“Internet provides many opportunities for learning,” said Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis of the Seventy. “However, … [Satan] uses this great tool to promote doubt and fear and destroy faith and hope.”
In his Sunday afternoon address, Elder Aidukaitis said with so much available on the Internet, “Satan can keep us busy, distracted and infected by sifting through information, much of which can be pure garbage. One should not roam through garbage,” he added.
"In a real sense, we face the same dilemma as Joseph Smith faced in his youth. We, too, often find ourselves lacking wisdom.”
Although the search for truth is appreciated and encouraged in the kingdom of God, “How can we recognize truth in a world that is increasingly more blunt in its attacks to the things pertaining to God?” he asked.
Elder Aidukaitis gave three ways to recognize truth found in the scriptures.
The first way is found in the Savior’s Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 7 that states, “Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.”
“We invite all to study the fruits and the works of this Church,” Elder Aidukaitis said. “Those who examine these fruits will discover that the fruits of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are delicious and desirable.”
Second, truth can be found by experimenting on the word.
Citing Alma 32, Elder Aidukaitis explained, “We are invited to test the word, we are given parameters, and we are told the outcome of the test, if we follow the instructions.”
Thus, Elder Aidukaitis said, the scriptures teach that all can know the truth by experimenting with it personally, “giving a place for the word in our hearts, and cultivating it, like unto a seed.”
The third way is through personal revelation.
“Doctine and Covenants Section 8 teaches that revelation is knowledge. Knowledge of ‘whatsoever things we … ask in faith, with an honest heart, and believing that we shall receive,’” Elder Aidukaitis said.
Individuals must ask in faith and faith requires work, he explained, but equally important in the process is asking with an honest heart. “If we are sincerely seeking the truth, we will do all in our power to find it. … But that is not all; … We must trust in the Lord and have hope in His promises.”
Elder Aidukaitis extended the invitation for all to seek truth from God through the Spirit. “God will reveal truth to those who seek for it as prescribed in the scriptures. It requires more effort than to just search the Internet, but it is worth it.”