How Can I Overcome Doubt?

By Stephen S Doubt and belief cannot coexist. Only one can operate at the same time. Sometimes, it has been a challenge for me to stick with what I believe because of my own doubt. However, I have learned that acting on my belief has always led to me in the right direction. In my experience, these two things have helped me to overcome doubt: first, continuing to have faith and then second, taking action—doing something about it. Like many of us, I can be skeptical. It can be a challenge to...
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How Can I Feel Lasting, Satisfying Faith?

Several years ago, my sister and her husband began to experience a crisis of faith. They had started studying the arguments of the skeptics and were becoming persuaded.  They began to question whether the foundational claims of Christianity were true and whether there was a God at all. They frequently came to me with difficult questions. At first, I was reluctant to engage because I did not want to focus all my spiritual energy on negative things. However, my sister and her husband felt that I c...
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Does God Help Those Who Doubt? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 6 of 6)

By Michael T. God’s promises to those who exercise faith I believe that God cares that you and I would bother and worry about what’s true and real. He cares that you desire further knowledge and understanding. He desires that we be willing to wrestle with, and confront, uncertainties with the hope of greater knowledge and understanding. Specifically, we are exhorted to open ourselves to receiving his help through the following actions: Exercise faith and have hope…and to ask that we mi...
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How Do Believers Remain Faithful While Having Doubts? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 5)

By Michael T. I and others in the Mormon faith believe that it was in the doubts, religious divisions, and uncertainties—and, ultimately, in the faith of a young boy named Joseph Smith—that the marvelous revelations of God, his Son, their existence, and character occurred in modern times.  Those questions of doubt, supported by faith, resulted in what we call the Restoration of the Gospel. Moreover, isn’t it interesting that many of the great revelations of this dispensation and Restoratio...
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What Causes Doubt and How Can I Overcome It? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 4)

By Michael T. The causes or circumstances of spiritual doubt can be many and often differ from person to person.  For example: You may have gone through busy or challenging periods of life, a consequence of which might be that you don’t feel particularly close to God or the Church or the gospel. There may be uncertainties and unknowns in your life and you may feel that you lack God’s direction. You may have faced adversity, disappointment, and trials through which you’ve sought God's ...
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How Can I Know What Is True? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 3 of 6)

By Michael T. How do we come to knowledge and testimony of truth? As a former philosophy major, I cannot avoid the opportunity to talk about epistemology, which focuses on how one determines: What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? To what extent, and through what means, is it possible for a given subject or entity to be known? In brief, epistemology tries to answer the question, “How do we know what it is we think we know?”  As you understand, this is an important question f...
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