Love above ideology.
Relationships above theology.
Human connection above belief.
Love is a verb, an action, which means demonstrating understanding and compassion toward all those with whom we associate—regardless of anyone’s particular beliefs or ideologies. It means placing the virtue of kindness above our differences and being true and genuine friends to one another without judgment and without reservation. Only when we make our relationships a higher priority than our beliefs will love reign supreme in our neighborhoods, in our homes, and in our hearts.
Related Link: The Truth Awakening of a General Authority
Related Link: Four Essentials for Accepting Truth
One of my goals is to do anything I can to help those going through the pain of a truth awakening. Therefore, here are some of the frequently asked questions I receive through the contact form, and some of the answers I have given. I hope this will be helpful to anyone with similar questions.
Since launching this site a couple of months ago, I have been inspired by hundreds of emails from others going through similar experiences, sharing their stories, support, and appreciation through the contact form. As I have read your accounts, my heart has reached out to you during these difficult and painful periods of faith transition and truth awakening. One of the most frequently asked questions in these emails is something along the lines of “where do I go from here?” or “what is the real truth?” or “what do I believe now?” We will explore this important question in the following post.
How do we accept the truth? What ingredients are necessary for a person to change their most treasured beliefs if these beliefs are actually erroneous? Here we will review the “four essentials” for accepting truth. All four of these qualities are indispensable. If even one is missing or lacking, it will be extremely difficult for a person to accept and embrace reality. Let us review each one in turn:
After seeing all the evidence, the Ask Reality video series provides an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to understand how it is that our human minds were conditioned to believe something that is clearly false for so many years. These two videos will take a total of approximately 25 minutes to watch, which is certainly worth the time considering how much your understanding will increase:
You are viewing Part 5 of 5 of the Gentle Awakening Presentation Series, which introduces a possible roadmap for a way forward after discovering the truth regarding the Church.
Once the truth is learned regarding our church, there is usually a very important question that naturally follows. This question comes from an earnest heart and certainly merits our attention. It is usually something like the following:
“If the Church isn’t really true, then why have I felt the Spirit?”
“For there are many yet on the earth … who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it.” (D&C 123:12) The Gentle Awakening series provides a concise introduction to our church issues and is divided into five parts:
- Introduction: Is it possible that we might be mistaken?
- Foundational Problems: What are the real issues about our beginnings, about which we may not have been told the whole truth?
- Post-Foundational Problems: What are the real issues that arose after our beginnings, about which we may not have been told the whole truth?
- Theological Problems: If this is Christ’s true church, wouldn’t it follow His teachings?
- Roadmap: What should I do now?
Note: You can read the full PDF document containing all 5 parts at this link:
For optimal viewing, click the “Fullscreen” icon in the lower right corner of each presentation. If you wish to interrupt or skip any video segment and continue through the presentation, simply use the advance button at bottom of the full presentation screen.
Part 1: Introduction
See also: Four Essentials for Accepting Truth
Part 2: Foundational Problems
Part 3: Post-Foundational Problems
Part 4: Theological Problems
Part 5: Roadmap
See also: Why Have I Felt the Spirit?
Recently a popular phrase has emerged, coined by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf in his conference address “Come, Join With Us.” He counseled: “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” It is this topic we will address: how to deal with doubt.
“Honesty is the first chapter
in the book of wisdom.”
“Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.” ―Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams
“I don’t know anything. I never did know anything, but now I know I don’t know anything!” —Ebenezer Scrooge, in a Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens