A few notes about seeking truth

“One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from where it may.”-Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:499

“I advise all to go on to perfection, and search deeper and deeper into the mysteries of Godliness.” -Joseph Smith, Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 364

“We seek for truth wherever we might find it.”-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “What Is Truth?”, CES Devotional, 2013

“How can we have freedom of religion if we are not free to compare honestly, to choose wisely, and to worship according to the dictates of our own conscience? While searching for the truth, we must be free to change our mind—even to change our religion—in response to new information and inspiration… One’s religion is not imposed by others. It is not predetermined. It is a very personal and sacred choice, nestled at the very core of human dignity.”-Russell M. Nelson, “Freedom to Do and Be”, International Scientific and Practical Conference, “Religious Freedom: Transition and Globalization”

“In the kingdom of God, the search for truth is appreciated, encouraged, and in no way repressed or feared.”-Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, General Conference, Apr. 2014

"A man in search of truth has no peculiar system to sustain, nor peculiar dogma to defend or theory to uphold; he embraces all truth, and that truth, like the sun in the firmament, shines forth and spreads its effulgent rays over all creation, and if men will divest themselves of bias and prejudice, and prayerfully and conscientiously search after truth, they will find it wherever they turn their attention.”-John Taylor, Journal of Discourses Vol. 16, p. 370

“The honest investigator must be prepared to follow wherever the search of truth may lead. Truth is often found in the most unexpected places. He must, with fearless and open mind 'insist that facts are far more important than any cherished, mistaken beliefs.’”-Hugh B. Brown, General Conference, Oct. 1962

…The thing about truth is that it exists beyond belief. It is true even if nobody believes it.”-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, What Is Truth?, CES Fireside, Jan. 2013

“We are open to truth of every kind, no matter whence it comes, where it originates, or who believes in it. Truth, when preceded by the little word ‘all,’ comprises everything that has ever existed or that ever will exist and be known by and among men in time and through the endless ages of eternity; and it is the duty of all intelligent beings who are responsible and amenable to God for their acts, to search after truth, and to permit it to influence them and their acts and general course in life, independent of all bias or preconceived notions, however specious and plausible they may be.”-John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, p. 369

“A fact is a fact, all truth issues forth from the Fountain of truth, and the sciences are facts as far as men have proved them. 'Mormonism,’ so-called, embraces every principle pertaining to life and salvation, for time and eternity. No matter who has it. If the infidel has got truth it belongs to 'Mormonism.’ The truth and sound doctrine possessed by the sectarian world, and they have a great deal, all belongs to this Church… 'Mormonism’ includes all truth. There is no truth but what belongs to the Gospel.”-Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p.4

“If faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak.”

-George A. Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 14, p. 216

“The essential thought must ever be that a man does not, except in his spiritual infancy, accept a statement merely because the Church or someone in authority declares it correct, but because, under mature examination, it is found to be true and right and worthwhile.”-John A. Widtsoe, Program of the Church, p. 24

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