In today’s world, there are a multitude of activities, subjects, and interests vying for every minute of our attention. With so many distractions, do we have the strength, discipline, and commitment to remain focused on what matters most? Are we as well versed in gospel truths as we are in our studies, careers, hobbies, sports, or our texts and tweets? Do we actively seek to find answers to our questions by feasting on the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets? Do we seek the confirmation of the Spirit?
The importance of gaining knowledge is an eternal principle. The Prophet Joseph Smith “loved knowledge for its righteous power.”1 He said: “Knowledge is necessary to life and godliness. … Hear, all ye brethren, this grand key: knowledge is the power of God unto salvation.”2
All truth and knowledge is important, but amidst the constant distractions of our daily lives, we must especially pay attention to increasing our gospel knowledge so we can understand how to apply gospel principles to our lives.4 As our gospel knowledge increases, we will begin to feel confident in our testimonies and be able to state, “I know it.”
1. George Q. Cannon, in Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), 261.
2. Teachings: Joseph Smith, 265; see also Martha Jane Knowlton Coray, notebook, Church History Library, Salt Lake City.
Excerpt from Sister Ann M. Dibbs’s October 2012 General Conference address, I Know it, I Love it, I Live it. Sister Ann M. Dibb is a Second Counselor in the Young Women General President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. View Sister Ann M. Dibb’s full address here.