8 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall believe on the Son of God, the same shall have everlasting life.
As Samuel the Lamanite prophesies of the birth of the Savior, he teaches a principle which prophets had taught for centuries and which is at the heart of the gospel: if you have faith in Jesus Christ, you will be saved.
You might reasonably ask, “Is that really enough? Don’t we have to actually do something?” After all, “we believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Fourth Article of Faith). And those are just the first. Doesn’t that imply that there are many other things we must do to receive the blessings offered through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and return to God? Yes it does. But Samuel adds something a few verses later which removes this apparent contradiction: “And if ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits” (Helaman 14:13). If you really believe, you will do something. You will repent. You will be baptized. You will receive the Holy Ghost. You will have a deep desire to do all things that God commands you to do–a desire which converts that belief into action.
Today I will believe on the Son of God, and I will act on that belief throughout the day.