“The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is that we believe that we have a right to embrace all and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed by the creeds or superstitious notions of men.”
—Joseph Smith, 1839
In the 1830s the idea of having the freedom of mind to be able to make a statement like this makes it all the more remarkable. We slip into the mistake of believing that this thought would have been accepted among everyday society, but it was not. This auspicious statement was a revelation about our first and fundamental right as people who believe in Christ and who choose to worship without the notions of men limiting us in our pursuit of divine truth.
“The mind must not only possess a knowledge of truth, but the soul must revere it,cherish it, love it as a priceless gem; and this human life must be guided and shaped by it in order to fulfill its destiny .”
—Joseph F. Smith, First Presidency, 1895
We are counseled here how to hold truth in its proper and exalted position within our own lives, and that to do so will be the only way we can fulfill our God-given destiny. What a bright promise! Each a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven has a unique destiny that can be revealed to us only by our choice to follow divine truth.
Reggie Voyce, Gallery Educator