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To be good, seek truth; it abideth, hath no end

At the October 1984 general conference, Elder Royden G. Derrick of the Seventy spoke of doing good and seeking truth.

"The Lord said to the people of ancient America, And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good.' (Ether 4:12.) To be good, one must seek after truth, for truth is the ingredient which, when inculcated into our lives, changes us for good," Elder Derrick said. "Truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.' (D&C 93:24.) `Truth abideth and hath no end.' (D&C 88:66.)Elder Derrick spoke of an early childhood incident in which he absent-mindedly took an apple from a grocery store. Frightened to realize he had stolen an apple, he ran home and hid under the porch. "I knew I had done wrong, and I knew that my Heavenly Father knew that I had done wrong," Elder Derrick said.

"I have often reflected upon how I suffered from a remorse of conscience at such an early age. The Light of Christ, which lights every man that comes into the world, was evident that day, which in later years caused me to ponder about how the Light of Christ can influence our lives."

Further, Elder Derrick added, "The Lord said to the people in His day, and to us too: `By their fruits ye shall know them.' (Matt. 7:20.)

"May I suggest a formula for bringing forth good fruit and helping one to gain eternal salvation? have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in yourself, study eternal truths, ponder and pray for understanding, strive to incorporate principles of truth into daily living, and exercise integrity in all that you do, and strive to do everything you do to a standard of excellence."

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