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Simple Words of Truth

Rusty - May 1, 2006

I generally think that I’m pretty good at explaining the gospel. Whether that be in a Sunday school teaching setting or during a casual conversation with a non-LDS friend. But I’m grateful that I’m often shown that my methods aren’t the best.

I was again reminded of this last night when I read part of an article in our neighborhood newspaper. The writer came to our church one Sunday and attended the entire 3-hour block and interviewed our bishop (who is young and isn’t known for being extremely articulate). The article in general was about local religions and highlighted a few specific ones. There was a section in which the writer asked each religion’s leader for their definition of who God is. They were all paragraph-long explanations, some quasi-Nicean Creed, some psychobabble, some whoever-you-make-him-to-be, etc. Our bishop’s answer?

“God is my Heavenly Father.”

I wouldn’t have answered this way but rather would have gone on about how He is a perfected being who loves us blah blah blah. What better way to speak to the general public than in a way that everyone/anyone can understand. So much is inherent in those five words that it almost explains our entire doctrine.

Even if nobody who read that article was touched by that answer, it wouldn’t matter because it taught me something about the God and the Spirit and I’m grateful for it.


  1. Sometimes the simple answer is best.

    Comment by Eric — May 1, 2006 @ 11:52 am

  2. Maybe that’s one reason why he’s Bishop. Articulate…no, knowing what to say…yes

    Comment by don — May 1, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

  3. That is a great answer. I would have tried to explain it in much more complex ideas as well. When we forget the fundamental idea that God is “my” heavenly father we run into problems. Nice post, thanks.

    Comment by klear — May 2, 2006 @ 2:36 am

  4. Great response, Bishop!

    Comment by Mark B. — May 2, 2006 @ 9:02 am

  5. I love that there is so much unpacking that is left undone by that answer… There are volumes that could be written unpacking that sentence but the medium didn’t call for that.

    Comment by Geoff J — May 2, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

  6. Diddo on being too complex. I wish I were more laconic in that aspect instead of other areas where I should be more articulate.

    Comment by Bret — May 2, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

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