Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jane Manning's Faith

We've been reading the story of Jane Manning from a series in The Friend magazine. I've been so inspired by her faith as she walked 800 miles to Nauvoo, Il through snow and ice and cracked and bleeding feet. Yet through it all she was exceedingly upbeat and optimistic.

I thought of how I would have reacted-- how I have reacted-- to the trials that beset me. When the baby whines, a frustrated sigh, when he gets up too early from his nap, a grumble and complaint.

But Jane did the exact opposite. She faced her trials singing, rejoicing, thanking God for the miracles that allowed them to keep moving forward. It appears that what Jane had was gratitude, a positive attitude. But how could one have the strength to look on the bright side when they were met with opposition at every turn?

What Jane had was more than gratitude, it was faith. Faith, hope in a Savior who's Kingdom is not of this world. It's the kind of faith I want to have, the kind of faith our children must have as it becomes harder and harder to choose to be different in this world.

Faith is a principle of the Gospel that we hold dear and feel joy as we teach it to our children. But what does it look like lived in your life? Am I saying no to the complaints that enter my mind, and instead leaving room for the light of faith to fill me? And if I'm not, how can the generations that follow after us ever have an example to follow?

And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them. Mosiah 4:10
It says in Mosiah that if we believe such things to "see that ye do them." Inspired by the faith of Jane Manning, I'm going to try a little harder to "see that I do" have faith in word and deed.

Read Jane's story here.

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