517 Seek the Truth in All Things to Make Progress
1 If God arranges certain environments, people, matters, and things for you, if He prunes and deals with you and if you learn lessons from this, if you have learned to come before God and seek the truth, and, unknowingly, are enlightened and illuminated and attain the truth, if you have experienced a change in these environments, reaped rewards, and made progress, if you begin to have a little comprehension of God’s will and you cease to complain, then all of this will mean that you have stood firm in the midst of the trials of these environments, and have withstood the test. As such, you will have gotten through this ordeal.
2 Those who can withstand the test have a true heart, they can endure this kind of suffering and, deep down, they love the truth and want the truth. If God has this kind of assessment of you, then you are someone with stature, someone with life. And how is this life attained? It is bestowed by God. It is God personally carrying a bowl of food over to you and holding it right up to your mouth to feed you, and once you have eaten, you feel satiated and can stand strong. This is what it means to submit to everything that comes from God.
3 This is the sort of mindset and attitude you must possess, and you must learn to seek the truth. You should not be constantly looking for external causes or blaming others for your troubles; you must have a clear understanding of God’s will. From the outside, some people might seem to have opinions about you or prejudices against you, but you should not see things that way. If you see things from an erroneous standpoint, the only thing you will do is make excuses, and you will not be able to attain anything. You should see things objectively and justly; in that way, you will seek the truth and understand God’s intention. Once your viewpoint and state of mind are rectified, you will be able to attain the truth.
Adapted from “To Gain the Truth, You Must Learn From the People, Matters, and Things Around You” in The Discourses of Christ of the Last Days