Yesterday Anne-Marie and I were talking about the safety the gospel brings when you live by its precepts, and I realised that all the unanswered questions don’t really matter. In fact, there is probably a very good reason why everything hasn’t yet been revealed: so that we don’t get distracted from the simple things: keeping the commandments! Therein is safety, physically and spiritually.
Faith is exercised when you apply the little spiritual knowledge you have, trusting in the wisdom of Him who gave that knowledge. It is applied when you keep the commandments despite having many burning questions to which you find no answer, and that seem very important to you at the time. Sometimes we are fooled by thinking that, when we know everything, we will be ready to live a perfect, godly life. But that is not faith, and it would not result in personal growth. Divine knowledge comes by study AND application, in an iterative, slow process. Personal growth and happiness comes from regularly putting God’s promises to the test, stepping into the darkness, trusting that His hand is there to grab hold of you and pull you through to the other side, and that the other side is as good as what He promised us it would be.
Faith is not only looking forward with hope and trust, it is also looking back in our life with gratitude and insight, acknowledging that some blessings came as a result of the exercise of our faith. That is partly why the ordinance of the sacrament was instituted, so that we may remember what the Saviour has done for us, not just during His mortal ministry, but throughout our own life as well. Hence the crucial important to keep a journal, that we may be able to refer to later, remembering the times that we acted on faith, and the multitude of blessings that came as a result.