I developed a curiosity for truth when my devoted and true-hearted daughter left our family religion of Mormonism. I committed myself to find out why. My new curiosity for truth began to teach me that I knew much less about truth than I thought. Mormons teach they are the only true religion. Why look for truth, when you belong to the only true church and feel what you have is better and more complete than all others?
A relationship between Humility and Curiosity
Soon after my daughter left Mormonism, along with a new curiosity for truth, I became more humble and soft-hearted. The Book of Mormon, which I still believe in although I have left Mormonism, explains when we are humble we receive more.
He that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word: and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God, until he know them in full. Alma 12:10
The relationship between humility and curiosity leads to the assimilation of truth.
Hugh Nibley, a well-known Mormon, made controversial, but true statements about Mormons in general:
Our search for knowledge should be ceaseless, which mean that it is open-ended….Correct knowledge is necessary to cast out a contentious spirit. The cure for inadequate knowledge is “ever more light and knowledge.”….There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught, therefore they must die in their ignorance.” …..True knowledge never shuts the door on more knowledge……Adam and Abraham have the truth, far greater and more truth than what we have, and yet the particular genius of each was that he was constantly “seeking for greater light and knowledge.”
Due to my increased humility and curiosity for truth, I find myself stopping to consider books, the words people speak, and all life experiences that flow into my existence assessing each for truth.
I began to realize I had a built-in guidance system to gently whisper as to whether to continue to read a book, to pursue a friendship or to continue to be around a certain group of people. There is no restriction on who can receive truth, light, knowledge or intelligence. Every man receives equally. We do not need men, leaders, or rules to tell us what is the truth. We each have a built-in GPS that can guide us perfectly if we learn to listen and trust this built-in system.
And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit. D&C 84:46
Curiosity for Truth brings joy
We fear what we do not understand, and fears keep us imprisoned. When we develop a curiosity for truth it leads to acquiring intelligence that should make us feel excited and grateful. The following scripture reminds us truth should appeal to the heart and mind:
It should bring joy. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy;” D&C 11:13
New places I am discovering truth
I started doing yoga, which led me to study Yogi Budgen, which led me to study Buddha, which led me to study energy work, which led me to study galaxies, stars, moon, and the sun, which led me to read and think about Hindu and Tao quotes, etc. etc. I am discovering truth in many new places and it brings me great joy.
- Energy Work
- Study Galaxies, Stars, Moon, and the Sun
- Other Religions
- Etc., etc…
To explore more about truth check out my blog “Truth is scattered everywhere”.
Video about curiosity
Take a look at this short video. Does curiosity increase intelligence?
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