Increasing/Developing Faith

“Prayer is essential to developing faith. When the Lord comes again, will He find a people who know how to pray in faith and who are prepared to receive salvation? ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ We are children of a loving Heavenly Father, and we may enjoy personal communion with Him when we pray ‘with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ’ and then act in accordance with the answers we receive by the promptings of the Holy Ghost. In faith we pray, we listen, and we obey, that we might learn to become one with the Father and the Son.
Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” October 2016 General Conference


“When Relief Society functions in an inspired way, it lifts women up and out of a troubled world and into a way of living that prepares them for the blessings of eternal life. This society has at its very core the responsibility to help sisters increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help others who are in need.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour out My Spirit,” April 2010 General Conference


“Now, we know, as you do, that all petitions to the Lord and all fasts do not receive this same hoped-for answer. Our extended family also has faced the death of loved ones, serious illness, the trial of divorce, and children who are choosing another path. We do not always understand the reasons behind the tests that come with mortality. But our faith has grown, and perhaps yours has too, as we have watched loved ones, friends, and people we know only by reputation endure with faith in the Lord the most severe trials. They, too, know the God of miracles and witness in their extremity that whatever the future holds for them, the Lord knows them and loves them and is blessing them. They are sealed to Him and to each other forever, and they are willing to submit their wills to His.”

Sydney S. Reynolds, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
A God of Miracles,” April 2001 General Conference


“Choices would not be a dilemma if good were rewarded as quickly and spectacularly as was Elijah or if wrongdoing meant immediate death. But it is not that simple when our work is to increase our faith.”

Sharon G. Larsen, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Agency—A Blessing and a Burden,” October 1999 General Conference


“By strengthening each other spiritually, building faith and fellowship, we wear the shoes of pioneers.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
Pioneer Shoes through the Ages,” October 1997 General Conference


“Our Father and Savior want us to have more faith. Faith is a gift, but it must be sought after. We can seek after faith by asking for more faith in our prayers. Could we say, ‘Heavenly Father, please help me have more faith’?

“Harder than asking is listening. We can listen in our hearts and hear Their voice. We can listen in the scriptures and hear Their word. We can listen to our prophet and leaders and hear their testimonies of faith. We can increase our faith by ‘hearing … the word of God.’ ”

Patricia P. Pinegar, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Increase in Faith,” April 1994 General Conference


“Increasing our faith does take more than choosing to believe and asking. It takes some kind of physical and mental action. It takes practice, diligence, and patience, and it takes obedience. We must be ‘doers of the word, … not hearers only.’ We can practice living righteously by turning to Him, by thinking about Him, by following Him. And then we must help Him with His work by helping others.”

Patricia P. Pinegar, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Increase in Faith,” April 1994 General Conference


“Remember how [God] has worked in your life. Write in your journal about the times when you have felt his love for you. Write about the times when he has intervened in subtle or obvious ways, to make everything work out okay for you. And when you feel abandoned and desperate, those memories will renew your faith and keep you trusting until you understand better.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Faith Is the Answer,” April 1994 General Conference


“Through the years, my circumstances have changed. I was a single woman, then the wife of a nonmember, then a partner in a temple sealing, a mother, a mother-in-law and grandmother, and now a widow. I have known the Savior’s love in all of these circumstances. My own faith has been rewarded as I have felt the Savior’s presence and power in my home.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Strength in the Savior,” October 1993 General Conference



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