From the First Presidency

Don’t Stop Seeking

Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Adapted from “Fourth Floor, Last Door,” Ensign, Nov. 2016, 15–18.

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Don’t Stop Seeking

Two faithful missionaries were serving in Europe in an area where not many people were listening to their message and being baptized. They felt like they should try meeting people in a four-story apartment building. They started on the first floor and knocked on each door, giving their message about Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His Church. No one would listen to them. They knocked on every door on the second floor. Again, no one would listen. The third floor was the same. And so was the fourth—until they knocked on the last door of the fourth floor.

When that door opened, a young girl smiled at them. The missionaries gave their message to the girl, her sister, and her mother and then gave them a copy of the Book of Mormon. The mother finished reading the whole book in a few days! Not long after, this wonderful family was baptized.

The charming young woman who opened the door is now my wife, Harriet. She has blessed the lives of many people through her happy personality and her love for the gospel. She truly is the sunshine of my life. How grateful I am that the two missionaries did not stop at the first floor! How often have I given thanks that they kept going—even to the fourth floor, last door.

In our search to be close to God, let us remember the Lord’s promise: “Knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). Will we give up after trying a time or two? Or will we keep seeking? God “rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, New International Version), but the reward is not usually behind the first door. So we need to keep knocking. Don’t give up. Seek God with all your heart. Exercise faith. Walk in righteousness. I promise that if you will do this, you will receive the answers you are looking for.

Seeking Answers

When you have questions about life and the gospel, where can you find answers? Fill in the sentences below, and then use the words to fill in the puzzle! Check your answers below.

  • When I read the _________________, I can search for answers there.

  • As I do peaceful things to invite the _________________, answers will come to my mind and heart.

  • Good _________________, who encourage me to choose the right, can help me find answers.

  • When I go to _________________, I feel the Spirit and learn more about the gospel.

  • I can always _________________ and talk to Heavenly Father about the questions I have.

  • One day I can get my _________________ blessing, which will give me advice and guidance.

  • I can get ready to go to the _________________ when I’m old enough and find answers there.

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  • Answers: scriptures, Spirit, friends, church, pray, patriarchal, temple