“An Example of Seeking and Receiving,” Ensign, Jan. 2009, 11
“The young Prophet Joseph Smith … was a teenager when he studied the scriptures. During this time a multitude of unanswered questions arose. He wondered, he pondered, he asked, and he received answers.
“Build your testimony the same way: Study the scriptures, increase your knowledge of the gospel, search for answers in the scriptures. If you have doubts or fears, invest the time and energy to find the answers in the scriptures and in the written words of our prophets. Contemplate, meditate, ponder, and pray.
“Go to our Heavenly Father in prayer; communicate with Him daily. Draw close to Him, and He will draw close to you. Ask about your studies of the scriptures, about your feelings and your questions, and He will answer. He is waiting, He is real, and He is there. Use the gift of the Holy Ghost. Believe in the power of prayer.
“It takes effort and time. Be patient; it is worth it. You can do it. You are not alone in this; others went through this before” (“Making Choices for Eternity,” Ensign, Oct. 2002, 28–29).