How to stand firm when others question your faith

I received a letter from a recent Mormon convert asking how one stands firm against those who question your church membership.

This is an important question because, as I have stated in a previous column, pressure from family and friends is among the reasons new converts become inactive. I have heard far too many times about new converts who believe that the church is true, yet allow a spouse, family member or friends to prevent them from living it. I hope this column will provide some help for those struggling with this issue.

The first thing I would suggest is to pray. If you have been reading my column for a while, you will know that I am a prayer advocate. Why? Because it works! If you haven't done so already, pray to know whether the teachings of the church are true. If you have already received a witness, pray for those who are giving you a hard time about your decision. Praying may not mean that they will accept your faith, but it could mean they will no longer create discord with living it.

Read your scriptures. Stay inundated in the word of God. It will help you deal with any situation you may experience. It can help comfort you when times get hard and strengthen you against criticism. Knowledge in the scriptures also can help you refute any misconceptions others may have against the church.

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