This past month in our youth Sunday school class we’ve been looking at the Apostasy (falling away from truth after the original apostles were killed) and the Restoration of truth (in these last days).
Today’s lesson was on why it’s important to teach true doctrine and to explore this we looked first at what it is not. One of the class gave this example to demonstrate what it’s like if you think you know better than God.
When they began the GCSE maths course, one student always tried to find his own way to solve the problems, rather than relying on the tried and tested methods that the teacher explained to the class. The other students just laughed as their fellow student worked on ‘Joe’s way.’ However, Joe’s way did not always give the right answer but Joe kept trying to perfect his alternative methodology. Now it is a few weeks to the final GCSE exams and Joe has struggled, failing mock exams as his way is not correct and he does not know the correct method.
A great analogy of why we need to rely on the source of truth and why, from Alma 31 verse 5:
the word [of God] had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else