: “Lord, give me experience, but protect me from suffering, grief, pain, resistance and betrayal. See to it that I will never leave. Keep everything away from me that made you what you are today. And then let me come to you and live with you and share in your joy! "

Only when we serve, study, pray and worship God can we add to our faith "what is still lacking" (1 Thessalonians 3:10). we become vulnerable.

For example, if we do not study the scriptures, we are spiritually "malnourished." Inspired words are important to us because "if one works by faith, he works through ... words" (Lectures on Faith, 7: 3). In our world, where people are hardening their hearts more and more, the Lord can penetrate our consciousness with the sword of the Spirit, "that is the word of God." but nothing if it is not united with us through faith and service (see Hebrews 4: 2). This has been suggested to us again and again at this conference. whom he has not served and who is a stranger to him and who is distant from the thoughts and intentions of his heart? " (Mosiah 5: 13.) Even if we do not pray and worship God deeply, our faith may deteriorate and we may feel discouraged "in the day of distress" (see D&C 109: 38).

If we become weary, it is mostly due to the fact that we have so hard to bear on natural humans. Because the natural man is difficult, and he makes it difficult for us!

So it depends on our faith. The apostles asked the Lord: "Strengthen our faith" (Luke 17: 5.) And why, dear brothers and sisters? Because we must go our way "as believers", not "as seeing" (2 Corinthians 5: 7) Life is arranged in such a way that we must overcome by faith, not by keen intellect or wealth or political skill.

Still, those who long for the rewards of faith are often disappointed when they learn to study, serve, pray, and worship God. Like the leper Naaman, he may well expect something great that does not require obedience (see 2 Kings 5:13).

Faith enables us to be convinced of something that cannot be seen (see Hebrews 11: 1). Some people do not want to recognize such a spiritual proof, because “the earthly minded person does not get involved with what comes from the Spirit of God. It is folly for him, and he cannot understand it because it can only be judged by the spirit. "(1 Corinthians 2:14) But the narrow-mindedness of others must not prevent us from being driven by spiritual evidence.

Most often, circumstances cause a person to acquire faith, that they prepare him / her to "receive the word" (Alma 32: 6). The first step in this is to want to believe, and then to "become one." exercising a small portion of faith ”(Alma 32:27).

When we "give space" to the seeds of faith and plant them in our hearts, they grow rapidly. Faith "swells" in us, enlightens understanding, and strengthens us (see Alma 32: 28-30). We notice how this takes place in us and feel that our faith increases. It is better to deepen one's faith in ordinary ways than to hope for an extraordinary experience and then later stumble upon the ordinary difficulties of life.

But at this stage of the experiment one must be careful not to skip important steps: "For you will not receive a testimony until your faith has been tested" (Ether 12: 6).

It is impossible to quickly acquire faith: “But if you neglect the tree and do not worry about how to nourish it, see, then it will not get roots; and if the heat of the sun comes and scorches it, it will wither because it has no roots "(Alma 32:38).

There are so many ways to neglect one's faith, dear brothers and sisters, and so many times when one can feel the "heat of the sun".

But as one gains experience after experience, belief turns into certainty; gospel principles are known to be true (see Alma 32:34). So did Jared's brother: “He no longer had faith, for now he knew” (Ether 3:19). Brigham Young said: “Every principle that God has revealed bears testimony to himself that He true is." (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 149) And Jesus made this very clear: "Those who are willing to do the will of God will see whether that teaching is from God."

(John 7:17.) But Jesus also said that this could only be "line upon line, instruction upon instruction" (D&C 98:12).

Everyone is at a different point in terms of desire, attempt, affirmation, and certainty. “It is given to some by the Holy Spirit to know. ... It is given to others to believe what they say "(D&C 46: 13–14).

Faith is not perfect knowledge, but it gives us deep trust in God, and God's knowledge is perfect. Surely our limited experience would never allow us to make informed decisions. But when we search the scriptures, we find access to a wealth of experience, to an abundance of memories. In this way, the scriptures can enhance our memories as taught in the Book of Mormon (see Alma 37: 8).

There are several characteristics of perfect faith. Believing in God and in the Lord Jesus Christ means not only believing that they exist, but also that they can save us. The Lord said: "I will show the children of men that I can do my own work" (2 Nephi 27:21). He is very capable of doing so! Everything is summed up in him! And yet there is People who doubt that God's purposes will be fulfilled.

Faith also includes trusting that God knows the right time for everything. He himself said: "But everything must happen in good time" (D&C 64:32). Unfortunately, there are always people who do not think God's timing is correct - neither for themselves nor for the whole world.

Faith also means that God knows how to shape our character, for the Lord “considers it right to chasten his people; yes, he tests their patience and their faith. "(Mosiah 23:21) Even so, there are still members who find it difficult to accept this for themselves. We ask God to make an exception with us rather than us ask him to give us the opportunity to sanctify ourselves, am I not right, brothers and sisters?

But on the journey through life the following promise applies to us: "And if someone goes and preaches this gospel of the kingdom and does not cease to be faithful in everything, his mind will not grow tired, not even dark" (D&C 84:80.)

But what if we take all four major steps - serve, study, pray, and worship God - and still not receive the full blessings the Lord has promised?

First, check that you are really doing everything. All four steps are necessary, and you might neglect one of them.

Second, ask yourself: Do I really "have a desire to believe" (Alma 32:27)? Some people find it difficult being disciples of Christ; the world appeals to them much more. They do what is expected of them will, but with no real intent.

Third, do we think Christ will come to us - we shouldn't have to go to him? While it is true that he extends his arm "day to day" (see 2 Nephi 28:32; Mormon 6:17) and that he is not only available at certain hours, we must stand up and go to him ! (See Luke 15:18.)

Blessed are the meek because they are not easily offended, which is especially important. "My people must be tried in everything ... and whoever refuses to endure chastisement is not worthy of my kingdom" (D&C 136: 31).

When one has real faith, one uses all trials to advance. And it is precisely because of these trials that God cannot unconditionally fulfill all of our requests, dear brothers and sisters, for that would mean that we are only asking for something that is "right" and spiritually "advisable" (see 3 Nephi 18:20; D&C 18:18; 88: 64, 65). But that is impossible. Paul wrote that sometimes we do not know "what rightly to pray for" (Romans 8:26; see also D&C 46:30).

An example: Over time, our mistakes will likely become visible again and again, even if we don't like them. But how else are we supposed to realize what we are missing?

Spiritual advancement is not only there to refine the coarse, but also to further purify the fine. That is why Peter urged us not to be confused "by the embers of the fire" (see 1 Peter 4:12).

In order to survive this necessary but painful development, we need real faith. Let us show mercy to one another when each other's weaknesses are revealed. We don't criticize a hospital patient in the intensive care unit for looking pale and tired. Then why criticize those who are recovering from severe emotional wounds? We need

not to stare; the stitches will eventually go away. And we always have to remember that it is about people and not about the smooth process. We don't need to wait to understand a person's difficulties in detail; we can show them mercy beforehand! Our compassion may not be wanted and we may be rejected, but still, compassion is never wasted.

When we make ill-advised decisions, when our beliefs are weak, we want someone to help us quickly, without fuss and without causing us pain; at most, we want to be chastened with a few strokes (see 2 Nephi 28: 8). Dear brothers and sisters, how can we feel forgiveness if we do not first take responsibility for our sins? How can we learn from our experiences if we don't take them to heart?

When our faith is tested, we sometimes feel that God has forsaken us. In reality, however, we have moved away from him through our behavior. Most of the time we feel really abandoned by God when we feel the consequences of our mistakes and have started to let go of them, but have not yet turned completely to God.

The path of faith is most difficult when we need to repent. But by exercising "firm faith in repentance" (Alma 34:16), we can shed pride and ask for mercy from God. We just surrender and worry only about what God thinks of us, not what they People think of us.

When we have faith, we also support the Lord's anointed leaders, as we did at this conference. A faithful member has "sincere brotherly love" (see 1 Peter 1:22).

Together, if not perfectly, the brothers you sustained today are fulfilling the role the Lord has called them to do. What was true of Joseph Smith is true of her too. The following promise is still in force: The people of the Church "will never turn against them on the testimony of traitors" (see D&C 122: 3). The faithful know that what the Lord has said will come to pass. They know that the Lord's purposes will eventually be fulfilled because "there is nothing the Lord your God sets out to do in his heart that He does not do" (Abraham 3:17). Of this and of God's love I give joyful testimony in the holy name of Jesus Christ. Amen.