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  • 1. Divine Truth Chapter 1Introduction 2. All blessings from God are predicated upon obedience to eternal law and truth (see D&C Discovering what truth is and applying it in our 130:20–21).lives are the most important things we can do 3. The word of the Lord is truth and is of thewhile on earth. Only by gaining a knowledge of greatest value (see 1 Corinthians 2:9–16;the truth are we able to build the kingdom of God Colossians 3:2; 2 Nephi 9:28–29; D&C 84:45).and prepare for eternal life. 4. By following Christ we gain truth, which will make us free (see John 8:31–32).Doctrinal Outline 5. Those who gain more truth than others in this life have an advantage in the world to come (seeA. Divine truth is absolute reality. D&C 130:18–19; Alma 37:44).1. Truth is knowledge of things as they really are, 6. We cannot be saved in ignorance (see D&C 131:6; were, and are to come (see D&C 93:24; Jacob 4:13). John 17:3).2. Truth is eternal (see Psalm 117:2; D&C 1:37–39; 88:66). Supporting Statements3. Divine truth is absolute (see Alma 7:20; Helaman 8:24; Moroni 8:18; D&C 3:2). A. Divine truth is absolute reality.B. All divine truth is possessed by God and ■ “It is vital to know that there really is a God, thatimparted by Him to His children. there really is a Savior, Jesus Christ, that there really1. God is a god of truth (see Ether 3:12; is impending immortality for all men, that there Deuteronomy 32:4; John 14:6; D&C 93:11, 26). really will be a judgment with genuine personal accountability, and that there really is purpose in life2. All things are known by God (see 2 Nephi 2:24; 9:20; Alma 26:35). and a divine plan of happiness for man. “When we know such basic truths as these, then3. All light and truth proceed from God to His we know what really matters, how to approach life children (see D&C 88:11–13; Proverbs 2:6). and how to view man in the universe. There is great4. God uses the Holy Ghost to impart truth (see power in perspective. Therefore, the adverb ‘really,’ 1 Nephi 10:19; D&C 50:19–22; 91:4). as used by Jacob [Jacob 4:13], is deeply significant”C. Adherence to revealed truth brings great (Neal A. Maxwell, Things As They Really Are, 4).blessings and, ultimately, salvation. ■ “We are willing to receive all truth, from1. Truth is given by the Spirit “for the salvation of whatever source it may come; for truth will stand, our souls” (Jacob 4:13). truth will endure. . . . Truth is at the foundation, at the bottom and top of, and it entirely permeates this great work of the Lord that was established through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith, the prophet” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 1). ■ “This true way of life [the gospel] is not a matter of opinion. There are absolute truths and relative truths. . . . There are many ideas advanced to the world that have been changed to meet the needs of the truth as it has been discovered. There are relative truths, and there are also absolute truths which are the same yesterday, today, and forever—never changing. These absolute truths are not altered by the opinions of men. As science has expanded our understanding of the physical world, certain accepted ideas of science have had to be abandoned in the interest of truth. Some of these seeming truths were stoutly maintained for centuries. The sincere searching of science often rests only on the threshold of truth, whereas revealed facts give us certain absolute truths as a beginning point so we may come to understand the nature of man and the purpose of his life. . . .2
  • 2. Chapter 1 “We learn about these absolute truths by beingtaught by the Spirit. These truths are ‘independent’in their spiritual sphere and are to be discoveredspiritually, though they may be confirmed byexperience and intellect. (See D&C 93:30.) . . . “God, our Heavenly Father—Elohim—lives.That is an absolute truth. . . . All the people on theearth might deny him and disbelieve, but he livesin spite of them. . . . In short, opinion alone has nopower in the matter of an absolute truth. He stilllives. And Jesus Christ is the Son of God, theAlmighty, the Creator, the Master of the only trueway of life—the gospel of Jesus Christ. Theintellectual may rationalize him out of existenceand the unbeliever may scoff, but Christ still livesand guides the destinies of his people. That is anabsolute truth; there is no gainsaying. . . . “The Gods organized and gave life to man andplaced him on the earth. This is absolute. It cannot “The Apostles Peter and John, for example, hadbe disproved. A million brilliant minds might little secular learning—being termed ignorant, inconjecture otherwise, but it is still true” (Spencer W. fact. But Peter and John knew the vital things of life,Kimball, “Absolute Truth,” Ensign, Sept. 1978, 3–4). that God lives and that the crucified, resurrectedB. All divine truth is possessed by God and Lord is the Son of God. They knew the path toimparted by Him to His children. eternal life. They learned that mortality is the time■ “The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, as one God, to learn first of God and his gospel and to receiveare the fountain of truth. From this fountain all the the saving priesthood ordinances.ancient learned philosophers have received their “Yet secular knowledge can be most helpful toinspiration and wisdom—from it they have the children of our Father in Heaven who, havingreceived all their knowledge. If we find truth in placed first things first, have found and are livingbroken fragments through the ages, it may be set those truths which lead one to eternal life. Thesedown as an incontrovertible fact that it originated are they who have the balance and perspective toat the fountain, and was given to philosophers, seek all knowledge—revealed and secular—as ainventors, patriots, reformers, and prophets by the tool and servant for the blessing of themselves andinspiration of God. It came from him through his others” (Spencer W. Kimball, “Seek Learning, EvenSon Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, in the first by Study and Also by Faith,” Ensign, Sept. 1983, 3).place, and from no other source. It is eternal” C. Adherence to revealed truth brings great(Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 30). blessings and, ultimately, salvation.■ “The philosophy of the heavens and the earth ■ “Much of really living consists of acquiringof the worlds that are, that were, and that are yet perspective about everlasting things so that we canto come into existence, is all the Gospel that we successfully manage the transitory factual things,have embraced. Every true philosopher, so far as for tactical choices do crowd in upon us all hourhe understands the principles of truth, has so by hour. Knowing the facts about a bus schedule,much of the Gospel, and so far he is a Latter-day for instance, is helpful, but such facts are clearlySaint, whether he knows it or not. Our Father, the not the lasting or emancipating truths Jesus spokegreat God, is the author of the sciences, he is the of as being necessary to experience real freedom,great mechanic, he is the systematizer of all things, for ‘the truth shall make you free.’ (John 8:32.)”he plans and devises all things, and every particle (Maxwell, Things As They Really Are, 2).of knowledge which man has in his possession is ■ “We consider that God has created man with athe gift of God” (Brigham Young, Discourses of mind capable of instruction, and a faculty whichBrigham Young, 2–3). may be enlarged in proportion to the heed and■ “What is this knowledge, intelligence, and diligence given to the light communicated fromlight and truth that our Heavenly Father would heaven to the intellect; and that the nearer manhave us receive? Does it consist solely of the approaches perfection, the clearer are his views,truths God has revealed through his prophets? and the greater his enjoyments, till he hasWhat place does knowledge gleaned from secular overcome the evils of his life and lost every desiresources and with secular means have in the for sin; and like the ancients, arrives at that pointscheme of eternal progression? of faith where he is wrapped in the power and “In considering these questions, we must glory of his Maker and is caught up to dwell withrecognize that secular knowledge alone can Him. But we consider that this is a station tonever save a soul nor open the celestial kingdom which no man ever arrived in a moment” (Josephto anyone. Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 51). 3