The LDS Youth theme for 2017 is James 1:5-6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
We can ASK our questions of the Lord for He is “full of grace, equity, and truth, full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering, quick to hear the cries of his people and to answer their prayers” (Alma 9:26). As often as we inquire of the Lord, we will receive instruction from Him through the Spirit (see D&C 6:14). Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “I’m just so grateful to know that the answers are always there, and if we seek them—really seek with real intent and with full purpose of a prayerful heart—we will eventually find the answers to our questions as we continue on the gospel path” (“To Whom Shall We Go?,” #ldsconf, Oct-2016).
Elder N. Eldon Tanner confirmed, “The answers to all life’s problems are to be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ” (“Celestial Marriages and Eternal Families,” Apr-1980). The scriptures contain the gospel of Jesus Christ, so the scriptures contain the answers to all life’s problems and questions. Therefore, “shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently” (Deut. 13:14). “President Russell M. Nelson has said, The Lord can only teach an inquiring mind'” (in Rosemary M. Wixom, “Returning to Faith,” Apr-2015).
Sister Wixom shared: “Mother Theresa recounted a time when her mind was filled with doubt and darkness. She said, ‘My testimony had become like a pile of ashes. It had all burned down. All that remained was Jesus Christ.’ She continued, ‘But He does not leave you when you have questions. When anyone tries to keep the commandments, the door is wide open. Prayer and scripture study became incredibly important.’
“Archbishop Périer responded to her concerns: ‘God guides you, dear Mother; you are not so much in the dark as you think. The path to be followed may not always be clear at once. Pray for light; do not decide too quickly, listen to what others have to say, consider their reasons. You will always find something to help you. … Guided by faith, by prayer, and by reason with a right intention, you have enough.’” (Ibid, emphasis added)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf concurred: “We are all pilgrims seeking God’s light as we journey on the path of discipleship. We do not condemn others for the amount of light they may or may not have; rather, we nourish and encourage all light until it grows clear, bright, and true.” (Ibid.)
I invite you to join me in a search for greater light. Let us nourish and encourage all light as we search for the answers to life’s questions in the scriptures and then ask of God in faith so we may each know the truth, love the truth, live the truth, and share the truth more fully. I will be using the following scriptures in my search for answers to life’s questions: King James Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. I will also be studying related teachings of living prophets and apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I invite you to study these scriptures, search the scriptures and teachings of your faith to gain additional insights and answers, and share them with us via Facebook or Instagram @jennilynyoung or using #RiseUpandASK.
Below is a list of the questions to be covered in our search. If you have any additional questions that you’d like us to include in our study, please share them via Facebook or Instagram @jennilynyoung.
- How do I begin to find the answers to life’s questions in the scriptures?
- Is there really a God?
- Who am I?
- Is God aware of me? Does He know and love me?
- Does God really hear and answer our prayers?
- What should we pray about?
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- Where am I going after I die?
- What do I need to do on earth to live with God in paradise?
- To what extent are men accountable for their choices and their actions?
- When does the resurrection occur? What takes place?
- What is the nature of God and Jesus Christ?
- What is the role of Jesus Christ?
- Why was the Atonement necessary?
- How can God be both just and merciful?
- Why was Jesus Christ baptized?
- Why is important to be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost? What do we witness “unto the Father” by being baptized?
- What is the covenant I make with God when I am baptized?
- Do little children need repentance and baptism?
- What is the role of the Holy Ghost?
- What is the gospel of Jesus Christ? How did the Savior explain it?
- How is Christ’s church organized?
- What do the scriptures teach about the word of God being written among multiple groups of faithful saints?
- What do the scriptures teach about the gospel being preached to both the House of Israel and the Gentiles?
- What do the scriptures teach about apostasy?
- What do the scriptures teach about a restoration of Christ’s church in the latter-days?
- What is the purpose of attending church each Sabbath?
- What is my role as a husband / wife?
- What is my role as a parent?
- What is my role as a neighbor?
- In a world with so many conflicting voices, how can a person judge what is good and what is evil?
- How can I know if the thoughts in my mind or the feelings in my heart are impressions from the Holy Ghost?
- How can I protect and strengthen myself against Satan’s attacks?
- What is the purpose of weakness and adversity?
- Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow suffering and affliction?
- Why doesn’t the Lord always protect the righteous from the unrighteous?
- How should I treat others knowing that we are all children of God?
- How can I keep a proper perspective of who I am in God’s eyes?
- How can I keep a proper perspective of work and wealth?
- What happened in America when Jesus was born in Bethlehem?
- What happened in America when Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem?
- Who were the “other sheep” referred to by Jesus as recorded in John 10:16?
- Will Jesus Christ come again to the earth and establish peace?
- How did a prophet who lived in 600 B.C. describe our day?
- How can I know if the Book of Mormon is the word of God just like the Bible?
- How can I know that the doctrines and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ contained in the scriptures are true?
- Are we saved by grace, by works, or both?
- How do I continue to nourish my testimony and become a disciple of Jesus Christ?
- What are the blessings associated with doing God’s will?
- How do I apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ?