|added Mon August 21 2006 at 7:56 PM
|Today's FHE lesson was on the Articles of Faith. The girl who was teaching started by relating a story where her excommunicated father asked if she could even recite the Articles of Faith. When she realized that she couldn't, she realized how sad it was that she claimed to believe in these things, but couldn't even remember what they were. She then talked about each one in turn.
The lesson was good, but the premise of the story was off base, at least for me. I don't believe in the Articles of Faith because I can recite them all from memory without thinking about them. In primary, I was taught catchy tunes for each of them, so I can remember most of the words if I can get started, but even that is secondary to being able to apply them to daily life. Don't get me wrong, I know that being familiar with these scriptures is helpful because you can share them at any appropriate time, but rote memorization is not nearly as important as understanding the concepts being taught.
So if recitation isn't the most important thing for believing, then what is? The important thing for believing the Articles of Faith is that they ring true when I read them. I do know that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are three distinct members of the Godhead, united for one purpose. I do know that I will be punished only for my own transgressions and that I can turn to Christ to be saved. As I read through each of them, I know that each one speaks the truth and not only because I was forced to memorize them in primary, but because they simply make sense the way they are.