POSTCARD #1 I’M FINDING GOODNESS FROM MANY SOURCES
YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT I’m as enthusiastic about pursuing wisdom from outside the Mormon tradition as from within. Paul’s admonition to seek after anything that is “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy” has become an invitation to shed my prejudices about how and where such things may be found. When it comes to discovering truth, I’m learning there’s no monopoly, no intellectual copyright, no exclusive contract with one provider. I’m understanding why Hugh B. Brown, a Mormon apostle, taught that we should search for truth everywhere:
Revelation does not come only through the prophet of God nor only directly from heaven in visions or dreams. Revelation may come in the laboratory, out of the test tube, out of the thinking mind and the inquiring soul.
Now, whenever Beauty and Truth reveal themselves, whether they wear the garments of religion, science, literature, philosophy, or even sacred myth, I will welcome them as honored guests and listen to whatever they’re willing to teach.
If a religion aspires to encompass all truth, its boundaries must be as wide as the universe. The same holds true for the spiritual life. My spirit can’t expand when I’m too provincial in my thinking, too fearful of new ideas. Didn’t Joseph Smith teach “we have a right to embrace all and every item of truth, without limitation”?
I love that welcoming stance. It’s expansive, unbounded, limitless.
That’s what I’m choosing. That’s how I want to live.