What does “Faith in Christ” mean?

These are my grandfather’s scriptures from his mission in the 1940’s.

 

The day after our adoption plan ended, my parents called me as I was driving home from returning all the baby stuff.

I had been fine all day. No tears. No freak outs.

I was fine, that is, until my mom said to me, “Linds, your dad and I admire your faith.”

Tears streamed down my face as I managed to choke out, “Faith in what?” Because, let me tell you, I wasn’t feeling full of faith. I wasn’t feeling particularly hopeful. In fact, I wasn’t doing a lot of feeling at all.

Their answer on the phone was simple: Faith in your Savior. I appreciated what they said and it brought the familiar warmth of the Spirit, but I didn’t really understand it or even believe it.

Several weeks later, my dad and I got into an email conversation about the whole situation and I asked him to expound on what in the world he meant by “faith.” I wasn’t feeling it.

Your faith in the Savior is great.  You believe what He says—that you will be blessed by keeping your covenants.  Just like Alma taught, you take a seed, plant it, nourish it and when it bears fruit you recognize the source and savor it.  Just consider and reflect on how you have approached infertility and adoption and the formation of your family.  You have found a way to fulfill the commandment to multiply and be fruitful—which you certainly are doing.  Just like Nephi you have said “I will go and do.”  He had to make several attempts before he was successful in his mission and purpose.  This is great faith.   

It was eye opening to think of people in The Book of Mormon who undoubtedly had great faith, but also took the time to document their failures and weaknesses. There is something so encouraging in equating faith with the ability to get up, brush yourself off and try again no matter how beat up you have become on the journey–knowing that the Savior will “consecrate your afflictions for your gain.” That is faith in Christ.

A couple days later, I was talking to my mom about how I was surprised that I wasn’t angered at everything that had happened. She told me straight up, “That is the power and gift of the Atonement.” The Savior, in all His power, offered to take the anger and I let Him. I never felt it. I still don’t. It boggles my mind and humbles me.

Right after the whole thing fell apart, I got an email from my youngest brother who is serving a mission for our church in Portugal.

Linds,

Mom and Dad told me about the news. It was sad to find out and I’m sure you guys are pretty bummed but I know you guys have faith in Christ and will be fine. In Alma 7:11-12 it says: 

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

I know its kind of typical for your younger brother on the mish to pull out a scripture but hey, that’s part of my calling, right?! I hope this helps you. I like how He says He suffered everything so that He would know how to succor us, or help us in these rough moments. I love you, Linds and I know it’s tough but you’ll get through it as long as you put your faith in Christ and let Him heal you.

Love, James

Allowing the power of the Atonement to come into your heart and take away your pain/anger is faith in Christ. Recognizing and trusting that the pain He suffered in Gethsemane makes Him the expert on how to help you is faith in Christ.

And I have great faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Three final thoughts:

  1. Don’t I have a fantastic family? So supportive! So understanding. So perfect for me. I recognize that my family is a gift from my Heavenly Father. Love them.
  2. If you are surrounded by a lot of yuck and wonder if you have faith in Christ, the fact that you get up and keep trying is evidence that you do. If you believe in brighter days ahead, you have faith in Christ. Give yourself some credit.
  3. I almost didn’t write this post because, for some reason, I felt like it was braggy to tell the world that I had great faith in Christ. Well, guess what world? I believe in Jesus. I believe in Him and I believe Him. I have great faith in my Savior. I know He has the power to heal and the power to make an ugly thing beautiful, to give “beauty for ashes.” He saves me from myself everyday.

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for sharing this. We recently had a situation fall through and your posts about your journey have helped me more than you know!

    • Lindsey says

      Trine, I am so sorry to hear about your heartache! Here’s to brighter days ahead!

  2. says

    Lindsey, you really do have an amazing family. Brothers on missions always seem to know what to say.

    And your parents. Wow. I love them!

    Thanks for sharing this — being brave enough to keep going in a direction that is scary, but right, is faith. I’d never really thought of it that way.

  3. Jill Kirk says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I’m so glad you wrote this post. It’s beautiful. It’s truth. Thank you for sharing. I’ve been struggling with some things and am turned always to the atonement to help me through life. It is the cure all, and having that Faith in Christ is the answer. May we all strengthen our faith. It is a healing balm. You are amazing!! I can’t tell you how many times your words have strengthened me. Thank you sista!

  4. Paul Vogelzang says

    Wow! What a wonderful story and testimony. I loved reading this…it helps my own faith, Thanks, Linds.

  5. says

    Thank you so much for that post. My wife and I had a failed placement that happened this past Tuesday. (3/6/12) Your post has helped a ton with the crazy time of life that we are going through. Having faith in Christ and knowing that there is a plan certainly helps. Thank you for all that you do in the adoption community and on your blog. THANK YOU!

    • Lindsey says

      Oh, Kurt! I am so sorry! It’s hard to find your way after something like that. I am thinking of you.

      XO

  6. Brandon says

    “Well guess what world? I believe in Jesus.”. Haha loved that part. Great post!

  7. says

    I needed this post today. I cried right through it. I am going through different trials, but those scriptures your brother had the insight to share with you hit home for me, and I am grateful. I also am proud to share my faith in the Lord, with him all things are possible.

  8. Chantel says

    I just wanted to thank you as well for sharing this. We had a failed placement two weeks ago and I have felt amazingly peaceful through out it. I too am boggled that anger hasn’t taken over. Thanks for sharing, I really needed this!

  9. Rebecca D says

    I’m glad you posted this. What a great reminder of the atonement and our Savior! Thanks for the uplifting message and for making me cry so early in the morning:)

  10. says

    I love this post, Lindsey. Completely love it. Faith in our Savior and in the power of the Atonement makes life so much better. Thanks for sharing your thoughts+testimony.

  11. Sharylann says

    “If you are surrounded by a lot of yuck and wonder if you have faith in Christ, the fact that you get up and keep trying is evidence that you do. If you believe in brighter days ahead, you have faith in Christ. Give yourself some credit.”

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. says

    So it is posts like this that got me addicted to your blog 4 years ago. Thanks for being a messenger of truth in a really crazy world.

  13. Rachel Rosado says

    Lindsey,
    So many times I read your blog and I don’t know the right words to console your heart. When I’m working in healthcare I see people who have been dealt such physical afflications I feel guilty sometimes that I live a healthy life. But I know the Lord allows to us to experience all types of adversity not just physical.

    If takes great strength to have courage! Every February I think of you when we met in the MTC. Miss ya! R