Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
We are taught that Jesus is the one true way to salvation and to return to Our Father in Heaven. And that all truth is embodied in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With the return of the Gospel to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith, all truth has been or will be restored.
Nevertheless, The Prophet Joseph Smith has said, “One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Joseph Fielding Smith, Joseph Smith, page 313).
The question in my mind, is how much time and effort should we make in finding these other “truths?”
Joseph went on to say, in the same sermon:
“Have the Presbyterians any truth? Yes. Have the Baptists, Methodists, etc., any truth? Yes. They all have a little truth mixed with error. We should gather all the good and true principles in the world and treasure them up, or we shall not come out true Mormons.” (Page 316)
We can certainly learn many things from the practices of other faiths in how they approach true fundamental teachings that seem to be universally held. These fundamental teachings are contained in the two great commandments to “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and “… love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37 – 39)
In spite of the claim of atheists that one can live a moral life without religion and God, it is pretty clear that most moral laws have been promoted and derived from the great religions of the world and were not just created out of thin air. As an atheist, one could certainly adopt a code of moral conduct without acknowledging from whence it came.
But, again, how much of our time should be spent searching for these “truths” instead of studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ and trying to apply it to our lives? Especially, it all truth is embodied in it?
I see some members of the Church focusing away from the Gospel in order to obtain further enlightenment elsewhere. I do not think this is necessary. I find there is plenty to learn of The Atonement, charity, true repentance, humility, and discipleship to fill a lifetime of seeking. Seeking to know the Will of the Father, how we are to live this mortal existence and how we are to serve others.
“We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” (Articles of Faith 1:9)
Is it likely that He would reveal these great and important things in any other way than through His servants, the Prophets?
Not likely, I suspect.