Years of study and pondering have helped me understand that Faith in Jesus Christ is a REAL POWER. It's not passive.
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that faith is “the first principle in
revealed religion, and the foundation of all righteousness.” The Apostle Paul defined faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The Prophet Joseph Smith further revealed through his inspired revision of the Bible (the JST) that faith was the “assurance of things hoped for” (substituting assurance for substance).
He explained that faith “is the assurance we have of the existence of
unseen things. And being the assurance, … [faith] must be the principle
of action in all intelligent beings."
-Faith in Jesus Christ
As we ponder on our faith, let us remember that it comes/grows because of righteousness. If we truly want the blessings that are promised, we must truly 'grow our faith' by learning of Him, obeying His commandments, and seeking to do ALL that He would have us do. I am SO grateful for this inspired knowledge. What an incredible gift it is!