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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - To Know God

"It was the Master who replied in answer to the question as to how one might know of him and his doctrine: 'If any man will do his will, he shall know.' (John 7:17.) Would you think an authority on science to be one who had never experimented in a laboratory? Would you give much heed to the comments of a music critic who did not know music or an art critic who didn't paint? Just so, one like yourself who would 'know God' must be one who does his will and keeps his commandments and practices the virtues Jesus lived?" - Harold B. Lee, "Decisions for Successful Living," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973], p. 39-40

"Experience by experience, faith can yield to knowledge 'in that thing,' meaning the particularized verifications of gospel truths. (Alma 32:34.) It was so with the brother of Jared: 'He had faith no longer, for he knew.' (Ether 3:19.) Brigham Young assured that 'every principle God has revealed carries its own convictions of its truth to the human mind.' (In Journal of Discourses, 9:149.) Jesus clearly declared that 'if any man will do his will, he shall know.' (John 7:17.) However, Jesus described the steady process as being one of 'line upon line, precept upon precept.' (D&C 98:12.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Lest Ye Be Wearied and Faint in Your Minds," Ensign, May 1991, p. 89

"Passive acceptance of the Lord is not enough. Vibrant testimony comes of anxious seeking. Strength comes of active service in the Master's cause. 'Learn of me,' was Jesus' injunction. He further declared that he that doeth the will of the Father 'shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.' (John 7:17.)" - Gordon B. Hinckley, "With All Thy Getting Get Understanding,' Ensign, August 1988, p. 5

"What is it to know of the doctrine? It is an unwavering assurance. The Lord has offered a rich reward but has provided that it can be had only by meeting certain requirements. In this case the blessing promised is a knowledge of the divinity of the doctrine. And in this case the law or requirement is that one must 'do his will.' Most of us know what his will is, far more than we have disposition or ability to comply. One must not only be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost, but also live the commandments to be given the knowledge of the divinity of the work. Mere passive acceptance of the doctrines will not give the testimony; no casual half-compliance with the program will bring that assurance; it will come only through an all-out effort to live his commandments." - Spencer W. Kimball, "President Kimball Speaks Out," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981], p. 21

“To discover God is the greatest discovery that anyone ever makes in his lifetime, and in trying to understand the great responsibility that goes with such a discovery, I got down on my knees and asked God to help me bear an acceptable witness of him to all of those with whom I should come in contact. When it was revealed to Paul as he journeyed on the way to Damascus that Jesus was the Christ, a great responsibility was placed upon him. When the same thing was made known to Joseph Smith, a tremendous responsibility was placed upon him. He said, ‘... I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it.’ (P. of G. P. Joseph Smith 2:25.) Now that the same thing has been made known to us, a great responsibility has been placed upon us, and I pray that our heavenly Father will help us to be effective, inspired, untiring bearers of this great truth to all men everywhere in the world.” - Sterling W. Sill, “Conference Report,” October 1954, Afternoon Meeting, p. 29

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