< Do You Need Different Glasses? >
If you are confused, frustrated, or even angry about certain things, it might be helpful to consider what lenses you’re looking through. Think about what perceptions you might need to adjust or get rid of. Think about what truth you know and choose to put on those glasses of truth so you can see things more clearly.
< Consciously Make Truth Part of Your Big Picture Choices >
When you understand a truth you can make a choice to believe it and act on it. In this way it can become one of your big picture choices. Click here to understand more about big picture choices.
< Identifying Statements of Truth >
If you would like a little help in figuring out how to pull statements of truth from scriptures or conference talks, seminary lessons might help. You can find seminary lesson manuals in Gospel Library or online. The lessons have truths marked in bold. As you look at the block of scripture mentioned in the lesson you can look to see what the scripture says compared to how the truth is summarized. This can help you learn to do the same thing on your own.
< Focus on Different Types of Truth for Different Problems >
Any truth will help you see more clearly. There is general gospel truth, but there is also truth about God (His qualities) and truth about you as an individual. How you view any and all of these truths will affect how you view everything around us.
Focusing on truth about God can help strengthen your understanding of and faith in His power and love. President Nelson has encouraged this type of study:
“As you read [The Book of Mormon], I would encourage you to mark each verse that speaks of or refers to the Savior. Then, be intentional about talking of Christ, rejoicing in Christ, and preaching of Christ with your families and friends (See 2 Nephi 25:26). You and they will be drawn closer to the Savior through this process. And changes, even miracles, will begin to happen.” 10/2018
“By taking upon ourselves the name of Christ, we commit to take His teachings, His characteristics, and ultimately His love deep into our beings so that they become part of who we are. Thus the importance of President Russell M. Nelson’s invitation to the young adults to ‘prayerfully and vigorously [seek] to understand what each of [the Savior’s] various titles and names means personally for [them]’ and to feast on the words of Christ in the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon.” -Paul B. Pieper 10/2018
Focusing on understanding truth about yourself (or helping a child focus on understanding truth about themselves) can help build confidence, lessen the impact of peer pressure, and develop motivation from a sense of individual purpose. You could learn truth about yourself by:
- praying to see and understand your personal gifts
- studying your patriarchal blessing
- attending the temple
- recording insights about yourself
- or others ways as directed by the Holy Ghost who will greatly support you in this effort because God really wants you to understand who you really are
< Find Additional Power by Connecting More Than One Truth >
Truths build on each other. Connecting them in this way increases clarity and understanding as well as the power the truths can create in your life when you act on them. Explore the concept of the power of connection in “Gather Together in One All Things in Christ” by David A. Bednar (10/2018).