544 Those Who Love the Truth Will Gain the Truth

1 God’s salvation of mankind is a salvation of those who love the truth, a salvation of those with will and resolve, who yearn for truth and righteousness. A person with resolve has in their heart that which yearns for righteousness, goodness, and truth, and is possessed of conscience. God works on these people, so that they may understand and gain the truth, so that their corruption may be cleansed, and their life disposition may be transformed. If, within you, there is no love for the truth or aspiration for righteousness and light; if, whenever you encounter evil, you have neither the will to cast off evil things nor the resolve to suffer hardship; if, moreover, your conscience is numb; if your faculty for receiving truth is also benumbed, and you are unattuned to the truth and to events that arise; and if you are undiscerning in all matters, and unable to handle or resolve things on your own, then there is no way to be saved.

2 When an issue befalls you, you must have a cool head and a correct approach, and you must make a choice. You should learn to use the truth to resolve the issue. At normal times, what is the use of understanding some truths? It is not to fill your belly, and it is not merely to give you something to say, nor is it to resolve the problems of others. More importantly, its use is to resolve your own difficulties. Why is it said that Peter is a fruit? Because there are things of worth in him, things worth perfecting; he was resolved to seek the truth and was firm of will; he had reason, was willing to suffer hardship, and loved the truth in his heart, and he did not let go of what came to pass. These are all strong points. Only those who are resolved and pursue the truth can obtain it and be perfected by God.

Adapted from “Confused People Cannot Be Saved” in Records of Talks of Christ of the Last Days

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