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What is Truth?


What is truth? Learn how truth is knowledge, comes through the Spirit to the obedient, and is a name of Jesus Christ. Also learn how to find truth in God's scriptures, by hearing God's prophets, and through personal revelation.

Truth is Knowledge:

The scriptures clearly teach that truth is knowledge- past, present, or future. If a thought, phrase, or statement is not true it is in essence the lack of knowledge.
"And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;

"And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning" (D&C 93:24-25).

Christ is The Truth:

"The Truth" is one of the many names of Jesus Christ. Christ himself said:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life..." (John 14:6).

"I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (D&C 93:2).
To know truth we must come unto Jesus Christ and have faith in Him. Ones of the ways we can do this is through prayer.

Where is Truth Found?:

Knowledge, or truth, comes from God- He is the source. The word of God can be found in His scriptures, by hearing His prophets speak, and through personal revelation, which comes through His spirit.

Prophets Testify of Truth:

God calls prophets to testify of His truth. Elder M. Russell Ballard, a living apostle and prophet of God, said:
"A testimony is a witness or confirmation of eternal truth impressed upon individual hearts and souls through the Holy Ghost, whose primary ministry is to testify of truth, particularly as it relates to the Father and the Son."1

Truth Comes Through the Spirit:

It is by the power of God's Spirit, the Holy Ghost, that truth is made manifest unto us:
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth..." (John 16:13).

"And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things" (Moroni 10:5).

Truth Comes to the Obedient:

It is through our obedience that we gain additional knowledge and truth:
"He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth;

"And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.

"He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things" (D&C 93:26-28).
When we sin (are disobedient to God's commandments) our capacity to learn truth is diminished unless we repent and receive a remission of our sins, which only comes through the Atonement of Christ. When we are clean and once again obedient we can receive greater truth.

Truth Changes Lives:

Knowing- and applying- truth will change your life and help guide you when making important decisions. Elder Richard G. Scott, also an apostle and prophet of God, said:
"The process of identifying truth sometimes necessitates enormous effort coupled with profound faith in our Father and His glorified Son. God intended that it be so to forge your character.... Righteous character provides the foundation of spiritual strength. It enables you in times of trial and testing to make difficult, extremely important decisions correctly even when they seem overpowering."2
I know that truth is knowledge from God, which we can know as we seek Christ and His gospel. Learn how you can know the truth.

1 "Pure Testimony," Ensign, Nov 2004, 40–43.
2 "Truth: The Foundation of Correct Decisions," Ensign, Nov 2007, 90–92.

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