Elder Pearson further encourages us with this concept of our ability to choose faith!
Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught: “
Desire, hope, and belief are forms of faith, but faith as a principle of power comes from a consistent pattern of obedient behavior and attitudes.
Personal righteousness is a choice. Faith is a gift from God, and one possessed of it can receive enormous spiritual power.
We do have a choice. We get what we focus on consistently.
And finally, this:
Like a mom."Let this mind be in you, which was also in Jesus Christ...[who] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant"
As I read that (Phil 2:7), all I could think/feel was I'm choosing to be like Christ. How can I bemoan the my life as mundane, when I have the chance to try and learn to serve continually as Christ did? Suddenly, the things I do everyday of "no reputation", like fishing the dirty diapers out of the toilet bowl (again), ceased to be merely gross, inconvenient and unfair, but they became opportunities to humble myself, in a submission that one day may change me enough to lead to my own exaltation.
How grateful I was, that I decided to stop and "recalculate" my journey towards doubt and discouragement, and instead said,
"Lord, help be find a path of faith, and focus instead."
I still had to clean up the diapers. But somehow it wasn't so bad.