And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
Plant the seeds for change by making a firm commitment to God’s truth.
In all of our relationships, we have a choice, to build them on truth. There is a lot of depth to this topic. If you are not genuine in how you portray yourself, if you put on an act, don’t own up to what you feel and where you’re at, it’s like building your relationship on a foundation with the stability of a house of cards. Eventually the wear and tear of pretending to be something that you’re not wears off, and it leaves your relationship on very fragile terms because it wasn’t built on the reality of truth.
Doctrine and Covenants 93:24-25
And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come; And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning.
I think all of us go through a time where we feel unaccepted for who we are; that everything that makes us who we are isn’t good enough. And truth, be told, for some people, that’s the case, we’re not good enough for them. Often, when we have a continual encounter with people who don’t accept us, rather reject us, we fall into a pattern of rejection. First, rejection of ourselves and eventually rejection of others. This rejection causes us to begin hiding who we really are, because as we all know, rejection is painful and nobody likes pain. But, the reality is, that God made us all the way we are for a reason. You could say that God is the sum total of truth, in fact He is the embodiment of truth, and within each of us he instilled a portion of that truth. When we tune into His truth, we also tune into our own.
When we tune into God’s truth, it is there that we find our identity, our happiness and joy, and it is there that we shine. When we reject God’s truth, we also reject our own truth and our identity is gradually lost and we find ourselves pretending to be something that deep inside we know isn’t who we really are. If we continue on the path of rejecting truth, eventually the truth that He gave us will atrophy, until it is not longer there. The truth that we once had at that point is replaced by the lie and the lie becomes the new reality, and our identity is rewritten into something that God never intended it to be.
Doctrine and Covenants 93:39
“And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers.”
The neat thing is, when we choose to tune into God’s truth, we are on a path of embracing truth everywhere truth is found, including within ourselves and the ones we love. And if we are truly connected to truth, we will embrace truth where ever we find it, for “truth embraceth truth” (D&C 93:40). “Truth [also] abideth and hath no end” (D&C 88:66), which means, that we are on a growing, expanding path, full of adventure that’s going to keep progressing, as long as we stay tuned into the head of all truth, even God himself.
As long as this connection to God remains intact, we will find a greater acceptance of the truth that He gave us to shine and our confidence in who we are and what God intends us to be will grow, until what we have is a foundation that any other relationship can build on, without fear of toppling when the wind blows.
The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 191
“The proclamation of the first principles of the Gospel was a means of salvation to men individually; and it was the truth, not men, that saved them;…”
As that fun Sunday School song goes,
“The wise man built his house upon a rock…and the rain came tumbling down. The rain came down and the floods came up…but the house on the rock stood firm.”
If we want our relationship houses to “stand firm” we have to build them on Truth.
Assignment for Dare One:
Take some time today to make a connection with God.
~Thoughts From A Mother’s Heart