If Any of You Lack Wisdom

Credit: Amanda Rasmussen and Hannah Kirkeiner

What is my purpose? How do I know I’m doing the right thing? How can I find happiness when I’m going through hard times? Questions like these often weigh on the minds of young adults across the world. But where do they go for answers? What does the search for truth and purpose look like for them? And how do they know when they’ve found what they were looking for?

A young man named Joseph Smith had similar questions 200 years ago. His search for answers led him to family, friends, the Bible, and eventually a grove of trees near his home where his prayer was heard and answered.

Over the next few weeks, this website will feature stories of young adults and how they’ve found answers to the most important questions in their lives. As you explore their stories, we invite you to think about your questions, the way you find answers, and the relevance of Joseph Smith’s experience to you.

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Learning to look and listen for God

Throughout her life, Kathryn Bjorling has felt isolated in her faith. During these time, she has had to learn to look...

Remembering that answers come by small and simple things

Thirty year-old Elizabeth Poole smiles at the camera after sharing her story about the importance of small and simple things.

Going through Liberty Jail moments

Lisa Kofford, a labor and delivery nurse living in Kansas City, Missouri, has found reflecting on Joseph Smith's experiences in Liberty Jail provides her the strength she needs to overcome her own trials.

Making time for God in a busy, technology-infused life

Riley Creer, a graduate student at Penn State University, has learned the importance of making time for God despite a busy...

Seek and ye shall find: Risking it all to discover the truth

The threat of execution, never seeing his family again and being barred from his home country weighed heavily on Saeed Al-Awlaqi’s mind as he pondered whether or not to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Enduring in the search for truth from Puerto Rico to New York

In his own experience searching for truth, Kevin Rodriguez felt a spiritual emptiness that could only be filled by seeking God...

Choosing to stay and find God in your extremities

Josh Flygare, a 30-year-old doctoral student studying nuclear engineering at Pennsylvania State University, has learned to...

Following a divine trail of breadcrumbs into uncertainty

Tara Hoellein, a student at Pennsylvania State University pursuing her Professional Performance Certificate (PPC) for viola, has learned that most often...

How young adults relate to Joseph Smith’s search for answers

Answers often come in unexpected ways. A meaningful friendship formed, a reassuring triumph, a eureka moment that clarifies the next steps in...