Having faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel (see Articles of Faith 1:4). Our faith will help us make choices that will lead us back to our Heavenly Father. We can work to strengthen our faith throughout our lives.
Faith Centered in Jesus Christ
To lead to salvation, our faith must be centered in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. Having faith in Christ means having confidence in Him. It means relying completely on Him—trusting in His power, intelligence, and love. It also includes believing and following His teachings.
Increasing Our Faith
Faith is a gift from God, but we must seek for it and work to keep it strong. We can increase our faith by praying and studying the scriptures and teachings of latter-day prophets. We also strengthen our faith as we live righteously and keep our covenants.
Living by Faith
Faith is much more than just belief. It includes acting on that belief. We show our faith in the way we live. Faith in Jesus Christ motivates us to follow His perfect example. Our faith leads us to obey the commandments, repent of our sins, and make and keep covenants.
Faith Can Lead to Miracles
True faith brings miracles, which may include visions, dreams, healings, and other gifts that come from God. The scriptures contain many stories of people who received miracles from the Lord because of their faith in Him. See “Miracle” in the Guide to the Scriptures for some examples.
Faith Can Bring Peace
Having faith in God and His plan of salvation can strengthen us during our challenges. Faith can give us strength to press forward and face our hardships with courage. Even when the future seems uncertain, our faith in the Savior can give us peace.
Faith in Jesus Christ Leads to Salvation
Exercising faith in Christ will lead to our salvation. Christ has prepared the way for us to receive eternal life. As we live by our faith in Him, we can be forgiven of our sins and return to live with God again.
From the Scriptures
Faith comes from hearing the word of God (see Romans 10:17).
Faith without works is dead (see James 2:17–18).
The Lord can do all things for us if we have faith (see 1 Nephi 7:12).
Words to Remember
Covenant: a sacred promise we make with God. We make covenants during ordinances such as baptism and the temple endowment.
Miracle: an extraordinary event caused by the power of God. We see miracles because of our faith in the Lord.
Plan of salvation: God’s plan to help His children overcome sin and death to return to Him. Faith in Jesus Christ is important in this plan because only through His Atonement can we be saved.
Find Out More
If you have questions about faith, you can talk to your ministering brothers or sisters, your ward or branch leaders, or the missionaries. You can also find teachings and other resources about faith at ChurchofJesusChrist.org or in the Gospel Library app.