*When I first realized who was behind my torment and how hard it would be to show people the truth, I decided to pray. I had spent years believing that God did not care about me and would never answer my prayer, but He did and has never left my side. It started out only as a desire to believe.*
Alma 32:26-27 (#226)
What is something you “desire” to believe that maybe you don’t completely have faith in yet? Are you acting in accordance with that desire?
26 Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
Recognizing the Savior’s spiritual light begins with our willingness to believe. God requires that initially we at least desire to believe…
Alma’s call for us to desire to believe and to “give place” in our hearts for the Savior’s words reminds us that belief and faith require our personal choice and action. We must “awake and arouse [our] faculties.” We ask before it is given unto us; we seek before we find; we knock before it is opened unto us. We are then given this promise: “For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”
Elder L. Whitney Clayton