Finding Truth

We accept truth from all the world, wherever it is found. Our Father in Heaven is, after all, the author of all truth. Before we can accept truth, we must first know how to find it. We promise, as so few do, that each person can know with a surety what is true and what is false. No matter what principle or precept, you can know for yourself.

Search

In order to ask a question, you have to know what you’re looking for. While God will never let you walk alone as you search, you must first be searching before He can start helping. To know if something is true, do your homework. Show some faith in Him by seeking and He will meet you half-way.

Ask

If what we teach is true, God would want you to know. Answers, however, come in response to questions. Turn to God in prayer. Ask whether it is true or not. Those who ask, truly wanting to know and willing to live according to the answer, will receive answers. God has promised this.

Pay Attention

Watch for your answer. Very rarely will God answer prayers through great visions or spectacular manifestations. Such power He reserves for equally great moments. Instead, He teaches through small and simple means so we can learn line upon line, choosing whether we will listen and exercising faith by acting. He teaches through the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit who speaks truth to our hearts and minds.

He has promised to answer. Trust in His promise; search, ask, listen.

See also Mormon.org

Lessons of the First Vision

During years of darkness, men created councils to define the truths of Christianity. Ambiguity had arisen in the church, needing definition and clarification. Men created that definition, organized and compiled the Bible by debate, convened by the political authority of Emperor Constantine [1]. The Church, already, had ceased to be what Christ began.

In 1820, a 14 year-old boy, Joseph Smith, saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. This First Vision of this dispensation began truth’s return to earth after 1700 years of darkness. As Joseph walked into a Grove a trees that spring morning, he knew no more about God than anyone else. But, as Joseph left the Grove later that day, he knew more than any other person then alive.

Nature of God

That one vision taught Joseph, and thereby us, that God the Father and Jesus Christ are two separate individuals and we have been created in their image for they have physical bodies of flesh and bone. They are not, as taught, Three in One and One in Three [2], but individual and complete, united in purpose. They spoke to Joseph and the Father introduced His Son, as He has done before (Matt. 3).

Love of God

The Father addressed Joseph by name. God knows who we are, not in generality, but by name. He cared enough about a simple boy, asking in faith, to answer his prayer (JSH). We learn from this that God, who knew a farm boy, would know us. If we ask in faith, though we may not see visions, He will answer our prayers, too. Ask and ye shall receive (Matt 21).  

Persecutions of Men

Then, at 14, Joseph became a “special” witness of Christ because Joseph had seen Him and was a witness of the resurrection (Acts 1). From that day on, as soon as it was known in the community, they treated him with “a spirit of the most bitter persecution and reviling (JSH)” which continued all his life. Under such harsh persecutions, others fell away. Still, even on the day of his death, murdered for this very testimony, Joseph Smith never once denied any part of the Vision he saw, the book he translated, nor the church he started. He knew it was true and he knew that God knew it and he dared not deny it (JSH).

Additional sources: Holland, Mormon.org, and the Apostles