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The Best Path for Seeking Truth

By Mormon.org
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What Is Truth?

Our Heavenly Father wants us to discover truth and will help us find it. The young Mormon prophet Joseph Smith was inspired by the scripture “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

When we’re born, we have no recollection of where we came from, what we’re doing here, or where we’ll go when we leave. Most of us wonder from time to time if life has a purpose and what ours might be. Some are content believing that life’s purpose is simply to be happy. Others live by the phrase “you only live once” and seek the thrills life has to offer. Those with a more scientific or philosophical bent are inclined to spend their days in search of truth and discovery. No matter what we believe our own purpose to be, we all benefit from pursuing and discovering truth.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave an insightful talk entitled “What Is Truth?” In his talk he speaks of the importance of learning how to discern truth. “Never in the history of the world have we had easier access to more information—some of it true, some of it false, and much of it partially true. Consequently, never in the history of the world has it been more important to learn how to correctly discern between truth and error.”

Speaking of the importance of discovering truth for ourselves, he shared the following: “I believe that our Father in Heaven is pleased with His children when they use their talents and mental faculties to earnestly discover truth. Over the centuries many wise men and women—through logic, reason, scientific inquiry, and, yes, through inspiration—have discovered truth. These discoveries have enriched mankind, improved our lives, and inspired joy, wonder, and awe.”

Blurred Lines

There are truths in this world we can all agree on, such as the fact that this is a world of opposites: day and night, warm and cold, hungry and full, rich and poor, wet and dry, earth and sky, good and evil.

Many people today will readily express that whether something is good or evil has more to do with one’s opinion than the moral absolutes of right and wrong. A particular scenario is helpful in understanding why this is a worrisome mentality and why being engaged in an ongoing search for truth in life serves as a blessing and protection.

Scenario: If you were at war and you were set to the task of overtaking an enemy, how much easier would your task be if that enemy wouldn’t acknowledge your existence? At every battle they would be found unprepared, without strategy, defense, or offense. Your attacks would be surprising, disorienting, and confusing to your enemy. Because of their unwillingness to believe in your existence, they would be left vulnerable. Overtaking them would be easy.

Just as there is a God in heaven, there is an adversary who would like nothing more than to keep us from the precious truth that we are children of that God. Our enemy does not want us to know that we have been provided with a Savior who is eager to help us discover truth and overcome sin, darkness, lies, and ignorance. He would have us believe there is no good and evil or right and wrong—that he and God do not exist. If he can convince us there is no enemy, how much easier will it be for him to overtake us, or at the very least keep us distracted from the truth and our divine potential as children of God?

When we acknowledge the opposites of truth, light, and knowledge—which are lies, darkness, and ignorance—it’s easy to understand why a constant quest for truth is vital for our spiritual safety and happiness. Our Heavenly Father and Savior have promised to give us truth “line upon line” and “precept upon precept, … here a little, and there a little” (Isaiah 28:10).

The Source

Scripturally, light and truth are the same. There is a Mormon scripture that says, “That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day” (D&C 50:24). This scripture provides a beautiful promise to those who seek truth from its perfect source—God Himself.

By learning to turn inward instead of outward when we have a question or are facing challenges, we can learn for ourselves how ever-present our Heavenly Father is and how eager He is to help us. By always having a prayer in our hearts, we invite Him to guide us and prompt us, which He will do through thoughts and feelings sent by the Holy Spirit. Studying the scriptures can help us get on the path that will lead to more truth and better living. By doing these things we can fine-tune our conscience to receive and understand the divine, loving guidance that is always available to us.

The Book of Mormon is another testament of the Savior Jesus Christ. It has enlightened millions with its truths. Discover the truth of the Book of Mormon for yourself. Order your free copy here.