We live in a time of confusion and darkness; a time when the opinions of others, mostly based on incorrect and incomplete information, are casually tossed around. Many of us believe something to be true if it is convenient and disregard any truth that requires us to change or discipline ourselves.
Building our foundation on spiritual truth and light is the only way to have peace in this confusing time.
So what is truth, and is it even possible for us to discover it?
Truth is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The scriptures tell us Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Absolute truth is different than belief or hope, and it is not reliant on popular opinion. Satan hopes to convince us otherwise. As the author of all lies, it is his mission to make us believe that truth is a fluid concept, that the gospel is not the true path to follow, and that even if there is absolute truth out there, it is unattainable by anyone.
We must not believe him. We must persistently seek, ponder, pray, and evaluate information to come to our own personal knowledge of truth. God has promised us that it is possible to know spiritual truth for ourselves.
As our all-knowing Heavenly Father, He is the one source we can always trust. He deeply loves all of us, and if we are willing to ask Him with a humble, sincere heart and with real intent, He will provide us with the answers we seek. But in order to recognize truth, we must use the right tools to detect it.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has told us that in order to recognize truth, we must follow these four steps:
Jesus Christ is the truth of the world. He is also the light of the world, and we need spiritual light if we are going to thrive in these difficult days.
Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Light chases darkness, but darkness cannot overpower light. The light of Christ will never burn out. The light of Christ influences each of us for goodness, and as we follow it, this light increases, burning stronger within us and shining brighter out of us.
“He that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light growth brighter and brighter until the perfect day” (D&C 50:24).
Just as there are steps to obtaining spiritual truth, there are certain steps we must take to obtain spiritual light. Elder Robert R. Steuer lists those steps as learning true doctrine, gaining a pure testimony, and living the gospel courageously and in accordance with the testimony and light we have already received.
Personal revelation, which will come in a variety of ways, is how we will discover spiritual light and truth.
Elder David A. Bednar teaches that God communicates with us through the spirit of revelation in three common ways. The first way is like turning on a light in a dark room, where revelation comes quickly and dramatically. The second way is comparable to the rising of the sun. You cannot discern the light all at once; the light comes gradually. The third and most common way of receiving inspiration, according to Elder Bednar, is like a foggy day. You’re given just enough light to see and take a few steps in front of you at a time, and as you move forward, the light continues to grow, helping you one step at a time.
It is possible to know what is true and false. Spiritual truth and light are real and are waiting for you to discover them. It requires a lifetime of time and effort, but the rewards are more than worth it.