Gird Up Your Loins With Truth


Prepare

What does it mean to "gird up your loins”?

D&C 38:9
Wherefore, gird up your loins and be prepared. Behold, the kingdom is yours, and the enemy shall not overcome.

To gird up your loins is to prepare yourself for what is to come.

How should you prepare?

D&C 27:15-16
Gird up your loins, and take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.

Truth

In our world today, many people say things like “speak your truth” or “live your truth” and even “you need to honor my truth.” This would imply that there are differing truths for each person, they suggest “what’s true for me may not be true for you.”

Is this true? Can truth be different for each person? The scriptures refer to truth as “the truth” over and over again. So what is going on here?

Romans 1:25
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.

Some people change the truth into a lie to suit themselves.

The scriptures were written a long time ago, a lot has changed since then. Can truth change based on the time we live in?

D&C 93:24
And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;

Psalm 117:2
The truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

But we each have different circumstances, the world is changing, things change around us. Does truth change with it?

D&C 1:39
For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever.

Truth is unchanging, that is something we can count on.

Be a Truth Seeker

D&C 97:1-2
Many of whom are truly humble and are seeking diligently to learn wisdom and to find truth. Verily, verily I say unto you, blessed are such, for they shall obtain;

Receiving truth requires humility, many things that you think you know may not be true. And truth is not common knowledge, you will need to seek to find it.

How do you seek truth?

Compare everything you learn to the word of God in scripture and from prophets. If something contradicts God’s word, it’s not truth.

Moroni 10:4-5
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

Ask God, He will tell you what is truth by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Discerning Truth

D&C 45:57
For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.

Remember, your enemy would like to deceive you, he wants you to be cast into the fire. But if you receive the truth, and let the High Commander Jesus Christ be your guide, you will be safe.

D&C 50:19-20
And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way? If it be some other way it is not of God.

Have you been listening to the right voice? There are many voices speaking, even within your own mind. As our prophet has been urging, learn to hear Him.

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Stand for Truth

D&C 27:15
That ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.

Once you have obtained truth you need to stand up for truth, and stand firm. This will prepare you to withstand the evil that is going to come at you.