We Believe All Things

A person who has charity, according to the apostle Paul, “believeth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7). Mormon made the same assertion in a sermon on faith, hope, and charity. (See Moroni 7:45.) And Joseph Smith included the statement in one of the Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “We believe all things” (Articles of Faith 1:13).

What does it mean to believe all things, and is that really a good idea?

Earlier in Mormon’s sermon, he admonishes us to “search diligently in the light of Christ that [we] may know good from evil.” But having made that judgment, our focus should not be on the elimination of evil. “If ye will lay hold upon every good thing,” he said, “and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ” (Moroni 7:19).

So we recognize and avoid things that are false, unproductive, or damaging, and we don’t dwell on those things. The thirteenth article of faith goes on to emphasize this positive focus: “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things” (Articles of Faith 1:13; see also Philippians 4:8.)

There is a certain attitude of mind and heart which is associated with productive activity and happiness, and that attitude includes belief. When a group of people told Jairus to abandon hope of his daughter being healed, Jesus said to him, “Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36). When a father pleaded for help with a tone of desperation, Jesus responded, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

Today, I will believe. I will focus my attention and efforts on things that are good and true, and I will trust that, with God’s help, wrong things can be made right.

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