How to Know Truth And Gain a Testimony of It

You Can Know For Yourself if the LDS (Mormon) Church is Truly Christ's Church!

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Are you unsure about what is truth and what is not? To learn how you can know what is true, follow each of these five important steps.

This five step procedure can help you discover individual truths or many truths. For example, it can help you with the following:

    Use the procedure below to gain a testimony of any, and all, truth(s).

    1. Study and Ponder

    This is the first step you must master. To be convinced of the truth you must study it and think about it. This holds for any subject, whether it is the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, tithing or another truth.

    Study the scriptures about the topic you wish to have a testimony of. Ponder what you are studying. Think it over in your mind and heart and be open to the spirit. 

    Being open to the spirit means that the Holy Ghost can testify to you in your heart, as well as your mind.

    2. Have Faith in Christ

    Next you must have faith in Jesus Christ, because all truth comes from him. Have faith that he loves you. Have faith that he wants you to come unto him. Have faith that he will answer your prayers and that he is the creator of all truth.

    Your faith must be sincere when you ask for truth. In James 1:6 we are taught:

    But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

    3. Pray with Sincerity

    Jesus taught us that if we seek for an answer, we will receive one. However, we have to sincerely seek an answer through prayer. Also, we have to sincerely act on the answer we receive.

    If we are casual or uncommitted in any way, we likely will not receive an answer. When we seek, our hearts must be sincere.

    4. Listen For the Answer

    After we pray we must be open to the Lord's answer, which often comes through the influence of the Holy Ghost.

    It may not come right away. Sometimes we must go through a trial of our faith. We must keep praying and asking for an answer.

    Keep yourself worthy to receive the answer and be aware that answers come in many forms. It can be a quiet prompting or a distinct idea in your mind. The answer may also come indirectly from someone or something else.

    Keep your heart and mind open, and you will receive your answer.

    5. Act, Follow and Share

    Once you receive your answer, you must act upon it. For example, if you learn that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church, you should repent and be baptized.

    If you learn that the Book of Mormon is true, you should follow its teachings and continue to study it. You should also share your testimony with others. This will strengthen your testimony, as well as theirs.

    As you follow these steps you will receive a strong testimony of those things which are true.

    These 5 Steps Come From Scripture

    In the Book of Mormon, Moroni emphasized how important each of these steps are.

    Missionaries often point to this scripture passage and challenge those they teach to apply Moroni's advice:

    And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

    And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

    Additional Tools to Help You Know Truth

    There are some additions ways you can augment your search for truth:

    Abstain from food and drink of all kinds for a period of at least two meals up to as long as 24 hours. Fasting helps us to put aside the temporal flesh and focus on spiritual things.

    This will help you to be more in tune to the spirit. Focus your fast on gaining a testimony and not on the fact that you are hungry.

    By attending church and the temple, you put yourself in holy places where Heavenly Father can easily dwell. What is more, your answers may come through a talk, a lesson or a testimony from others.

    Updated by Krista Cook.