It is more than belief. It is a principle of action and requires you to do something about your belief before you can have faith. The Lectures on Faith, Lecture Six, is a study on the topic. In the Book of Mormon context, faith involves Heavenly visitations.1 Faith begins in very small ways. Emotional, sympathetic feelings are the beginnings of this seed sprouting. After that, the mind begins to “get” or to “see” the truthfulness of the system. Faith covers a broad spectrum. It begins embryonic and weak but can develop into an unshakable faith in the truthfulness of a principle. Jacob describes this kind of faith, which results in actual power (Jacob 3:2). You can spend a lifetime as a “believer” without ever developing faith. Before belief can turn into faith, action is required. Without some action consistent with belief, a disciple cannot move along from mere belief to developing faith. It is action, obedience and living in conformity to God’s will that yields faith. The commandments give us a chance to develop faith. But faith is not the end. Though developing faith will save you, much more is offered if you are willing to receive it. There is another level above faith in this progression—it is when your faith transfers into knowledge. Knowledge is what one gets when they are “redeemed from the fall” as Christ explained to the Brother of Jared.2 The word faith is used when an angel has ministered to someone.3 See Moroni 7:7: Behold I say unto you it is by faith that the angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased woe be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is in vain.4 Belief does not become faith in the Book of Mormon until an angel has ministered to you. There are different definitions of faith, and in the Lectures on Faith Joseph Smith gives a different meaning. He defines faith as a principle of power through action, in which you put your beliefs into action and thereby acquire power, because Joseph related faith to having power.5

    1 Eighteen Verses, 312.

    2 The Second Comforter, 54 - 60.

    3 Passing the Heavenly Gift, 52.

    4 Passing the Heavenly Gift, 52n50.

    5 “1 Nephi 14:5,” July 6, 2010, comment to blog post.

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