How to approach questions about the gospel that challenge your faith

by | Jul. 09, 2020

Asking questions about the gospel is encouraged in the Church, as doing so can bring more knowledge and personal growth into your life. But how do you handle questions that challenge your faith? The July 2020 issue of the Ensign features two articles on this topic, giving insights on how to look for answers in a faithful way.

Living with hope 

One day, Latter-day Saint Travis Ewell saw a conversation on social media about Church doctrine that gave him pause. Afterward, he decided to look into the arguments of those who felt concerned about the Church, and over time, he lost his faith. As a result, Ewell was unable to participate in some important spiritual experiences with his family, which eventually caused him to question his decisions that led him away from the gospel.

Through support from his stake president, bishop, and family “on both sides of the veil,” Ewell eventually reached the conclusion that “questions are good, but some questions are more important than others.”  He also found that “many of my questions, while sincere, had been planted by people intent on damaging faith.”

Although there are still things that Ewell said he doesn’t understand, he is choosing to rely on the things that he does know—like Heavenly Father’s love for him and the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So, when his stake president asked if he was able to answer all the questions for a temple recommend interview, Ewell answered honestly.

“President, I don’t think I can say I know that the Church is true yet, but I sure hope with all my heart that it is. And I am going to live my life in accordance with that hope. Is that enough?”

His stake president responded, “Travis, that will always be enough.”

Read more about Ewell’s experience at the Ensign.

How to approach questions

The Ensign highlighted five ways to search for answers to questions in a faith-promoting way. Here is a brief look at them:

  1. Check your sources and make sure they are trustworthy.
  2. Lean on the words of Church leaders and remember revelation comes from God.
  3. Find inspiration through intentional scripture study.
  4. Learn how to receive revelation in your own life.
  5. Focus on what you do understand, rather than what you don’t understand.

Learn more about approaching your questions with faith in the July 2020 Ensign.

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Danielle Christensen

Danielle is a features writer and editor for LDS Living. Previously, she served as web producer for Church News, where she managed their website and social media platforms. Danielle is a graduate of Brigham Young University in English and has been published with Deseret News, Church News, BYU Magazine, and Spires Intercollegiate Arts and Literary Magazine. Follow her on Twitter with the handle @danielleechris.

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