“If you are not sure you even believe in God, start there…Put yourself in a position to begin having experiences with Him…Do the spiritual work to find out for yourselves.” [Russell M Nelson]
On Sundays, my 12 year old son has the opportunity to pass the sacrament to all the congregation during our main service (appropriately called Sacrament Meeting). More than once, he has told me that he loves passing the sacrament and is actually bummed out when he can’t be at church to do so.
I finally asked him yesterday why he likes performing this act of service so much. His response was, “I don’t know, it just gives me a good feeling.” I love the simple honesty of that statement. I had to restrain myself from telling him the reasons I think he enjoys it. My thoughts are that truth is being confirmed to him, he loves being able to serve others and is learning that helping others find their way to Christ is a good thing. But, I want him to figure this out on his own because it’s way more powerful and has an eternal effect. He’s still figuring out this whole faith and truth and personal revelation experience. He’s okay to admit that he doesn’t know it all yet. I encouraged him to think it out, pray about it and write down his thoughts.
Here’s the thing though, we are all on the same journey. Some of us might be working through the same thing, more than once. Others might be at the very beginning - is there really a God? No matter where you are on that journey - start there. Be willing to put in the work. The answers don’t just come; your faith doesn’t just come. It requires work on your end.
It’s so worth it.