Much of life is a tutorial in faith. Placed in mortality, veiled from the realities we knew in the presence of our Heavenly Father, we often struggle with infirmities, with unfulfilled longings, with uncertainties. We seek the fuller light of half-glimpsed truths or the divine touch that will heal broken bodies and broken hearts.
To all who so struggle, President Gordon B. Hinckley’s counsel offers hope and healing balm: “‘Be not faithless, but believing’ (John 20:27). Believing in what? Believing in God, our Eternal Father, as the Father of our spirits, as our leader, as our king. Believing in the Lord, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, our Savior, our Lord. Believing in the restored gospel, which has come to earth in a miraculous and marvelous manner. Cultivate in your hearts a living and vibrant testimony of the Restoration of the gospel. Believe in the Book of Mormon. Be not faithless in the knowledge that the priesthood of God has been restored to the earth. Believe in goodness. Believe in yourselves. Believe that each of you is a child of God with a divine birthright” (meeting, Cape Town, South Africa, 20 February 1998).
In the following accounts, members share the blessings and hope they have received as they have worked to “be … believing.”