Two years ago my husband was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal and untreatable disease. As time went by and he lost the ability to do independently many of the things he had always done, I found myself physically stretched. During those months and weeks I found it necessary to call on every muscle I had developed through daily exercise. As I leaned over his bed for much of the time in the last weeks of his life, I called on core muscles and, to my delight, found that they were there. Of course, I wished that they were stronger, but they were sufficient. And beyond those muscles I was grateful for the gift of good health. It was indeed a gift, not something I could exactly earn, but something that for the time being the Lord had granted me.
Jim’s illness and subsequent death also required us to call upon spiritual muscles. To our relief, they were there. Our family began to understand what day-after-day habits of recognizing and feeding Truth meant as we faced extraordinary challenges. And along with what we had put into place over many, many years was the recognition that God in His generosity had given us the gift of faith and His outstretched hand—unearned and beyond what we could have done for ourselves. His grace was and is sufficient.
Truth matters. Everything we can do to find, feed, and strengthen it is worth the effort. We can live without fear. We can feel peace, joy, and happiness. We can diminish the clutter of lies and half-truths. We can have clear minds that think straight. We can act with the power of Truth. The Lord will help us.
He said, “Whatsoever is more or less than [truth] is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning. The Spirit of truth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth” (D&C 93:25–26).
Truth is inseparable from God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Our Redeemer, our Savior, the author and finisher of our faith, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, is the supreme embodiment of Truth. And when we fill our minds and hearts with Truth we will see everything and everyone differently, including ourselves. We will see clearly. We will see through His eyes.