January 1, 2022   Ali   Kwanzaa 0 Comment

Day Seven: Imani (ee-MAH-nee), faith. To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, & the righteousness & victory of our struggle.

Habari Gani? Imani

How I love the principle of Imani … faith. This word has come to mean so much more than simply “the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Faith is believing & having no proof of, but it’s so much more than that. For me, faith centers on our Savior, Jesus Christ. For that principle to truly take root in our hearts, I have learned it is a principle of action. To act in faith. To become faithful, to be present. We must exercise our faith.

Since the first time I learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ at the age of seven, I believed. I knew. My testimony has rarely wavered, but while having a testimony is important, I realized that I did everything simply because I knew I should. I attended seminary, institute, served a mission – all because it was the right thing to do & I felt it was the best choice for my life. Looking back, while I did have faith that led me through these experiences, I never truly nurtured my belief & faith which is what helps it to grow stronger & stay firm, instead, I think without fully understanding, I put myself in a position to become weak.

Earlier this year I made the decision to ask Heavenly Father to help me know what the next right step was to take, I hadn’t been to the temple a few years & I felt it was time to go back. My answer led me to the scriptures. I was referred to @dontmissthisstudy & I studied the Come Follow Me lessons. How fitting it was to be in the Doctrine & Covenants & going on the journey along with the early saints to the restoring of the gospel – restoring my faith.

Here I am a year later & I now cherish my time in the scriptures & the time I get to study & ponder. I have been back to the temple, I teach Primary, & I’m closer to my Heavenly Father & Savior than I have ever been. Even having experienced some major struggles & challenges, I am happier than I have ever been before. Faith can truly move mountains & strengthen hearts.


 


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