“Faith is a real power. Not an expression of belief.”

art by Lacey Zubia Christenson

“Faith is a real power. Not an expression of belief.”

I remember going to seminary one day and the teacher calling me to the front of the room. She asked me to look through a magnifying glass and find and read the tiny word on the page.

I scanned the whole page, but couldn’t find anything. I finally gave up. The teacher then told me there was no word on that page to magnify. 

Then, she gave me another paper. I found the word “faith” written in small font on this paper. When I magnified it, the “faith” became bigger.

The teacher went on to explain that the magnifying glass is like a miracle. If you don’t have faith, there is nothing to be magnified.

But if you have even the smallest bit of faith, the miracle will magnify that faith.

God says in D&C 63, “And he that seeketh signs shall see signs, but not unto salvation.

“[…]Behold, faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe.

“Yea, signs come by faith, not by the will of men, nor as they please, but by the will of God.”

Faith precedes the miracle. 

But more than that, faith reveals the miracles that surround each of us.

Because “faith is a real power. Not an expression of belief.” Boyd K Packer

It is like an upward spiral. Faith precedes miracles. Then miracles precede greater acts of faith. Which precedes us being part of greater miracles.

Our God is a God of miracles.

And when we have faith written in our hearts, it will be magnified continually by those miracles, big and small, surrounding us.

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