TESTIMONY: I Don’t Know Everything, but…

I had the honor of teaching the youth in Sunday School today and I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings on the lesson, “Why is learning an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan?” There were a lot of elements associated with this talk, but the short video, You Know Enough, reminded me of my favorite scripture story in the Book of Mormon.

In the video, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles talks about how we best learn line upon line, precept on precept. Throughout the video, he repeats the phrase, “I know know everything, but I know enough.”


We sometimes have to rely on our faith to help us keep moving forward as we learn more and strengthen our testimony of Jesus Christ. We may not know certain, deep doctrine elements of the gospel or how solar systems are created, but in times when we begin to question the big things, it’s important to reflect back on the little foundational things we know to be true.

Nephi sought to see the dream his father saw of the Tree of Life. After being shown the dream, Nephi then asked to know the interpretation of the dream.

The angel then showed Nephi a virgin who lived in the city of Nazareth and asked Nephi, “Knowest thou the condescension of God?” Nephi, using different words than those spoken by Elder Andersen, but with a similar meaning, responded, “I know that God loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.” (1 Nephi 11: 13-17).

When the prophet Nephi was faced with a spiritual question he didn’t know the answer to, he reverted back to the basics… God, our Heavenly Father, loves us, His children.

When we face adversity, or even the unknown, we need to have a foundational testimony that will support us until we can exercise the faith needed to build up the next level in our testimony. As we exercise that faith, our testimony will grow. And while we may learn many wonderful and magnificent spiritual things during our time here on Earth, I know I will never know everything… but I know enough.

– Jason M. Carlton (Sandy, Utah)


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