Use the Power of Faith in Your Marriage

The Family: A Proclamation to the World states the basic principles necessary to have a successful marraige and family:

Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.

It should be noticed that faith is the first principle mentioned in building a successful eternal marriage is faith. 

What is Faith?

The LDS Bible Dictionary states: "Faith is a principle of action and of power" (p. 670) 

The Prophet Joseph Smith (1805-44) taught this important distinction about faith in these words:

. . . faith is . . . the principle of action in all intelligent beings.  ... But faith is not only the principle of action, but of power also, in all intelligent beings, whether in heaven or on earth.  ... 

He continued: 

[W]e understand that the principle of power which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power existing in the Deity, that all created things exist; so that all things in heaven, on earth, or under the earth exist by reason of faith as it existed in Him.

Had it not been for the principle of faith the worlds would never have been framed neither would man have been formed of the dust. It is the principle by which Jehovah works, and through which he exercises power over all temporal as well as eternal things.  Take this principle or attribute--for it is an attribute--from the Deity, and he would cease to exist. (Lectures on Faith, 1:9, 13-16)

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of  the Twelve Apostles discussed the relationship of these two aspects of faith:

Thus, faith in Christ leads to righteous action, which increases our spiritual capacity and power. Understanding that faith is a principle of action and of power inspires us to exercise our moral agency in compliance with gospel truth, invites the redeeming and strengthening powers of the Savior’s Atonement into our lives, and enlarges the power within us whereby we are agents unto ourselves (see D&C 58:28).  ("Ask in Faith," Ensign, May 2008, p. 95)

Notice how both action and power work together:  man's actions are strengthened by God's power.  But a very important truth is essential to the proper use of faith.  Man's actions must be in accordance to the will of God!

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
(1917-2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that three fundamental things work together to bring about action with God's power:

Faith exists when [1] absolute confidence in that which we cannot see [2] combines with action [3] that is in absolute conformity to the will of our Heavenly Father. Without all three--first, absolute confidence; second, action; and third, absolute conformity--without these three all we have is a counterfeit, a weak and watered-down faith.  (“Shall He Find Faith On the Earth,” Ensign, Nov. 2002, pp. 82-84; numbers added)

Click here for a powerful story from the life of Wilford Woodruff about acting upon the will of God that brought about God's power to perform a miracle.

Click here for a rather interesting statement from President Boyd K. Packer about receiving power beyond the veil to do what is right.

Click here for further pertinent teachings regarding faith.

  In order to have a successful eternal marriage, both partners in the marriage must act in absolute confidence upon the will of our Heavenly Father regarding the principles of marriage and family as taught by God through his prophets. They then will receive God's power to acheive both a successful mortal marriage and family as well as an eternal marriage or Godhood!

How is faith used in the marriage setting?

The following two articles found in the Ensign are excellent case studies regarding the use or lack of use of faith in the marriage setting.

Name Withheld, "Putting Our Marriage Back Together,"   Ensign, April 1998, pp. 54-56

Kimberly Jean Deakyne, “We Followed the Prophets’ Counsel,” Ensign, Jan. 1997, pp. 23-25