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President Uchtdorf: Seeking Truth Leads to Increased Understanding of Others

The connection between seeking truth and increased understanding of others was one of the messages shared Sunday night by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at a worldwide Church Educational System (CES) broadcast.


“As you accept the responsibility to seek after truth with an open mind and a humble heart, you will become more tolerant of others, more open to listen, more prepared to understand, more inclined to build up instead of tearing down, and you will be more willing to go where God wants you to go,” President Uchtdorf said.

President Uchtdorf also relayed the fundamental Latter-day Saint beliefs (found in the Articles of Faith) in seeking after anything that is “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy” whatever the source may be, and that God “will yet reveal many great and important things” to His children.

Additionally, President Uchtdorf said that Latter-day Saints are “not asked to blindly accept everything they hear.” Rather, members are “encouraged to think and discover truth” for themselves and “to ponder, to search, to evaluate and thereby to come to a personal knowledge of the truth.”

The worldwide broadcast was held in Provo, Utah.

Watch President Uchtdorf’s entire address.


Related Resources on

  • Mormon and Modern”: This commentary explains that Mormons welcome truth from whatever source and take the pragmatic view that where religion and science seem to clash, it is simply because there are insufficient data to reconcile the two.
  • Truth and Tolerance”: A worldwide CES address given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in September 2011.

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