An Untroubled Faith | James E Faust YouTube

How can we have the kind of simple, pure, untroubled faith that moves mountains and brings peace? Build and nurture faith on a solid foundation.

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"A few weeks ago, Elder and Sister F. Arthur Kay and I arrived on the beautiful and exotic island of Tahiti. Our flight arrived at the Papeete airport at about four in the morning. We were met at the airport by a group of local Church leaders headed by our Regional Representative, Victor Cave. We quickly assembled our bags and headed for the hotel to get what rest we could before the day’s activities began.

Our route took us through the deserted, dimly lighted streets of Papeete. In the dark we saw the faint figure of a man crossing the street in front of Brother Cave’s car. He gave the man a lot of room and said to Brother and Sister Kay: “That man is Brother So-and-so. He is hurrying to get to the temple. The first session of the temple doesn’t begin until nine o’clock, but he wants to be there well in advance.”

“How far away does he live?” asked Brother Kay. The answer: “Two or three blocks.” Brother Cave indicated that the caretakers open the temple gates early, and this man comes in and watches the day begin within the sacred precincts of the beautiful temple in Papeete.

I marveled at the faith of this simple man who is willing to forgo his sleep and other activities in order to follow this ritual of meditation and contemplation. Some would no doubt say, “How foolish, how wasteful of time that could be spent sleeping or studying.” I choose to hope that in these programmed hours of meditation and contemplation this faithful little man is coming to know himself and his Creator.

Nurturing a Simple Faith

I should like to speak this evening of the need to nurture a simple, untroubled faith. I urge complete acceptance of the absolutes of our own faith. At the same time, I urge you not to be unduly concerned over the intricacies, the complexities, and any seeming contradictions that seem to trouble many of us. Sometimes we spend time satisfying our intellectual egos and look for all the answers before we accept any. Here at Brigham Young University we are in the pursuit of truth and knowledge. The nurturing of a simple untroubled faith does not limit us in the pursuit of growth and accomplishment. On the contrary, it may intensify and hasten our progress. This is so because our natural gifts and powers of achievement are increasingly enhanced by the endless growth of knowledge. In our belief, it is possible to be even the helper of the Father and of the Son, and to be under their personal tutelage.

Nephi explained that his brethren had become so wicked and insensitive to the Spirit that they became “past feeling” even though they had seen and heard an angel, and even though God had spoken to them in a still small voice (see 1 Nephi 17:45).

In contrast, this same prophet Nephi tells us that if we “feast upon the words of Christ . . . the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:3).

I have a dear friend with whom I grew up. Although bright and able, he was not a scholarly type. The press of family needs and concerns limited his educational opportunities. He did not graduate from high school. He acquired an old, beat-up truck and began hauling sand and gravel for a few of the contractors. The work was seasonal and not at all productive. The old truck would frequently break down and need repairs..."