“In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?” (Joseph Smith – History 1:10)
This is what Joseph Smith experienced back in the early 1800s. Sounds a lot like what our world is like today. We live in a world that is continually fighting for our attention. We are being pulling in different directions all the time by different voices but which voice is leading us the right way?
I use to think that I just had to figure it out on my own. I would just do what my friends did and what the world said I should do. That’s how I lived my life. I guess you could say that my life was “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness.” (Ephesians 4:14) I was caught up in the world.
For a while I was content with that. I was just fine going the way I was going but something changed. It relates every well with the experience of Joseph Smith.
“While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties…. I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (Joseph Smith – History 1:11)
How amazing is that! We can ask for the wisdom of God!
“It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know… At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to “ask of God”.” (Joseph Smith – History 1:12-13)
Joseph Smith was given the wisdom he desired. After asking God myself I no longer am in “darkness and confusion”. I asked if the experience Joseph Smith had is true and by the power of the Holy Ghost I can now say that I do know that it is true.
Read his story and ask God yourself. I testify that you can and will receive an answer “if [you] shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:4)