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7 Things to Do When Your Faith Is Challenged

Sam Lund

Fragile faith is a challenge everyone faces. Here’s where to begin.

1. Start with what you know.

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What are the truths of the gospel that you know you believe? Think of experiences you’ve had that have helped you gain and support that knowledge. Lean on that truth that you have received so far, and build from there. As Elder Holland said, “Hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes” (“Lord, I Believe,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 94).

2. Determine the doctrine that your question is tied to.

Ultimately, the doubts you have relate to a specific doctrine or doctrines. Discover the doctrine that relates to your question by turning to the scriptures and the words of prophets. Once you have identified the doctrine that troubles you, you can gain more knowledge on that doctrine, which will ultimately give your question a better answer.

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3. Look at the big picture.

Take a step back and try to look at the circumstances surrounding the issue you’re struggling with. Try to see the question with the perspective of God’s eternal plan of happiness.

“Why would anyone walk through life satisfied with the light from the candle of their own understanding when, by reaching out to our Heavenly Father, they could experience the bright sun of spiritual knowledge that would expand their minds with wisdom and fill their souls with joy?” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 78).

4. Talk with a parent or leader you trust.

Bring any questions or doubts to a person who will listen to you and help you find answers. They may have insights into the doctrine that is troubling or give you a good place to start to look for answers.

“Prayerfully select mentors who have your spiritual well-being at heart. Be careful about taking advice from your peers. If you want more than you now have, reach up, not across!” (Robert D. Hales, “Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 46).

5. Invite the Spirit and be openhearted.

You can do this by preparing yourself spiritually with scripture study, prayer, and meditation. In this state of meditating and thinking deeply on sacred things, the Spirit has easy access to whisper to our minds and hearts the “truth of all things” (see Moroni 10:5).

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6. Ask with humility and willingness to accept and act.

The Spirit will bring you an answer; the important part is what you do with it afterward. If you’ve been prompted to change something, do so. If you’ve been told to speak out in defense of your beliefs, take the plunge!

7. Be willing to wait.

Some answers come with time and a lot of work. Be patient with yourself, and trust in God’s timing.

“Your answer will come, and you will feel the love and peace of the Savior. It may not come as quickly or in the format you desire, but the answer will come. Do not give up! Never give up!” (James B. Martino, “Turn to Him and Answers Will Come,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 59).

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