“WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FAITH?” by Robert L. Millet, Deseret Book, $19.99, 178 pages (nf)
When Robert L. Millet was a student at Brigham Young University and had been dating Shauna Sizemore for about a year and half, they decided to fast and pray about getting married.
After their fast, they discussed how they felt about it and her answer was “fine.”
Miller, former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, said he felt underwhelmed by how their prayers were answered, but he recognizes now that expectations for a dramatic answer were unrealistic, he writes in “Whatever Happened to Faith?”
He did marry her and has “had ten thousand witnesses since then that God approved of the marriage.”
Spiritual expectations and quiet, but sure, witnesses of spiritual promptings are some of the topics he discusses in “Whatever Happened to Faith?” He also explores what faith is, what it isn’t, trials of faith and how to examine one’s own faith.
Millet acknowledges this isn’t intended to tackle every issue people wrestle with.
“I’d like to direct our attention toward some guiding principles that, if understood, may allow some of us to see the church — its doctrine, its history and its leaders — with new eyes and perhaps feel with a new heart,” he writes in the introduction.
He shares scriptures and teachings of prophets and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with personal experiences, from early life in Louisiana and as a missionary, and his teaching and leadership experiences in each of the 11 chapters as he explores ways to strengthen faith and different principles of faith.
Millet brings up many interesting points to consider and implement as he shares about exercising faith and tackling doubts.
Millet, who is the author of several books on doctrinal topics, also reads the audio version of the book.