Quick Take: Solid coverage of many of the common concerns/questions within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Chad P. Conrad is a full-time teacher for LDS seminaries and institutes of religion and professor at BYU. He wrote “Doubt Your Doubts” to help the youth of the church in their search for answers to “difficult gospel questions.”
The premise behind the book is based on President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s 2013 talk “Come, Join With Us.”
“One of the purposes of the Church is to nurture and cultivate the seed of faith—even in the sometimes sandy soil of doubt and uncertainty. … Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters—my dear friends—please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.”
While he specifically states that he is not trying to “give a final answer” he does give the reader a lot to think about on many sticky issues. (i.e.) Why must innocent people suffer? What about homosexuality? Are women equal with men in the church? Why would God command people to practice polygamy? Why couldn’t blacks hold the priesthood for so long? Amongst several others.
This book would have been too much for 16 year old me, but youth today are so much more than I ever was. While most of what I read here was not new information on these issues, I really did enjoy reading this book. Chad has an open-minded perspective that I think those with an equally open mind will appreciate.
I can honestly say that my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ has been strengthened through reading this book.
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