9 Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
10 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.
Notice how King Benjamin’s list of beliefs follows a logical sequence: each belief leads naturally to the next, and the final beliefs lead to action.
- There is a God.
- He created all things.
- He has all wisdom and power.
- We don’t understand everything that He understands.
- We must:
- repent of our sins (forsake them),
- humble ourselves before God, and
- sincerely ask Him to forgive us.
Notice also that Benjamin isn’t just telling them what he believes; he’s actually telling them to believe these things. As Elder L. Whitney Clayton taught:
Belief and testimony and faith are not passive principles. They do not just happen to us. Belief is something we choose—we hope for it, we work for it, and we sacrifice for it. We will not accidentally come to believe in the Savior and His gospel any more than we will accidentally pray or pay tithing. We actively choose to believe, just like we choose to keep other commandments. (“Choose to Believe,” General Conference, April 2015)
Today, I will choose to believe in God, and I will do those things which follow naturally from that belief.