Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Truth revealed by spiritual light

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President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, speaks at the Saturday morning session of general conference, 4 October 2014. (Mormon Newsroom)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, speaks at the Saturday morning session of general conference, Oct. 4, 2014. (Mormon Newsroom)

SALT LAKE CITY — President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency closed the Saturday morning general session by speaking about how to learn the truth of spiritual matters.

As is his custom, President Uchtdorf began by relating an experience from his days as a pilot. “Watching the night sky out of my cockpit window, especially the Milky Way, often made me marvel at the vastness and depth of God’s creations,” he said.

He noted that only relatively recently have astronomers known that other galaxies existed in the universe. “The immensity of the universe didn’t suddenly change, but our ability to see and understand this truth changed dramatically,” he said. “And with that greater light, mankind was introduced to glorious vistas we had never before imagined.”

Just as increased physical light leads to physical discoveries, increased “heavenly light” leads to spiritual knowledge, President Uchtdorf said. “The more we incline our hearts and minds toward God, the more heavenly light distills upon our souls. Gradually, things that before seemed hazy, dark and remote become clear, bright and familiar with us.”

President Uchtdorf offered a set of steps to gaining a knowledge of spiritual truth. First, you must search the word of God. Second, consider, ponder and fearlessly strive to believe. Third, ask Heavenly Father to make the truth manifest. And fourth, do God’s will.

The process of gathering spiritual light is the quest of a lifetime, President Uchtdorf said. “If you seek God’s truth, that which now may appear dim, out of focus and distant will gradually be revealed, clarified and become close to your heart by the light of God’s grace. … Spiritual light is within the reach of every child of God. It will enlighten your mind, bring healing to your heart and joy to your days.”

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