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May 10, 2021 - Doubt your doubts

It’s natural to have questions—the acorn of honest inquiry has often sprouted and matured into a great oak of understanding. There are few members of the Church who, at one time or another, have not wrestled with serious or sensitive questions. One of the purposes of the Church is to nurture and cultivate the seed of faith—even in the sometimes sandy soil of doubt and uncertainty. Faith is to hope for things which are not seen but which are true.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Come, Join with Us", General Conference, October 2013

We all have questions. We all scratch our heads at some times. We all wonder why this or that happened. But we may never truly understand the why's in this life. It is not always for us to understand why. It is for us, however, to walk by faith and believe. That is what we can and should do.

In this talk, Elder Uchtdorf says to "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith".

It is natural to be influenced by the negative sources that are all around us. We tend to pay attention to the one who yells the loudest. That's just mortality. And the opposition is loud, even overbearing and overwhelming.

The challenge of mortality is to pay attention to God and to Christ. That's hard to do when They speak quietly and softly. So we have to adjust our focus so we can hear them. That's difficult. That takes intent. That takes purpose. That takes a lot of practice.

So, let's focus on our tiny seed of belief and let's not get scared, or angry, or overwhelmed by all the weeds sprouting up. Our tiny seed will grow and eventually overrun the weeds. We just need to believe and trust, especially when just barely sprouting.

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