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Truth and love

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Truth and love
Graphic by Brian Hartwell

Love always trumps doctrine. I’ve also heard this principle expressed as ‘Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.’

Many people in this world are obsessed with being right, having the right doctrine, having the right knowledge, believing the right gospel. It is laudable to want to be right, but how can we be sure we are right about the mysteries of the world? How can we be right about things that have not happened yet? Until we experience death for ourselves, we will never really know the truth of what happens after we die, or what the big answers are to the meaning of this life, and perhaps not even in death will we learn what is right.

This perspective is important, not to give up the search for truth, but to have a little humility in how we present our currently held beliefs and theories about the purposes and meaning of life. A little humility allows us to have love for our fellow humans, and on that principle hangs all the laws and teachings of those who have preceded us in mortality. Most importantly, a little humility allows us to continue to find better and better answers to the questions we ask, never settling on a single truth as the final word.

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