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Quotes About Faith

As President Boyd K. Packer has taught:

"Faith, to be faith, must center around something that is not known. Faith, to be faith, must go beyond that for which there is confirming evidence. Faith, to be faith, must go into the unknown. Faith, to be faith, must walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness.

"If everything has to be known, if everything has to be explained, if everything has to be certified, then there is no need for faith. Indeed, there is no room for it." (Elder Boyd K. Packer, "What is Faith," Faith, Deseret Book Company, 1983, p. 42)

"According to Thy Faith" - David A. Bednar - Ricks College Devotional Aug. 29, 2000


"This story of faith is found in the third chapter of the book of Joshua. The Israelites came to the River Jordan and were promised that the waters would part, or "stand upon an heap" as described in verse 13, and that they would be able to cross over on dry ground.

Interestingly, the waters did not part as the children of Israel stood on the banks of the river and waited for something to happen; rather, the soles of their feet were wet before the water was parted.

The faith of the Israelites was manifested in the fact that they walked into the water before it parted. They walked into the River Jordan with a future-facing assurance of things hoped for. As the Israelites moved forward, the water parted; and as they crossed over on dry land, they also were able to look back and behold the evidence of things not seen."

"According to Thy Faith" - David A. Bednar - Ricks College Devotional Aug. 29, 2000


Faith: 
Makes the outlook calm, 
the uplook constant, 
the inlook accurate.

Faith: 
Makes yesterday a stepping stone, 
today a new beginning 
tomorrow a limitless possibility. 

--Anonymous


"All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all that I have not seen."

--Unknown --


"If one is devoid of hope and thanksgiving, he cannot for long remain sinless, for he will, in despair, have slackened his resolve.  Feelings of futility foster vulnerability. 

Self-pity is such a busy stagehand, rearranging the scenery to help sin make its entrance.  No wonder the prophets say that without faith in the Lord, there is no hope."

Neal A. Maxwell


"Repentance takes care of the past, faith the future, and the Holy Ghost helps us with today."

Elder Neal A. Maxwell   "Of One Heart,"  p. 30


"It is better to trust and sometimes be disappointed than to be forever mistrusting and be right occasionally."

Neal A. Maxwell   (Address, BYU, October 26, 1976)


"The easiest way to destroy a man's faith is to destroy his morality."

 Melvin J. Ballard,  CR 4/29:65


"Nothing but religious faith has been able to save men from despair."

Hugh B. Brown, CR 10/69:106


President Gordon B. Hinckley has said that "of all our needs, I think the greatest is an increase in faith."

Ensign, November 1987, 54


"Walk to the edge of the light, and perhaps a few steps into the darkness, and you will find that the light will appear and move ahead of you" (as quoted by Boyd K. Packer, regional representatives' seminar, 1 Apr. 1977).

Jack Goaslind, Gen. Conf.,  Sept.  30, 1995


"Undaunted faith can stop the mouths of lions, make ineffective the fiery flames, make dry corridors through beds of rivers and seas. Unwavering faith can protect against deluge, terminate droughts, heal the sick, and bring heavenly manifestations.

Indomitable faith can help us live the commandments and thereby bring blessings unnumbered with peace, perfection, and exaltation in the kingdom of God."

Spencer W. Kimball  (General Conference Report, October 1952, page 51)


"Faith is the realization that the Lord can help us with all things."

Loren C. Dunn (Ensign, May 1981, page 25-26, "Building Bridges to Faith")


Obedience Strengthens Faith

"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, p. 264


"He who loses money, loses much; 
He who loses a friend, loses more; 
He who loses faith, loses all."

 --- Author Unknown ---


"In relation to events that will yet take place, the kind of trials, troubles, and sufferings which we shall have to cope with, it is to me a matter of very little moment; these things are in the hands of God, he dictates the affairs of the human family, and directs and controls our affairs; and the great thing that we, as a people, have to do is to seek after and cleave unto our God, to be in close affinity with him, and to seek for his guidance, and his blessing and Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the right path.

Then it matters not what it is nor who it is that we have to contend with, God will give us strength according to our day."

John Taylor "Journal of Discourses", 18:282    


"Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up..."


"What a glorious thing faith is!  Faith!  All of us would like to know a lot of answers we do not know.  All of us shall some day.  But it was meant that men should live in part by faith. 

It is a glorious thing to have it, to meet the unanswered questions, to meet the fears of life, to carry us over all difficulties -- the glorious principle of faith, the first of the first principles of the gospel."

Richard L. Evans: "Conference Report",  April 1955,  p.113 - p.114


"Darkness cannot be taken into a lighted room any more than doubt can be created in a heart where faith exists."

Delbert L. Stapley (General Conference Report, April 1970, page 47)


"In all we do we must cultivate faith. Increased faith is the touchstone to improved church performance."

Gordon B. Hinckley  (Ensign, May 1984, page 99)


The Prophet Joseph Smith taught in the Lectures on Faith that it was necessary to have "an acquaintance" (that's his phrase) with the divine attributes of the Father and the Son in order to have faith in them.

Specifically he said that unless we believe Christ to be "merciful and gracious, slow to anger, long-suffering and full of goodness," that unless we can rely on these unchanging attributes, we would never have the faith necessary to claim the blessings of heaven.

If we could not count on "the excellency of . . . character" (that is also his phrase) maintained by the Savior and his willingness and ability to "forgive iniquity, transgression, and sin," we would be, he said, "in constant doubt of salvation."

But because the Father and the Son are unchangeably "full of goodness" then, in the words of the Prophet, such knowledge "does away [with] doubt, and makes faith exceedingly strong" (Lectures on Faith 3:19­20).

Jeffrey R. Holland - Fireside - "Come Unto Me" - March 2, 1997


"Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death."


"Faith precedes the miracle.  It has ever been so and shall ever be.  It was not raining when Noah was commanded to build an ark.  There was no visible ram in the thicket when Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac.  Two heavenly personages were not yet seen when Joseph knelt and prayed. First came the test of faith--and then the miracle.

"Remember that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.  Cast out doubt. Cultivate faith."

(Thomas S. Monson, "The Call to Serve," Ensign, Nov. 2000, 48-49)


"These three lines were lettered on the mantel in an English hotel at the time of Dunkirk:

Fear knocked at the door. 
Faith answered. 
No one was there.”

Spencer W. Kimball, “The Family Influence,” Ensign, July 1973, 15


"Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith."

Henry Ward Beecher


"Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking."

Kahlil Gibran


"Thus it is that our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father, so far as this mortal experience is concerned, consists not simply of faith and gladness that He exists, but is also a faith and trust that, if we are humble, He will tutor us, aiding our acquisition of needed attributes and experiences while we are in mortality.

We trust not only the Designer but also His design of life itself, including our portion thereof!" 

Neal A. Maxwell,  "We Will Prove Them Herewith,"  p. 12


"If you have faith enough to move a mountain; grab a shovel. If you have faith enough that the Lord can move a mountain; get out of the way!"

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