Teaching our Families to have Faith & Move Mountains

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I have been studying President Nelson’s April 2021 talk “Christ is Risen; Faith in Him will Move Mountains”. There are some treasures in here. Let me share a few that have stood out to me this week:

  1. President Nelson says multiple times that WE will be able to move our mountains. That no matter how small our faith may seem, we will be able to do it. That doesn’t mean Christ does it for us. We have faith in Him and use His power to move our mountains. I’ve been pondering this and have been impressed to remember that the goal of faith is to strengthen us. Not to make the mountains easier. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in just trying to make the mountain smaller or make it go away. But when we shift our perspective to align our goal with God’s–we will find that the goal is to strengthen us. Not to make everything around us smaller or nonexistent.

2. President Nelson also said “Lazy learners or lax disciples will always struggle to muster even a particle of faith.” I believe this is a truth and a fact. BUT I also believe there is an assumption we must remember in His statement–that we don’t have to stay a Lazy Learner. We have the power to be whatever we want to be! So what he is saying is that if you want to be lazy or lax, faith will always be difficult. But if you want to have faith, you want to work hard, you want to change and know God–then you will be able to do so.

3. How do we use this power to become something different? He lays out an easy set of suggestions to develop faith and trust:

  • Study
  • Believe
  • Act in faith
  • Partake of Ordinances
  • Ask Heavenly Father for Help

We discussed these 5 suggestions with our young kids today. They understood it so well and came up with great examples of how these 5 things could help them overcome mountains in their lives. I love how easy it was to see the impact of each of these suggestions.

For example, if a child has a homework assignment that is hard and overwhelming. Let’s apply President Nelson’s suggestions:
1. Study: If you don’t understand something, go learn it! Ask a teacher, a parent, a sibling, online resources, textbooks. Learn the material better if you are confused. Then try again and see what happens.
2. Believe: Do you believe you can accomplish this assignment? If you don’t, then you won’t be able to do it. Our minds are powerful. If you can muster even a little belief in yourself, it will go a long way! You won’t feel defeated. You’ll have motivation to keep trying. Practice saying to yourself “I can do this. I just haven’t figured it out yet.”
3. Act in faith: Keep trying! If you stop acting, it will never get done.
4. Partake of ordinances: President Nelson has promised that it is through ordinances that we unlock God’s power. It is through keeping our covenants every day that we will have access to His power and His spirit.
5. Ask for Help: Heavenly Father WANTS us to talk to Him about EVERYTHING! A child can learn to turn to Him for help with a hard homework assignment. And Heavenly Father will answer that prayer. It may be answered with peace, with greater understanding, with clarity or endurance, etc.

I’m excited to study, believe, act, partake, and ask more over the next 6 months. I am excited to see the faith-building experiences the Lord has in store for our family.

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