Rosemary Wixom describes a spiritually healthy way to respond to tough answers we may receive when asking questions about the gospel.
“As the questions [grow] harder, so [do] the answers. And sometimes there [are] no answers—or no answers that [bring] peace.” Rosemary Wixom points out in her April 2015 general conference address, “Returning to Faith,” that the process of questioning and receiving answers is a difficulty that many Church members face. It can be soul-stretching to continually ask and receive no direct answer, or to receive an answer that is as soul-stretching as the question itself.
Many members of the Church frequently find themselves backed up against this wall of uncertainty, and these types of questions can cause a battle between faith and fear, trust and doubt.
Sister Wixom says that when we confront difficult questions, doubt doctrines of the gospel, or wonder about specific actions of Church leaders, it can be helpful to take a step back and rebuild faith in basic gospel truths. When we feel as though God does not give us personal answers to specific questions we may have, the answer may be to broaden our scope and to seek reassurance of simple truths such as a living prophet, God’s love and omniscience, or the Restoration.
Faith by nature requires trust in the face of incomplete knowledge, but Sister Wixom reminds us that “our faith can reach beyond the limits of current reason.” Demonstrations of faith in God and his timing may bring specific answers or “quiet, simple assurances.” Most often we will receive divine peace, which can be more powerful and reassuring than the fact-based knowledge we originally requested.
—Mark T. Hales, Mormon Insights
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