Primary General President Rosemary M. Wixom spoke about the journey from doubt to returning to faith at the Sunday morning session of general conference on April 5.
Sister Wixom recounted the story of a woman who was sealed in the temple to a returned missionary and had children but who struggled with doubts and questions regarding her faith and ultimately became less active in church.
In an effort to discover what she really believed, the young woman read a story of Mother Theresa, who at one point struggled with her faith. Mother Theresa received this response from Archibishop Perier: “God guides you, dear Mother; you are not so much in the dark as you think. The path to be followed may not always be clear at once. Pray for light; do not decide too quickly, listen to what others have to say, consider their reasons. You will always find something to help you … guided by faith, by prayer and by reason, with a right intention, you have enough.”
Sister Wixom encouraged church members struggling with their faith to hold on to what they know, until further knowledge from God comes. She counseled members to pray for faith and to attempt to rebuild their testimonies with basic gospel truths.
She quoted the young woman struggling with her faith as she rediscovered the Lord in her life. “I came to know more fervently that answers to our sincere questions come when we earnestly seek and when we live the commandments. I was reminded that our faith can reach beyond the limits of current reason,” Sister Wixom quoted.
Sister Wixom promised that as members seek the Lord, he will provide simple and peaceful assurances.