I’ve been thinking about Andrew’s post on Seeing Mormon Faith Transitions as Social Class Movements over the past two months. As a quick summary here are the three different ways he identified that Mormons engage with their faith (but really this makes more sense if you re-read Andrew’s post. It’s really good.):
Physical – focused on doing and other physical acts: word of wisdom, chastity, moving people, etc.
Intellectual – focused questions of belief as relating to historical record; mormon studies, history, etc.
Relational – focused on development and preservation of relationships and interconnetedness
This month while I was sitting in sacrament meeting I was thinking about these differences and the scripture from Doctrine & Covenants 4:2 popped into my head:
Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
Perhaps we aren’t just supposed to engage with our faith in ways that feel most natural or easy for us. Perhaps we are commanded to engage in all three ways with our faith:
When we serve God with all our strength we use our physical bodies to do and act. While I think a Mormon faith solely focused on this aspect is empty and shallow, I believe it’s a vital aspect to keeping our covenants.
When we serve God with our minds study things we continually seek after learning. I think God wants us engaging intellectually with Mormon studies and history.
When we serve God with our hearts we value and nurture our family, neighbor, and ward relationships as part of covenant keeping; not only on a local level but how we relate to each other as covenant people of God (all sealed as one family) and to everyone as fellow children of God.
If one were to continue in all their might (effort) to serve God in these ways one would develop a mature faith, an unshakable faith. I’m grateful for my faith transition (when I bore my testimony I believe I was careful to say ‘I’m grateful my faith developed in a way that can incorporate all of these aspects’). I’ve never been so self-aware of my spiritual development. I’ve gained a new heart and new eyes and my perspective shifted to a bigger picture. And when integrating D&C 2:4, I think we’re supposed to be faith-transitioning for eternity, it’s what spiritual development is by nature.