The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Truth

The word of the Lord is truth. You ask, What is truth? It is the truth that God lives. What more is truth? It is the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world; that he atoned for the sin of Adam, and that through our repentance and obedience to him we shall receive a forgiveness of our own sins, and shall be cleansed therefrom, and exalted again in the presence of God, from whence we came. It is truth that God has revealed to the world that except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of heaven. It is eternal truth that except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. These are the Almighty's truths that he has revealed to the children of men, and upon these we will stand. We propose to bear our testimony to these truths, and to declare these principles to the children of men, as long as God will give us his Spirit, and we are entrusted with this mission to declare Jesus Christ and him crucified and risen from the dead, and Joseph Smith raised up by the power of God to restore the fulness of the everlasting Gospel and the authority of the Holy Priesthood to the earth in the dispensation of the fulness of times. We bear this testimony to the world, and we know that our testimony is true; for we have received of that Spirit of truth which is of God, and of which Jesus speaks here through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Therefore, our testimony is in force upon the world. Especially is it in force upon those who have yielded obedience to the message of salvation as it has been restored to the earth and declared unto you. — President Joseph F. Smith, as quoted by Elder B. H. Roberts in The Mormon Doctrine of Deity, p. 293

The Gods organized and gave life to man and placed him on the earth. This is absolute. It cannot be disproved. A million brilliant minds might conjecture otherwise, but it is still true. And having done all this for his Father's children, the Christ mapped out a plan of life for man -- a positive and absolute program whereby man might achieve, accomplish, and overcome and perfect himself. Again, these vital truths are not matters of opinion. If they were, then your opinion would be just as good as mine, or better. But I give you these things, not as my opinion -- I give them to you as divine truths which are absolute….
Any intelligent man may learn what he wants to learn. He may acquire knowledge in any field, though it requires much thought and effort. It takes more than a decade to get a high school diploma; it takes an additional four years for most people to get a college degree; it takes nearly a quarter-century to become a great physician. Why, oh, why do people think they can fathom the most complex spiritual depths without the necessary experimental and laboratory work accompanied by compliance with the laws that govern it? Absurd it is, but you will frequently find popular personalities, who seem never to have lived a single law of God, discoursing in interviews on religion. How ridiculous for such persons to attempt to outline for the world a way of life! — President Spencer W. Kimball, Absolute Truth, Ensign, Sept. 1978, pp. 3-5

Gospel truth stands as a pillar of peace, security, and freedom for all who would avail themselves. And I further attest that the ultimate in revealed truth, light, and eternal assurance is inseparably connected with the temple. Those sacred buildings are reverently and accurately referred to as the House of the Lord. —Elder Robert L. Simpson, General Conference, October 1980

With the rapid changes that are taking place today in every phase of our lives, it is very important that we recognize the eternal nature of principles of truth. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first great eternal principle of the gospel and is indeed a very vital factor in our lives. To me it is one of the most interesting and inspiring principles to contemplate. — Elder Franklin D. Richards, General Conference, April 1966

The acquisition of knowledge is a sacred activity, pleasing to our Father in Heaven and favored by him and his servants. Speaking on this campus about forty years ago, President J. Reuben Clark declared: God made clear that the gaining of knowledge is not to be like the commonplace work of earning a livelihood. He who invades the domain of knowledge must approach it as Moses came to the burning bush; be stands on holy ground; he would acquire things sacred; he seeks to make his own the attributes of Deity, the truth which Christ declared he was (John 14..6), and which shall make us free (John 8:32). . . . We must come to this quest of truth--in all regions of human knowledge whatsoever, not only in reverence, but with a spirit of worship. [Remarks given at the inauguration of BYU President Howard S. McDonald, 14 November 1945 (Inauguration Speeches, BYU Archives)] — Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Counsel for Students¸ BYU Speeches of the Year, 18 September 1984

"So far as is known, the question Pilate put to Jesus, apparently without expecting the Savior to answer--'What is truth?'--has been answered only once: the Lord later said, '...truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.' Truth is a knowledge of reality of 'things.' Some realities are transitory and inconsequential; some realities maintain themselves everlastingly, or longitudinally, over vast spans of time. In the hierarchy of truth, therefore, some truths describe those realities which persist from age to age--which are more significant than fleeting facts. A knowledge of such central realities as the existence of God and his presiding and purposeful role in the universe, the great rescue mission of his Son Jesus Christ, and of man's co-eternality with our Heavenly Father is sovereign sense! Other gradations of truth reflect knowledge of those things which are often important, but passing and proximate." — Neal A. Maxwell, "The Smallest Part", p.4 - p.5

"The apparent conflict, and let me say it is only apparent, between religion and science, arises from two definite causes. An imperfect knowledge of science on the one hand and an imperfect knowledge of religion on the other. True science is knowledge classified and must be true, hence it is a part of true religion which embraces and accepts all truth. How I rejoice in the wonderful development of science and invention, and I hope I may ever have an open mind ready to receive all knowledge let it come from whence it will, for it has but one source; it comes from God who is the fountain of all truth." — Rulon S. Wells, "Conference Report", April 1929, p.104

"Reason is all right when intelligently used. There is not a principle of the gospel that will not appeal to the reason of man, for every principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ is reasonable, clear and easily understood with the aid of the Spirit of truth. But man cannot determine, upon the strength of his own reason, unaided by the Spirit of God, the power and saving grace of the gospel principles and expect to find out God. He cannot do it!" — Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., "Doctrines of Salvation", Vol. 1, p. 300

"There is a hierarchy of truth atop which are the great ordering realities: the reality of Deity, the reality of immortality, and the reality of an eternal ecology that rests upon God's commandments. When Jesus of Nazareth spoke of how the truth can make us free, He was not speaking of those facts contained in today's principles of accounting class or of data concerning crop yields, but of these great emancipating truths, which are everlasting and not ephemeral." — Neal A. Maxwell, "We Will Prove Them Herewith", p.86

"Does a man get away from the truth by apostacy? No; he simply revels in the darkness, with truth all around him: the truth pervades the whole country where he may dwell and where he may travel; he cannot get outside of it. Then what has he done? He has closed his eyes and said, 'I will not see;' and by doing so, what has he effected? He has only run around the circle of truth, until he is worn out and comes back and finds that the truth is still there. When he opens his eyes, there is the truth; God is there, his influences are there, his Spirit is there, his work is there; and he finds that he has not gone away from God, neither has he gone away from the truth; but he has simply closed his eyes and refused to see that light and truth which were presented to him." — Amasa M. Lyman, "Journal of Discourses", Vol.5, p.308

"'Keep the commandments. In this there is safety and peace.' ('Keep the Commandments,' Hymns, no. 303.) Nothing this world has to offer can surpass the joy of living the gospel! No worldly wealth or possession, no degree of fame or recognition can supplant the satisfaction of feeling the warmth and peace of the Spirit of the Lord in our hearts and in our homes. 'Sweet is the peace the gospel brings.' ('Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings,' Hymns, no. 14.) As we strive for success, we cannot allow 'any vain or foolish thing' to divert us from the path of faith and lead us away from being true to our covenants." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "True to the Truth," General Conference, April 1997

"In the Lord's instructions to His children, we find sublime consistency. What the Lord has declared to be right will always be right. What He has declared to be true will always be true. What He has declared to be sinful will always be sinful. Rest assured that when the so-called 'enlightened' doctrines of men contradict the holy scriptures, they will only bring heartache, disappointment, and destruction to the souls of mankind." - L. Tom Perry, "Back to Gospel Basics," Ensign, May 1993, 92

"Our revered leader of years past, President David O. McKay, often said, 'The mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ [is] to make evil-minded men good and to make good men better.' (Millennial Star, Oct. 1961, p. 469.)

"The Lord said to the people of ancient America, 'And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good.' (Ether 4:12.)

"To be good, one must seek after truth, for truth is the ingredient which, when inculcated into our lives, changes us for good. 'Truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.' (D&C 93:24.) 'Truth abideth and hath no end.' (D&C 88:66.)

"Intelligence is the ability to use knowledge properly. The Lord has said, 'The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.' (D&C 93:36.) The light of which this scripture speaks is the Light of Christ, for Jesus further said, 'I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.' (D&C 93:2.)" - Royden G. Derrick, "By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them," Ensign (CR), November 1984, p.61

"The Lord counseled, 'Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.' (D&C 88:118.)

"We can find truth in the scriptures, the teachings of the prophets, the instructions from our parents, and the inspiration that comes to us as we bend our knees and seek the help of God.

"We must be true to our ideals, for ideals are like the stars: you cant touch them with your hands, but by following them you reach your destination. (See Carl Schurz, 1859, in John Bartlett, comp., 'Familiar Quotations,' 15th ed. (1980), 602.) - Thomas S. Monson, "Pathways to Perfection," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.99

"Profound spiritual truth cannot simply be poured from one mind and heart to another. It takes faith and diligent effort. Precious truth comes a small piece at a time through faith, with great exertion, and at times wrenching struggles. The Lord intends it be that way so that we can mature and progress. Moroni said, 'Dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith' (Ether 12:6). To explain that truth, President Harold B. Lee gave this wise instruction:

"'The Savior's blood, His atonement, will save us, but only after we have done all we can to save ourselves by keeping His commandments. All of the principles of the gospel are principles of promise by which the plans of the Almighty are unfolded to us' (Ye Are the Light of the World, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974, p. 245)." - Richard G. Scott, "Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge," Ensign (CR), November 1993, p.86

"Perhaps those who call themselves Christian and harp on what they claim are inconsistencies in our history and doctrine need to be reminded that Christianity itself rests upon very meager historic evidence. The miracles of Christ, including His resurrection and atonement, the details of His life and preachings, simply are not recorded in the secular histories available to Christian and non-Christian alike. Similarly, all Christians must wrestle with the fact that the teachings and records found in the New Testament (which, by the way, display their own internal minor inconsistencies) were written by friends and followers of Jesus, not by objective historians. None of this should be of inordinate concern to any of us, Mormon or non- Mormon. The validity of the Christian message rests on spiritual, rather than secular, foundations.

"Yet we must not dwell too long on those who are our professional detractors, who make a living (often a very  good living!) by criticizing the Mormons. They will always be with us and will be dealt with in the Lord's good time and in His way. They will not have any appreciable impact on the work, 'for the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.' (Mormon  8:22.) Elder Marvin J. Ashton has wisely reminded us that 'no religion, group, or individual can prosper over an extended period of time with fault-finding as their foundation.' (Ensign, November 1982, p. 63.)" - Alexander B. Morrison, "Feed My Sheep: Leadership Ideas for Latter-day Shepherds," p.133

"Truth is defined in a revelation to Joseph Smith: 'Truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.' (D. & C. 93:24.) Truth in this sense is a product or function of knowledge. Whoever, then, has full knowledge has complete truth, and all who have some correct knowledge have some truth.

"Such a basic doctrine has stimulated the gathering of knowledge among the Latter-day Saints. Indeed, the obtaining of knowledge is equivalent to a religious requirement upon the people. Note the following extracts from the revelations to Joseph Smith: 'Study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues and people.' (D. & C. 90:15.) 'Obtain a knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms, of laws of God and man.' (D. & C. 93:53.) 'Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.' (D. & C. 88:118.) Joseph Smith declared that 'Knowledge is the pathway up to the Gods.'" - John A. Widtsoe, "Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," p.43

"We have always been taught that the gospel of Jesus Christ embraces all truth, wherever that truth is found. This should also include truth found in science. The simplicity of basic truth in the fields of chemistry and physics has always intrigued me. For example, there is the simple expression that H2O is the chemical formula for water. Also fascinating is the fact that Einstein could express his mind-expanding theory of relativity by the simple equation E = mc2. It almost appears that the closer we approach a basic truth, the more simply it can be expressed.

"The best example of this in religious truth is perhaps the oft-repeated scriptural passage found in Moses in the Pearl of Great Price, wherein God states in a single sentence the total objective of all eternity: 'For behold, this is my work and my gloryto bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (
Moses 1:39.)

"Imagine, just twenty words to summarize the entire plan of eternal progression and salvation. I like that, because it is true. The statement is fundamental; it makes perfect sense. It isn't superfluous; it establishes a goal by which everyone can achieve success. All of Heavenly Father's children become candidates for exaltation, and in the process Deity is glorified by our success." - Robert L. Simpson, "
The Simplicity of Gospel Truths ," Ensign (CR), May 1984, p.59

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bears testimony to the world that this will of God has been made manifest in this dispensation, that the principles of the gospel, the principles of life, have been revealed. They are in harmony with the principles that Christ taught in the meridian of time. It is impossible to give here all the principles that constitute that will, but they are so simple that, as the scriptures say, 'the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.' (Isa. 35:8.)" - David O. McKay, "Conference Report," October 1966, Afternoon Meeting, p.137

"The practice of truth, the acid test of our commitment, is known by many terms—for example, honesty, integrity, uprightness, and probity. I especially like probity. It is taken from the Latin probus, meaning good, and probare—to prove, signifying tried and confirmed integrity. A person who has mastered probity by discipline, until it has become part of his very nature, is like a moral compass which automatically points 'true north' under all circumstances. This individual strives for instinctive honesty, acting on impulse toward the right, without having to weigh the merits of advantage or disadvantage." - J. Richard Clarke, "The Practice of Truth," Ensign (CR), May 1984, p.62

"I have been asked what compromises 'Mormonism' will make with the world? I reply, no compromise when it comes to the fundamental principles of religion, for they are of God, and no one has a right to compromise the eternal truths of God. They belong to Him. We have no right to say we will compromise with man. So I pray that we may hold up these eternal truths. There is no compromise in God's principles and holy laws. There can't be, they are of God; and we have seen the 'gleam,' and we must follow the 'gleam' according to the will of God for all His children." - Elder Levi Edgar Young, Conference Report, April 1922, Closing Session, p.155

"We must imitate Christ in our mental growth as we search for truth. Let us never fear truth, but only its misuse. On the contrary, let us love truth above all else, for God Himself is truth." - Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.120

"When men, in their energetic search for truth, make new discoveries, these will always be in harmony with all fundamental and eternal truths. Yes, truth is always consistent, whether it be revealed direct from God to man through His inspired prophets, or comes from the laboratory through the diligent searching of His children and the influence of the Spirit of the Lord upon them.

"Continue to grow mentally-to grow in wisdom-to grow in truth. Desire it! Pray for it! Study it! Practice it! Do all this, and you will find truth; it cannot be denied you. Having found it, never forget its source, remembering always that 'the glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth' (D&C 93:36)." - Ezra Taft Benson, "The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson," p.120

“Men must have a true measuring rod to determine whether knowledge which comes to them is true or false. They must have a true balance or rule that is always reliable, always dependable, by which they can weigh or measure every particle of information that comes to them. What will this rule be? I have discovered that the sure action of my soul is the knowledge I have that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and that our Father in heaven has spoken, that those truths contained in the revelations of God in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and D&C, are the very eternal truth. I have accepted them as my measuring rod, and I have not accepted as the final truth anything that does not square up to those eternal truths, that does not harmonize with the truth I have from God. Truth will harmonize with itself. Let us adopt this standard when we go out into the world, and seek the world's knowledge, its science, and everything pertaining to the world and the world's work, and we shall be saved from shipwreck.” - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” April 1915, Second Overflow Meeting, p. 59

"The greatest achievement mankind can make in this world is to familiarize themselves with divine truth, so thoroughly, so perfectly, that the example or conduct of no creature living in the world can ever turn them away from the knowledge that they have obtained. 'In the footsteps of the Master,' the greatest of all the teachers that this world has ever received, is the safest and surest course to pursue that I know of in the world. We can absorb the precepts, the doctrines and the divine word of the Master, without any fear that the exemplar will fail of carrying out and executing his own precepts and fulfilling his own doctrines and requirements."
- "Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Joseph F. Smith," p. 39

"As we pass along the bridge of our lives, we ought to understand that our greatest latter-day need is not for bigger industries or more oil wells or greater power plants or a more ample gold supply. Our most critical problems are not our population explosions or our projected food shortages. Our primary concern should be centered in getting a sufficient love of God and truth enshrined in our hearts, that we will obey all of his commandments." - Sterling W. Sill, "Conference Report," October 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p. 138

"Brethren and sisters, Latter-day Saints, listen to the counsel of the Lord. What matter if we be but few? If every man at this conference, if every Latter-day Saint listening to this conference, would go out and see to it that he made of himself a center from which went out the testimony of the truth, we could accomplish miracles. Let no Latter-day Saint, who has raised his hand to sustain the prophets of the Lord, permit himself ever to depart from that instruction. Let him challenge any faultfinding and let him champion the truth." - Joseph F. Smith, "Conference Report," April 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p. 159

The sands flow through the hourglass, the clock of history moves on; yet the divine truth prevails undiminished, undiluted, unchanged. -
Thomas S. Monson, "Anonymous," Ensign (CR) April 1983

As Latter-day Saints, we are committed to the principles of truth. We seek the truth; we believe the truth; and we know the “truth will make us free.” (See John 8:32.) To be genuine disciples, we must have harmony between the principles that we profess and the truths we practice. - J. Richard Clarke, "The Practice of Truth," Ensign (CR) April 1984

Do you realize that the notion that all churches are equal presupposes that the true church of Jesus Christ actually does not exist anywhere?

Now, others may insist that this is not the true church. That is their privilege. But to claim that it does not exist anywhere, that it does not even need to exist, is to deny the scriptures….

We did not invent the doctrine of the only true church. It came from the Lord. Whatever perception others have of us, however presumptuous we appear to be, whatever criticism is directed to us, we must teach it to all who will listen. - Boyd K. Packer, "The Only True Church," Ensign (CR) October 1985

Our position is one of strength because it is founded on eternal truth. We need not fear the fiery darts of the adversary, nor be troubled by world conditions, as long as we walk in that light which a gracious Father has so abundantly shed forth upon us in this final gospel dispensation. - Joseph Fielding Smith, "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," Ensign (CR) June 1971

The whole world would prosper exceedingly if every man in his life had a will for truth. It is the flabby adherence to truth, or righteousness, the expression of truth, that lies at the bottom of all human disasters. - John A. Widtsoe, "Evidences and Reconciliations," p.384

I testify that each of us, as followers of the Savior and members of his Church, can realize life while we live it, through service to our fellowman, devotion to our families, and adherence to the commandments of God. Shortly before he died, Sir Winston Churchill was invited to stand before the student body of a prestigious preparatory school in England. This was all that he had to say: "Never forsake the things that you know to be true. Never, never, never, never." May that blessing be ours. - David B. Haight, "A Light unto the World," p.153

I believe that few things in life deserve one’s complete confidence. I testify that the Church is worthy of our full trust. There is no inconsistency between truth and faith. I know that everyone who sincerely and righteously seeks to know this can have it spiritually confirmed. May we open up our minds, hearts, and spirits to the divine source of truth. May we reach above ourselves and beyond our mundane concerns and become heirs to the knowledge of all truth and to the abundant life promised by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. - James E. Faust, "The Abundant Life," Ensign (CR) November 1985

And therein lies a message for every young man and young woman in this Church. You may wonder if it is worth it to take a courageous moral stand in high school or to go on a mission only to have your most cherished beliefs reviled or to strive against much in society that sometimes ridicules a life of religious devotion. Yes, it is worth it, because the alternative is to have our “houses” left unto us “desolate”—desolate individuals, desolate families, desolate neighborhoods, and desolate nations. - Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Cost—and Blessings—of Discipleship,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

Look for the biggest dust cloud billowing above the most dirt that is kicked at One who was most opposed, challenged, and rejected, beaten, abandoned, and crucified, One who descended below all things, and there you will find the truth, the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind. Why did they not leave Him alone?

Why? Because He is the truth, and the truth will always be opposed. - Lawrence E. Corbridge, “The Prophet Joseph Smith,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

Spiritual truth cannot be ignored—especially divine commandments. Keeping divine commandments brings blessings, every time! Breaking divine commandments brings a loss of blessings, every time! - Russell M. Nelson, “Let Your Faith Show,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

It is by loving these truths with all of our heart that an affinity develops between us and the Source of truth itself, “for intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; [and] virtue loveth virtue.” Hence, we shall discover that the things we value and appreciate the most are those that we personally learned from the Lord. - Robert R. Steuer, “Being Teachable,” Ensign (CR) April 2002

All truth and knowledge is important, but amidst the constant distractions of our daily lives, we must especially pay attention to increasing our gospel knowledge so we can understand how to apply gospel principles to our lives. As our gospel knowledge increases, we will begin to feel confident in our testimonies and be able to state, “I know it.” - Ann M. Dibb, “I Know It. I Live It. I Love It.” Ensign (CR) October 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints possesses the full truth relative to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the one divine plan of salvation, and also the authority to officiate in God's name in the upbuilding of the Church of Christ. There is but one gospel; there can be but one Priesthood; there is but one Church which encompasses the whole truth of the gospel, and into which all truth may find its place. In that sense the Church claims to possess the full fundamental truth, call it monopoly if you choose, necessary for full salvation in the celestial kingdom of God. This the Church does humbly and gratefully, keenly sensible of its high commission and vast responsibility, to lead all mankind into a fulness of the knowledge leading to eternal progression in the presence of the Lord. - John A. Widtsoe, "Evidences and Reconciliations," p. 24

With man's wisdom alone, one cannot know the truth. This is evidenced by a survey taken in New Zealand last year, in which there were 411 different churches listed. Hence the need of divine revelation to interpret the teachings of the prophets, and this church is built upon divine revelation. - LeGrand Richards, "Conference Report," April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p.87

Truth is not always convenient. The commandments of God are not always convenient. They do not bend themselves to our convenience. Truth does not adapt itself to what we wish it were. We had better adapt our lives to what it is. We had better adapt our lives to the commandments of God, whether they are convenient or not. - Richard L. Evans, "Conference Report," October 1956, Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.101

Prophets ancient and modern implore us not to let human foibles, faults, or weaknesses—others’ or our own—cause us to miss the truths, covenants, and redeeming power in His restored gospel. This is especially important in a church where we each grow through our imperfect participation. The Prophet Joseph said, “I never told you I was perfect; but there is no error in the revelations which I have taught.” - Gerrit W. Gong, “Always Remember Him,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

Truth has been defined as a knowledge of things past, present, and future. How may we gain a knowledge of past, present, and future? Knowledge of things past comes by careful study. Knowledge of things present comes from careful observation. Knowledge of things future comes from being aware of prophetic utterances. - J. Thomas Fyans, "Make Haste to Obey," Ensign (CR), May 1975, p.88

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