7. Implanting faith. Since faith originates with God, as explained, - and therefore it
belongs to Him, - why, then did Jesus say to those healed, "thy faith hath made thee whole? If
it comes from God does it not belong to Him rather than being "thy faith"? When we consider
that informaton, which comes from our neighbor, or books or the news media, is just borrowed
material. We do not know of its truth.
But when truth or direction comes from the Holy Ghost - from God, rather than the whims of men, it is planted in our heart or spirit as a gift or endowment from God - the source of truth. That truth is now yours. By this process it becomes a living growing entity within you, in contrast to dead wood borrowed from another. You are the primary, a first hand witness (having seen
through the eyes or power of the holy ghost who knows all things) and you know the truth with a surety better than seeing with the natural eye. That is a characteristic of an implant or graft of
intellligence from the Holy Spirit like the graft of olive branches shown at the right. You do not just believe. This is one of the values of a witness from the Holy Ghost. This was the faith of the early martyred saints. This was
the faith of the Latter-day saints, martyred and driven from Kirtland Ohio, to Missouri, to Nauvoo Illinois, to the Salt Lake valley. It was the faith of the Willy and the Martin Handcart Pioneer companies. This was the faith of Joshua and his priests that
crossed over the Jordan River, stopping it as they stepped into its waters. (Joshua 3:5-17) It can be our faith when received as a witness from the Holy Ghost to a vessel that desires and craves obedience, cleanliness and virtue.