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Sunday, February 3, 2013

President Uchtdorf - Discover Truth

I loved the January CES Fireside talk, given by President Uchtdorf.  He talked about searching for truth and holding on to it when we find it.  Here is a link to his talk, and a couple of my favorite parts:
President Uchtdorf's talk on Truth

“Never before has it been more important to learn how to correctly discern between truth and error,” 

He asked 3  questions:
What is truth?” 
Is it really possible to know the truth?” and 
How should we react to things that contradict truths we have learned previously?

“The elusive nature of truth has been a favorite theme of history’s great poets and storytellers. … Now, never in the history of the world have we had easier access to more information—some of it true, some of it false, and much of it partially true. Consequently, never in the history of the world has it been more important to learn how to correctly discern between truth and error.”

One example he used was that in spite of one-time overwhelming consensus, the earth isn’t flat. The scriptures also contain stories of men and women who misinterpreted truth.
“In some ways we are all susceptible to such strange thinking,” he said. “The ‘truths’ we cling to shape the quality of our societies as well as our individual characters. All too often these ‘truths’ are based on incomplete and inaccurate evidence, and at times they serve very selfish motives.”

He goes on to explain the difference between Truth and Belief.  Truth is eternal-it has always and will always exist.  No matter what our beliefs are, it doesn't change the truth.   Satan is the great deceiver and is out to hide, mask, distort, and change what we think is true.   
We have an obligation to seek for truth and one way we can find out if what we have learned is true, is to ask God, as it says in James 1:5.  Because of the Gift of the Holy Ghost, we can be taught the truth of all things.  
This was a wonderful talk by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency.  Check it out!

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