Avoid Hearsay, Gossip, & Rumors.
Where do we get our information?
How do we share our information?
What good comes from sharing anything but complete facts?
If we are doing this and can recognize it, we should stop.
My cousin had me listen to a podcast today. If you’re interested, I’ve included what the episode was focused on in the following paragraph. The podcast is “Follow Him” by John Bytheway and Hank Smith.
“Joseph’s months in Liberty Jail were some of the most difficult yet provided the most sublime, oft-quoted, and transcendent sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. Dr. Alexander Baugh returns to share the background to these sections and the historical context to Joseph’s incarceration, the Battle of Crooked River, and Haun’s Mill in Part 1 of this special three-part episode.”
As I listened to this podcast, I realized how uneducated I was on some of the subject matter and how we, as members, have potentially engaged in sharing incorrect historical facts.
Anyway, it was an excellent reminder to me, and I was educated by the Lord today to do a better job in my research. Too often, we take hearsay or tradition as truth.
There are many stories in church history that are incorrect and perceived as facts. In some situations, testimonies have been destroyed and relationships have been ruined.
This goes for everything we do. If we don’t hear it directly from the source, be careful to share the information.
Do your homework.
Study approved material.
Follow the prompting a of the spirit.
As we are focused on the Savior and aligned with His teachings, we will be better protected. We will recognize truth from falsehood.
In Doctrine and Covenants 11:12-14, the Lord gives counsel on discerning truth from falsehood: “And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good — yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.”