“The best way of finding truth is simply to go to the origin of all truth and ask or respond to inspiration.”

art by Caitlin Connolly

I was listening to a podcast the other day. As I listened, I felt like I should turn it off.

“This isn’t truth.” The spirit whispered.

And although it is something I have heard said over and over in our society, I realized it was not founded by scripture.

It was a truth that has been twisted to take a potentially damaging effect. And though it was said from an eloquent and seemingly knowledgeable source, it still wasn’t truth.

I pondered on it the rest of the way home. Where am I getting my truth?

What am I accepting as truth simply because I hear it over and over, but from the wrong sources?

And then, in my scripture study, I read D&C 50.

“There are many false spirits which have gone forth in the earth, deceiving the world.” (v 2)

It is easy to listen to the voices of the world. They are all around us and screaming in our ears.

Many times we talk about God’s voice like it is hard to hear. But the scriptures are full of God saying that the opposite is actually true.

God says about the way He communicates,

“Now, when a man reasons he is understood of man, because he reasons as a man; even so will I the Lord, reason with you that you may understand.” (v 12)

Another beautiful example is at the beginning of the Doctrine and Covenants, “Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding.” (D&C 1:24)

God is talking with us, and He is doing it in a way we can understand in our weakness.

We just need to have experiences looking into Him and identifying it. 

And though “it is mentally rigorous to strive to look unto Him with every thought, […] when we do, our doubts and fears will flee.” 

It is worth our every effort to actively seek out truth “by the spirit of truth” (v 17). 

Because it is only then that we will find peace and God.

Remembering, “The best way of finding truth is simply to go to the origin of all truth and ask or respond to inspiration.” (Richard G. Scott)

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