Understanding the Scriptures
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study 1 Kings 17.
Demonstrations of Faith
The miracle of raising a young man from the dead in 1 Kings 17:17–23 is one of the most rare and impressive miracles in the scriptures. Those types of events occur only when the faith of all involved is great and when the event is according to the Lord’s will. We demonstrate our faith when we obey what the Lord and His servants tell us because we believe what they tell us—even though we may not fully see or understand why we should or how certain actions will turn to our good. This principle was best expressed by Nephi in 1 Nephi 3:7.
Write about ways Elijah showed faith in the Lord.
Write about ways the widow showed faith in the Lord.
List ways the Lord cared for or blessed Elijah and the ways He cared for or blessed the widow.
Use the Principles
Consider the following modern situation: The Jones family were not members of the Church. They were very poor and often struggled to provide for their basic needs. When they were taught the gospel, they felt the Spirit and wanted to learn more and join the Church. Then the missionaries taught them about tithing, and they became discouraged because they felt they could not afford to pay it.
What gospel principles would you teach this family?
Think of a time you or someone you know had to rely on faith to obey a commandment, and write about it.