Seek Learning by Faith: by David A. Bednar - Coggle Diagram
Seek Learning by Faith: by David A. Bednar
Companion Principles: Preaching by the Spirit and Learning by Faith
D & C 50:14 - preach the truths
of the gospel by the power of the Spirit
D & C 88:118 - seek learning by faith
2 Nephi 33:1 -
“When a man speaketh by the power of the Holy
Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth [the message] unto the
hearts of the children of men”
The Principle of Action: Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
Teachings of Paul
(2) faith as the evidence of things not seen,
(3) faith as the principle of action in all intelligent beings.
(1) faith as the assurance of things
hoped for which are true
Hebrews 11:1 - “the substance of things hoped
for, [and] the evidence of things not seen” (
2 Nephi 31:20 - “press forward”
1 Nephi 4:6-7 -
—“not knowing beforehand the things which [he] should do. Nevertheless [he] went forth
Alma 32:21 - “hope for things which are not seen, [but] are true”
Ether 12:6 - trial of our faith
Elements of faith
James 2:26 - faith without works
is dead also”
James 1:22 - “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only”
Alma 32:27 - “But behold, . . . awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith”
Learning by Faith: To Act and Not to Be Acted Upon
Learning by faith and from experience (Plan of Happiness)
Genesis 3:9 - Where art thou?
2 Nephi 2:13-14 -there are things to
act and things to be acted upon
The Gift of Agency
1 Nephi 11:2 -“Behold, what desirest thou?”
3 Nephi 14:7 - be anxiously
engaged in asking, seeking, and knocking
A learner exercising agency.
Learning by faith requires spiritual, mental, and physical exertion and not just passive reception
Missionaries help investigators by keeping spiritual commitments, such as studying and praying about
the Book of Mormon, attending Church meetings, and keeping the commandments, require an investigator to exercise faith and to act
Mosiah 3:19 - put off the natural man.
Mosiah 5:2 - Change our hearts
Alma 23:6 - be converted unto the Lord and never fall away.
D&C 64:34 -“the heart and a willing mind”
James 1:5-6 - Joseph Smith's prayer.
Implications for Us as Teachers
Matthew 10:20 - “For it is
not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you”
Implication 2. We are most effective as instructors when we encourage
and facilitate learning by faith.
D&C 50:14 - Holy Ghost
Implication 1. The Holy Ghost is the only true teacher.
John 7:17 -“If any man will do his will, he shall know
of the doctrine, whether it be of God”
D&C 88:118 - We are to “seek learning, even by study
and also by faith”
Romans 2:21 - “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest
thou not thyself?”
Implication 3. An instructor’s faith is strengthened as he or she helps
others seek learning by faith.
Seek Learning by Faith: A Recent Example
Invitation to read (BOM) and to act
3 Nephi 12:6
Read the Book of Mormon (exercise agency)