Quotes on Truth

See also: D&C 93:24

What on earth have a man’s name, degree, academic position, and, of all things, opinions, to do with whether a thing is true or not? Of All Things, Classic Quotations from Hugh Nibley, p. 1

I am simply announcing, as it were, a few basic, fundamental, eternal truths about the nature and kind of being that we worship.  It is my pattern and custom simply to teach and testify.  I do not debate and I do not argue.  If someone wants to contend to the contrary, he is just as welcome as the day is long to do so.  But let us understand this.  When we deal with God and his laws, when we get in the realm of spiritual things, we are dealing with the things that save souls, and at our peril we are obligated to find the truth.  The whole sectarian world sits out here, and they suppose that they have some truth and that they are pursuing a course that will save them.  But God has restored the everlasting gospel to us.  We have the power of God unto salvation in our hands, as it were.  It is our obligation to come to an understanding of what is involved so that we can live in such a manner that the fullness of these blessings and rewards will come to us. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “The Lord God of Joseph Smith,” Speeches of the Year, January 4, 1972, p. 7

To those with an interest in the fulness of the restored gospel–regardless of nationality or religious background – we say as did Elder Bruce R. McConkie:  “Keep all the truth and all the good that you have.  Do not abandon any sound or proper principle.  Do not forsake any standard of the past which is good, righteous, and true.  Every truth found in every church in all the world we believe.  But we also say this to all men – Come and take the added light and truth that God has restored in our day.  The more truth we have, the greater is our joy here and now; the more truth we receive, the greater is our reward in eternity.  This is our invitation to men [and women] of good will everywhere.”  (In Tahiti Area Conference Report, March 1976, p. 31.) — Elder Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, May 1994, p. 70

President Heber J. Grant noted that Galileo’s theory nearly cost him his life:  “When Galileo announced that the earth revolved, they passed the sentence of death upon him.  They thought it was too bad to kill the poor fool who thought the world revolved and was round, so they concluded to let him off if he would pledge himself not to teach this doctrine.  But he could not keep the truth back and quietly taught it.  So they arranged to make him lie down in front of the church where they were worshiping God on this stationary earth and let everybody step on him to show their contempt, and when they all had stepped on him, he got up and said, ‘Well, it goes around just the same.'” — President Heber J. Grant, Gospel Standards, p. 321; Church News, August 20, 1994, p. 16

In your pursuit of truth, remember that while some truths matter more than others, all true principles are a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  There is no true principle that we need to fear. . . .

However, there is a lot in the world that attempts to pass itself off as truth when it is not.  A good education will help you to distinguish between sense and nonsense.  As you also receive real literacy in things spiritual, you will have added discernment with which to weigh and test ideas and assertions as you make decisions and judgments.

In addition to being serious about your scholarship, do not be unduly fearful about conditions in the world.  Be noticing.  Be aware.  But be of good cheer, and also be about your Father’s business.  The Lord has promised us, again and again, that he will watch over his people and lead them along. — President Spencer W. Kimball, “Acquiring Spiritual Literacy,” address at BYU September 30, 1980

 . . . belief can tolerate the presence of unbelief, and truth the presence of error, but not the reverse.  The strength of truth rests within itself, while error and falsehood must dominate their environment to survive.  The spirit of one is peace; the spirit of the other is contention.  Persecution is often born of the fear of detection, while patience and long-suffering are born of the confidence of the Spirit. — Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, pp. 301-02

It is the easiest thing in the world to believe the truth.  It is a great deal easier to believe truth than error.  It is easier to defend truth than to defend error. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 19:42

The earth is spherical.  If all the four billion people in the world think it flat, they are in error.  That is an absolute truth, and all the arguing in the world will not change it. Weights will not suspend themselves in the air, but when released will fall earthward.  The law of gravity is an absolute truth.  It never varies.  Greater laws can overcome lesser ones, but that does not change their undeniable truth. . . . 

God, our Heavenly Father – Elohim – lives.  That is an absolute truth.  All four billion of the children of men on the earth might be ignorant of him and his attributes and his powers, but he still lives.  All the people on the earth might deny him and disbelieve, but he lives in spite of them.  They may have their own opinions, but he still lives, and his form, powers, and attributes do not change according to men’s opinions.  In short, opinion alone has no power in the matter of an absolute truth.  He still lives.  And Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Almighty, the Creator, the Master of the only true way of life – the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The intellectual may rationalize him out of existence and the unbeliever may scoff, but Christ still lives and guides the destinies of his people.  That is an absolute truth; there is no gainsaying. — President Spencer W. Kimball, “Absolute Truth,” BYU Devotional, September 6, 1977

Truth is what we are after, and we are not afraid of the doctrines of any man; we are willing to stand by the revelations of God. The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, p. 63