Successful marriages and
families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance,
forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome
It should be noticed
that faith is the first
principle mentioned in building a successful eternal marriage is
What is Faith?
The LDS Bible Dictionary states: "Faith is a principle of action and of
power" (p. 670)
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. ...
[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  absolute confidence
in that which we cannot see  combines with action  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)
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.
here for a rather interesting statement from President Boyd K.
Packer about receiving power beyond the veil to do what is right.
here for further pertinent teachings regarding faith.
Summary: 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
The following two articles found in
the Ensign are excellent case
studies regarding the use or lack of use of faith in the marriage