The little lesson of lost things

One thing I think many members of the church have experienced from time to time is that they have lost something and been unable to find it. Then they have prayed to the Father to help them find it, and found it in short order.

This little story that has repeated itself in the lives of members of the church all over. And why? I think it is not just because “things get lost”. I have heard that Joseph Smith showed a peculiar knack for finding lost things when he was young. I think there is a little lesson for us.

The lesson is this: We have lost important things, and we can never find them without divine help.

It would be a good lesson for us to learn. We think we have lost nothing. Therefore we do not search.

We think that because the gospel is restored, nothing is still lost, and that we have no responsibility to find it.


When Christ himself was on the earth, walking and talking with men, was it enough for them to think to themselves “the Son of God himself is here, surely that is the truth in its fullness, I do not need to find truth independently”? Not at all. While he, God himself, stood with his feet on earth, speaking to them face to face, his words to them were “Ask of God; ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

It isn’t enough to have the truth on earth. It isn’t even enough to have God himself walking the earth. We must have truth by revelation to ourselves.

There are things we have lost, and we will never find them without seeking revelation from God. His counsel to us remains unchanged: ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.



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John Robertson

I am nothing more than a regular member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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