First Principles and Ordinances: The Fourth Article of Faith in Light of the TempleProvo, Utah
: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University
First Principles and Ordinances: The Fourth Article of Faith in Light of the Temple
Samuel M. Brown's splendid and sensitive meditation on the fourth article of faith, First Principles and Ordinances, reveals a mind that is simultaneously restless and faithful, rigorous and compassionate, sensible and sensitive. For Brown, the language of our faith, our talk of a loving Heavenly Father, suggests a social dimension to worship. This language locates devotion in an ongoing dialogue not just between Deity and supplicant, but between worshiper, family, and a larger faith community. As he puts it, "Faith to me is a story about commitment and abiding relationships; we limit the power of faith when we fail to see the role we play in our faith" (1).