Apr 25

How to Discover and Determine Objective Truth

This is a topic that has been on my mind quite a bit in the past few years. I’ve even started writing a book about it to make the process as simple as possible to understand. In my research, I have found many valuable resources that will be of great help to those folks who really want to understand absolute truth, where it comes from, and what it is.

In the book that I’m working on, the premise is that you cannot arrive at perfect truth through the reasoning of man, even scientific results. The only true source of absolute truth is always the Holy Ghost. If you’re interested in reading the working copy of my book, let me know. I’ll share it with you.

However, the book that you should absolutely study is called “Hearing the Voice of the Lord,” by Gerald N. Lund. If you’d like a panoptic view of what truth is, how to discover it, and how to know it’s the pure truth, this is the book that I’d recommend to everyone. Brother Lund goes through all parts of revelation: what it is, how to recognize it, the myriad ways it can manifest, how to pursue it, what to do once you’ve received it, how to recognize false revelation, and many other aspects of the topic.

Another book that I will be reading soon is called “Who is Truth?” by Jeffrey L. Thayne and Edwin E. Gantt. For some good info on what this is, take a look at the reddit post that originally made me aware of the book’s existence. It can be purchased on amazon, as well (I have no affiliation with these gentlemen, I’m just sharing the info).

Feb 12

The Gospel Study Journal is Coming!

We are so thrilled to make available our upcoming Gospel Study Journal!  You will be able to link your entries together, or link them to scripture references or passages.  Entries can be tagged with keywords.  You may even include citations to other works in your entries.  This allows for non-conventional ways of studying and comparing related entries that you have written.  Eventually, you will be able to share study journal entries with others.

You will be able to search by keyword, scripture reference, or look at all entries attached to the one you have open.  You will also be able to print entries.  It becomes your own, personal, searchable knowledge base.  You can use it to reference any entry that you have ever written on any topic.

We’re working as fast as we can so that you will be able to create your free, private Gospel Study Journal and start using it soon!

Oct 29

The Most Important Knowledge to Gain

Upon considering the things taught recently at the Sperry Symposium and at General Conference, it has become clear that there are different types, grades or levels of knowledge that one may gain.  Which are most important?

Let’s consult the words of Spencer W. Kimball to discover his feelings on the matter of the most important knowledge we can gain:

“Yet secular knowledge can be most helpful to the children of our Father in Heaven who, having placed first things first, have found and are living those truths which lead one to eternal life. These are they who have the balance and perspective to seek all knowledge-revealed and secular-as a tool and servant for the blessing of themselves and others. They know that preeminent among all activities in this life is preparing themselves for eternal life by subjugating the flesh, subjecting the body to the spirit, overcoming weaknesses, and so governing themselves that they may give leadership to others. Important, but of second priority, comes the knowledge associated with life in mortality.”

“Of all the treasures of knowledge, the most truly vital is the knowledge of God, of his existence, his powers, his love, and his promises. Through this knowledge, we learn that our great objective in life is to build character. In fact, we learn that the building of faith and character is paramount, for character is higher than intellect, and perfect character will be continually rewarded with increased intellect.”

“Thus, our real business on earth is to master self. And as we master ourselves, we will learn to master the earth and its elements. Most important, we will learn how to help others overcome and perfect themselves in all ways of living.”

“In the same way, let us seek the truth. Let us first seek the truths of God, and then let us live them. Then let us seek after the truths of his earth. Let us seek learning ‘by study and also by faith.’ (D&C 88:118.)”

“And let us remember that it is not so much what we know that is important, as what we do and what we are. The Master’s plan is a program of doing, of living, not merely knowing. Knowledge itself is not the end. It is how we righteously live and apply that knowledge in our own lives and how we apply it to help others that describes our character.”

“If we seek true happiness, we must expend our energies for purposes larger than our own self-interests. Let us ponder prayerfully how we may effectively and lovingly give service to our families, neighbors, and fellow Saints. And let us know that when we learn to do this we have learned one of the great truths of eternity.”

Spencer W. Kimball, “Seek Learning, Even by Study and Also by Faith,” Ensign, Sep 1983, p. 3

Further, how important is it that we continue learning throughout our lives?  Two wonderful talks have come to my attention about the cruciality of continuously learning.

The first, given by Eliot Butler in September 1976, is entitled “Everybody Is Ignorant, Only on Different Subjects.”

The second, given by Marion D. Hanks in June 1955, is entitled “Learning Never Ends.”


All three of these addresses are inspiring in directing one’s focus to how important it is always to continue learning.  They also clarify what types of things are the most important to learn.