Faith is such a simple yet complex, intriguing and deep concept. Faith is often known has believing without seeing, but I would like to make an arguement to that. Faith is the essential factor for miracles and for Salvation. Faith is not just believing without seeing, it's walking through the mist of darkness, holding on to the Iron Rod that leads to the Tree of Life. Faith is putting your trust in Jesus Christ that even though I can't see the end of the tunnel He does and that He won't lead me astray. We speak of faith as a mere belief in something or that it is just an action. It is the greatest action of all. It is the kind of action and belief that can move mountains, walk on water, and raise the dead. Faith is a gift from Heavenly Father and can be developed and can grow and can be cultivated and the more of it you use the more it increases. Alma knew this in fact there is a whole chapter in the Book of Mormon focused on helping us develop that precious gift into Life Eternal (Alma 32). Without faith there can be know Salvation, without faith, there can be no hope and most importantly without faith there can be no happiness. My faith and the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in whom this Church is named after, Jesus Christ. We press forward keeping the commandments of God in hopes of a brighter future. Faith in Jesus Christ is the first step a person must have in their journey towards Salvation, but this is not all Faith in Jesus Christ is not the end and it isn't intended to be the stopping grounds. Nephi says,
"And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." (2 Nephi 31:19-20)
Jesus Christ Himself taught to His apostles that
"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." (Matthew 10:22)
I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was His prophet. I love you all and may God bless.