Family Home Evening Lesson on Faith
(Packet of Flower Seeds)
In the Book of Mormon, Alma compared faith to a seed. In order for a seed to grow, we have to plant it in good soil and nourish it by giving it water and sunlight. As the seed starts to grow, we have to continue to take care of it in order for it to keep growing. If we stop giving it water and sunlight, the plant will die. The plant did not die because the seed was bad, but because it was not getting the nourishment and care that it needed to grow. But, if we keep taking care of the seed, it will keep growing and growing until we can pick the delicious fruit and taste it.
Faith in the Gospel is much like a seed. In order for faith to start growing we need to plant it in our hearts by wanting to learn more about the Gospel, and experiment by practicing its teachings. As we do this, we will see the results and have a good feeling inside about what we are doing. This is a sign that our faith, like the seed, is good and is beginning to grow within us. At this point our faith needs to be nourished to keep growing. Some of the ways that we can nourish our faith are by reading the scriptures, praying, keeping the commandments, loving and serving others. If we don’t do these things our faith will start to die. This is not because the Gospel is not true, but because the faith is not being nourished. Throughout our whole life, we need to nourish our faith with diligence and patience and we will feel it grow and grow. If we do this we will taste the fruit of our faith, which is eternal life.