I told Luke that the answer to his question lies within this month’s Ensign. I asked him to find it and then come and see me in my office when he had the answer. Luke quickly went to the library, obtained a copy of the Ensign and started his research.
I noticed him look up at me during sacrament meeting and we shared a smile. As Luke came up to bear his testimony of the gospel I knew that he had felt the spirit of the counsel he had read.
He said (and I paraphrase) “Brothers and Sisters, I know that President Paternoster is a man of God for he guided me today in answering a question I had been pondering for many weeks. You see, I had been thinking about questioning the doctrines of the Church. Something didn’t feel right about this approach but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. After much prayer I finally came to see our beloved stake president who simply counseled me to read this month’s Ensign. Within its pages the uncomfortable feeling I had been having was made clear to me. Please allow me to quote *directly from an Apostle of the Lord in this matter, even Elder M. Russell Ballard who after talking about how solidly anchored in our testimonies we must be stated “We won’t question the doctrines that are part of our belief.”
Brothers and Sisters, could it be any clearer than this? Has ever a prayer been answered with more clarity? The world would advise us to never stop questioning, but here we have a current prophet, seer and revelator who has given us a higher, holier and better plan, even one of unquestioning belief in the truths of the gospel. After all, what good could possibly come from questioning the Church anyway?
I know that as I humbly accept without question the doctrines that are part of the Church I will be stronger, more obedient and more faithful. I pledge to do all that my righteous priesthood leaders ask and know that in so doing I will have a happy and fulfilling life and I leave these thoughts and this humble testimony with you in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.”