In this life, we are meant to question things. It is up to us to discover the truth of anything and everything we learn. I mean, really, if we just believed everything that came our way, we would literally know the truth of nothing and would be, as the apostle Paul said to the Ephesians, “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”
But what about in regards to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Is it OK to have questions there, too?
Yes, in fact, it is.
As young Latter-day Saints, we often feel like questioning a part of the gospel means we are doubtful, have no faith or are being apostate.
Not so. Well, at least if you’re seeking the truth with real intent.
“Be as candid about your questions as you need to be; life is full of them on one subject or another,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “But if you (. . .) want to be healed, don’t let those questions stand in the way of faith working its miracle.”
The Lord has repeated throughout the scriptures his invitation to us to question points of the gospel we do not understand.
He has said, “Ask and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.”
But with a great question comes a great responsibility.
There are definitely right and wrong ways to question the principles and doctrines of the gospel.
We are responsible for finding the truth in the right way, and this is where a lot of people can get tripped up.
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When we have a question concerning a principle or doctrine, we need to focus on figuring if it is true, instead of finding reasons for it to be false.
On that note, when we have a question, we need to turn to the right sources for information. Seeing how God is the source of all truth, I’d say our best bet is to turn to Him, both in study and in prayer.
It also means we are responsible for giving our best effort to learn the truth for ourselves.
Imagine the gospel is like a cake — like that rich, chocolatey, moist kind that is perfect in absolutely every way. Since you’ve been in the bakery long enough, you’ve seen the cake and have heard a lot of things about it. Maybe you even grew up in the bakery, and you’ve been around the cake throughout your whole life. You can ask everyone in the room who has or hasn’t tasted it, and you’ll get a variety of opinions, but you’ll never know for yourself what it really is like. Even if you ask the baker, he would likely tell you that, of course, it is wonderful, but that you need to taste it for yourself.
So, what would you do? Just sit there with the cake right in front of you, wondering if it’s as good as everyone else claims it to be? Or just never try it because you think that if you were ever going to know, you should have known by now? Or are you going to grab your fork and taste it for yourself?
In saying this, it doesn’t mean that every single question we have will be answered in this life. But that’s OK. How else would we walk by faith?
If we are seeking the truth, the Lord will let us know everything we need to know in order to return back to Him.
Everything will make sense someday — maybe not until the next life, but that’s OK. We can make it until then.
It’s OK to wonder if points of the gospel are true, but it’s up to us to go about finding the truth the right way.