I have been asked to speak in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. I have been pondering the subject I was asked to speak on, and I have even dreamed about it. My dream was pretty neat to me, so I decided to share it here.
I dreamt that I was giving my talk and I started out like this:
I held up a match in my fingers and showed it to the congregation. “I have faith that this match would light if I strike it on the box it came in. Of course, I would actually need to perform the action of striking it on the box for it to light. Once it did light, it would give me a little light and a little warmth, too. I couldn’t hold on to it for very long, and soon it would go out, because it is not meant to just be held in my fingers. Let’s say I have done the necessary actions, and this match has now been lit. I have faith that it could light some balled up newspaper, and that would give me more warmth, and more light. I would again need to perform an action, this time of putting the lit match to the newspaper. If I wanted to keep it going, I could keep adding newspaper, or I could add some kindling, small pieces of wood. Then I would gradually build up from there, until the wood I was adding would be large logs for a bonfire. Imagine this little match, and the faith and works to light it adding up to a bonfire that could give warmth and light for me and many others. It wouldn’t be a fast process. It would take time, and effort. Even once it was a bonfire, it would need to be stoked, and have more fuel added so it wouldn’t die and go out.
“Faith without works is dead, we all know this. Let’s turn it around. Faith plus works equals testimony. If we look at the match, and newspaper as the basics we need for testimony growth, we would see personal prayer, and scripture study, along with regular church attendance. So the kindling, split logs, and larger pieces of wood? They are service. As we serve we are feeding the testimony within us. The more we serve, the more light and warmth we receive in our hearts and minds. The more light and warmth we receive, the more we are sharing it with others. Because we cannot hide, we don’t want to hide the light and warmth we receive from a strengthened testimony.”
That is as much as was in my dream. I hope I will be able to deliver this message as well in real life as I did in my dream.