Epistemic Humility

We are mistaken, sometimes dangerously so, when we confuse our current understanding with God's absolute and eternal truth. As marvelous as Mormonism is -- and it is marvelous -- it is surely a weak reflection of what God has in store. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9)

There are a number of reminders of this in Mormonism that we should keep before us frequently. Two thirds of the Book of Mormon remained sealed, with a promise that if we as a community are faithful to the small fraction we have been given, greater truths will be revealed to us. Our ninth Article of Faith anticipates that God "will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God." The Doctrine & Covenants promises that in the Millennium the Lord will reveal "hidden things which no man knew" (101:33), elsewhere described as "knowledge ... that has not been revealed since the world was until now" (121:26).

And even when we try to imagine what God's eternity might be like, we inevitably fall short. The creative power of gods far surpasses that of humanity.

We should be grateful for the truth God reveals through scripture, science, relationships, prophets, personal revelation, and every other means. But we should also recognize that this truth is always given "in [our] weakness, after the manner of [our] language" (D&C 1:24, see also Alma 29:8).

In my own life, as I have matured in my understanding, I have needed to reevaluate what I thought I previously knew as unchangeable truths. We should not be surprised that the same applies to us as an entire church and community of faith. We should not confuse our understanding in any snapshot of time with the fullness of what God intends to share with us.

President Uchtdorf recently reminded us that the Restoration is ongoing and that we have an active role to play in its unfolding. As we participate, we should remain open to greater light and knowledge God has promised to send us.