- While there are many experiences like the one we are having today, full of spiritual power and confirmation, there are also days when we feel inadequate and unprepared, when doubt and confusion enter our spirits, when we have difficulty finding our spiritual footing. Part of our victory as disciples of Christ is what we do when these feelings come.
He goes on to say:
- Our spiritual journey is the process of a lifetime. We do not know everything in the beginning or even along the way. Our conversion comes step-by-step, line upon line. We first build a foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We treasure the principles and ordinances of repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We include a continuing commitment to prayer, a willingness to be obedient, and an ongoing witness of the Book of Mormon. (The Book of Mormon is powerful spiritual nourishment.)
- We then remain steady and patient as we progress through mortality. At times, the Lord’s answer will be, “You don’t know everything, but you know enough”—enough to keep the commandments and to do what is right. Remember Nephi’s words: “I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.”
Part of life is to have questions and doubts. Elder Andersen reminds us what he has said before, that faith is not only a feeling, it is a chioce. He need to choose to have faith in the things of God even when times are difficult. He says:
- Challenges, difficulties, questions, doubts—these are part of our mortality. But we are not alone. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us. Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time.
When my daughter was preparing for baptism at 8 years old, a couple Sunday's before we were sitting in sacrament meeting and she whispered in my ear, "Daddy, how do I know I am ready to be baptized?" I prayed for inspiration and the simple words came to my mind, you don't know everything, but you know enough. Just a year later, Elder Andersen would give this talk that confirmed those words given to me that day were from the Spirit. Because of this experience, I have a special love and respect for Elder Andersen. He truly is teaching us what the Lord wants us to know. My daughter didn't know everything about the church, but she knew enough to make those eternal covenants with her Heavenly Father. Now as she grows she relies on her parents, friends, and church leaders testimonies to help strengthen her own.