A faithful member of the Church asked me to share the following on this site:
The faith that the Saints exercise is faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that
the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ...(4th Article of Faith)
Upon our exercising faith in God, He answers those prayers.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
The motives of those exercising faith is a key. "Prove it to me"
attitudes would not translate into faithful followers of God. "Father I will
do thy will, and I desire to know" is what is required for the answer.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like
a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man
think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. (James 1: 6 )
God answers the prayers of those who exercise faith in Him, but it is not
without a trial of our faith first.
6 ...faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute
not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of
your faith. (Ether 12:6)
Faith does not equal gullibility. It implies a certain humility that we
cannot know it all, or that we being finite beings cannot comprehend the
infinite on our own.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know
in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Cor. 13:12)
Faith is something that needs to be nurtured, and practiced, but having
done so one will receive answers from a source outside the constraints of
Alma 32: 26 Now, as I said concerning faith-that it was not a perfect
knowledge-even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at
first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an
experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye
can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until
ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that
a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good
seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the
Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and
when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within
yourselves-It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is
good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my
understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea;
nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to
grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth,
and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this
strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I
know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to
grow. 31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto
you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.
32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold
it is not good, therefore it is cast away.
33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the
seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs
know that the seed is good.
34 And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is
perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because you know,
for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it
hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and
your mind doth begin to expand.
35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is alight;
and whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible, therefore ye
must now that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is
your knowledge perfect?
36 Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for
ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the
experiment to know if the seed was good.
37 And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish
it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring
forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will
get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.
38 But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment,
behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and
scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up
and cast it out.
39 Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because
the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is
barren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit
40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye
of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree
41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth
to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking
forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a
tree springing up unto everlasting life.
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with
the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by
ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet
above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea,
and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even
until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your
diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring
forth fruit unto you.