We can still have faith in Christ, even when we struggle to understand the gospel.
With modern technology, we have so much knowledge at our fingertips—yet, having resources that are only a few taps away doesn’t mean we can answer all of life’s questions.
Our current scientific theories can’t explain how gravity works—we just know that it does. Whether or not we understand the reasons behind gravity, we can still live a normal, happy life.
The same is true of the gospel. We can’t explain every aspect of the gospel, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Even though we don’t understand all of God’s reasoning, we can live happy, meaningful lives as we continue to live the gospel.
If you’re struggling to understand an aspect of the gospel, Elder M. Russell Ballard offers the following three insights to help you remain firm in your faith and find resolution:
- Reflect on gospel truths you know to be true. The Church has so much to offer, such as the plan of salvation, which gives us knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father and a purpose to mortality. Review moments in your life when you received a testimony of these truths.
- Know that it’s okay if you don’t understand everything. As imperfect beings, we aren’t expected to comprehend all of God’s doings. The unexplainable isn’t unexplainable to God.
- Continue on the gospel path. As we sincerely search for answers and “continue on the gospel path,” we will find the answers to our questions. As Elder Ballard counsels, “Never fail to give equal time to the Lord through honest attempts to understand what the Lord has revealed.”
We can’t expect to understand every aspect of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not everything is explainable. But we can put our faith in God and live the gospel. As we do this, we will come to a knowledge of its truth for ourselves.
Read or watch Elder M. Russell Ballard’s full address “To Whom Shall We Go?” to learn more about having faith while seeking answers to gospel-related questions.
—Stephanie Fudge, Mormon Insights
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