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What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ?

In order for our faith to lead to salvation, it must be centered in the Lord Jesus Christ. To have faith in Jesus Christ means to trust Him and obey His commandments. Faith is much more than passive belief. We express our faith through action—by the way we live.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you study the scriptures and other resources to learn about faith, look for things that would help the young men strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11:4–9, 17–29; Ether 12:11–22 (Examples of people who showed faith)

James 1:5–6; 2:14–20 (Faith is belief and action)

Alma 32:21, 26–43 (Faith is hope for things that are true but not seen)

Moroni 7:33–41 (Miracles are wrought by faith)

Quentin L. Cook, “Foundations of Faith,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 127–31

Bonnie H. Cordon, “Trust in the Lord and Lean Not,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 6–9

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Fourth Floor, Last Door,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 15–18

Neil L. Andersen, “Faith Is Not by Chance, but by Choice,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 65–68

Faith,” True to the Faith, 54–56

Videos: “Pure and Simple Faith,” “Follow Him—An Easter Message about Jesus Christ”

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to review the doctrine from last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask each young man to spend about 30 seconds writing down as many things as he can remember from last week’s lesson. Invite the young men to share their lists. How can you use their lists to introduce the topic of faith?
  • Draw a simple rowboat, and label it “Faith.” Add an oar labeled “Belief” and another labeled “Action.” Ask the quorum what would happen to this boat if it had only one oar. What will happen to our faith if we do not act on what we believe? Use the scriptures or True to the Faith (pages 54–56) to help quorum members understand what faith is and how this drawing relates to faith.

Learn together

Each of the following activities will help the quorum members understand what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite the young men to read Alma 32:21 and Helaman 5:12. Ask a few of them to summarize in their own words what they learn about faith from these scriptures. Invite the young men to find examples of people who had strong foundations of faith in Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk “Foundations of Faith” or Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk “Faith Is Not by Chance, but by Choice.” Ask them to share what they find. What can they do to build a strong foundation of faith?
  • Invite two young men to come to the front of the class. Ask one young man to try standing in different ways (such as standing with his feet apart or leaning), and have the other young man give him a light push while he is in each different stance. What stances helped the young man remain unmoved? What stances made him lose his balance? Invite the young men to read Sister Bonnie H. Cordon’s talk “Trust in the Lord and Lean Not,” looking for her suggestions for how to develop greater trust in Jesus Christ and keep our faith centered on Him. Do the young men have any experiences they could share when they leaned on their own understanding and experienced the consequences? or when they trusted in the Savior and received the blessings?
  • Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about faith (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
  • Ask each young man to find a story from the scriptures in which someone acted on his or her belief in Jesus Christ (see, for example, Exodus 14:19–28; Matthew 8:5–13; Hebrews 11:4–9, 17–29; Ether 12:11–221 Nephi 4). Invite the young men to also write about an experience in which they or someone they know exercised faith in Jesus Christ. Ask each young man to share the story he found in the scriptures and the experience he wrote about. They could do this in small groups or as a quorum.
  • Write the following questions on the board: “What is faith? What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ? How do I live by faith? How do I increase my faith?” Invite quorum members to read President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Fourth Floor, Last Door,” looking for answers to these questions. Have them write their answers on the board and share additional things they learned with the quorum. As part of this discussion, you might ask, “What does it mean to continue in faith until we reach the ‘fourth floor, last door’ like the missionaries in the story?”
  • Invite the young men to read Matthew 17:20, and ask them what they think it means to move mountains with our faith. Share the following statement from Bishop Richard C. Edgley: “I have never witnessed the removal of an actual mountain. But because of faith I have seen a mountain of doubt and despair removed and replaced with hope and optimism. Because of faith I have personally witnessed a mountain of sin replaced with repentance and forgiveness. And because of faith I have personally witnessed a mountain of pain replaced with peace, hope, and gratitude. Yes, I have seen mountains removed” (“Faith—the Choice Is Yours,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 33). Show the video “Pure and Simple Faith,” and ask the young men to look for mountains that were removed through faith (or share an experience of your own). 

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share his feelings about what it means to have faith in Jesus Christ and what he plans to do to act on this faith.
  • Discuss with the quorum how their faith is manifest in their priesthood service.