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Thursday, 2 January 2014

"Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole"

There are a few stories in the scriptures that have always interested me. One is in The Book of Enos, the other is in the testimony of Mark, in the New Testament. These two stories demonstrate how the atonement can heal us both physically and spiritually.

The first story is of a man named Enos. His father was a prophet of God, and he had heard his father teach about the saviour and redeemer. One day when Enos was out hunting he thought a lot about the things he had heard, and he needed to know for himself. He knelt down to pray and prayed until he got an answer. It took him all day, and all night, and then a voice came and said 'Enos, thy sins be forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed'. When Enos asked how it was done the answer he received was 'Because of thy faith in Christ... Thy faith hath made thee whole'.

The second story is in Mark 5. There is a woman who had a blood problem, and the physicians couldn't heal her. But she declared that if she could just touch the robes of Christ, then her infirmity would be removed. After she had touched his robe, she was healed. Christ turned to this woman and told her 'Thy faith hath made thee whole'.

The source of our healing, whether spiritual or physical, is centred in Jesus Christ. Faith is a confidence in our saviour. It is our belief that he can, and will save us from our pains, afflictions, infirmities, and even sin. These two people demonstrated their faith not by a mere belief, but by action. They did all they could to come closer to their saviour. Without him they could not have been healed, but through him their faith was enough to make them whole. And it can be just the same for us.

We make covenants, or promises, with our saviour to come closer to him. One of these covenants is baptism, and we renew that covenant every week as we partake of the sacrament, the symbols of Christ's sacrifice for us. As we remember and renew our covenants and recommit ourselves to remember our saviour and we continue our course to be like him in faith, we can be made whole.

I am so grateful to my saviour. Without his sacrifice I would be very lost. Because of him I can live with those I love most for eternity, and it is the greatest blessing in my life. I know that Christ my redeemer lives!

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