“…becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” Mosiah 3:19)
After I joined the Church and began learning more about the Gospel, I likened it to an onion. An onion, by its construction, has many layers which you can peel back one at a time until you reach the center. In my mind, I imagined the gospel and its principles to be like that onion. As you learn more and gain a deeper understanding, you peel back the layers, one at a time. It reminds me of this scripture,
“But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little..”(Isaiah 28:13)
But in many cases, you only have to peel back a few layers to gain the basic understanding of the Gospel you need to return to live with Our Father in Heaven. I call this simple faith, the same faith that a young child would have. The same faith that Jesus called upon us to have.
Those of us who have children know that they are very trusting, innocent and they will believe what we tell them (up to a certain age, of course). They are very teachable, willing to learn and absorb and are usually not cynical about the things they are told.
They have simple faith in us, in Heavenly Father and Jesus and in the Church, for that matter.
As adults or even older young people, some of us yearn to know more. The upper layers of the onion are not enough. We are driven to go deeper and learn more.
This is good. This is also what we are taught to do, both on a secular basis and a spiritual one. To seek as much learning as we can. For some it is given to have enough simple faith to gain and maintain a testimony and that is ok for them. They are content.
For others, they must know more. They must learn as much about what is behind a Gospel principle as possible. They seek to understand all that happened in a particular event in Church history.
It seems to me that before we seek to peel back the other layers of the onion, it is important to have mastered and understood the upper layers. To have acquired that simple faith that will sustain us during our journey deeper into the onion. We must be solid, like the wise man who built his house upon a rock. If not, we are in danger of becoming the other man, who built his house upon the sand.
We’ve seen it happen too many times, where members fall away because of something new they learned about or some detail they did not know about previously.
Having a firm foundation is critical to weather the storms that will come. Starting with becoming as a child, having simple faith, building our testimony(house) upon a rock, that being the Savior Jesus Christ will help us withstand our faith trials and our life trials better.
In the end, that is what the Gospel and the Church are really all about.