I've been studying truth this month. It seems like every time I turn around I'm being taught yet another important nuance of what it means to tell the truth, how to discern truth, and where to find truth.
Today I realized again that most of the time truth is right in front of you, if you will only open your eyes to see it. As we know, all things testify that there is a God...He made the earth in such a way, that this is so.
A few weeks ago, I read a popular book (recently released as a movie) that reviewers said would "make you believe in God." I read it based on that promise and was sorely disappointed. I got a lot that I hadn't bargain for, but reading the book only left me feeling empty and duped.
The evening after I finished the book, I was giving my baby a bath. Her eyes sparkled as she wiggled around in the shallow water. The spirit touched me and taught me a great lesson.
I knew in that instant that five minutes of watching my baby float around in two inches of water made me believe in God more deeply and love him more completely than an entire week spent reading about Pi Patel floating on a life boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
That was truth that I did not need to go to the library to find. It was right there in front of me. The book I read was gory, but well-written...beautifully written, in fact. My baby used no words but taught me a much better lesson.
Today, I was presented with yet another lesson about truth. It was also truth that was right in front of me, the whole time.
I opened my Book of Mormon to the beginning in order to start a new course of personal study for the new year. I planned on skipping over the title page, but a highlighted section in the introduction caught my eye.
The question of why it is so hard to find a book that truly enlightens has been rolling around in my head lately...and right here was my answer.
It said, "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."
And there was my answer. No other book can compare with scripture. No other book is more correct than The Book of Mormon. No other book will help you get nearer to God.
So, if you are looking for a good, unadulterated, life-improving read. I'd start there.