With the recent passing of two beloved Apostles, Elder L. Tom Perry and President Boyd K. Packer, I have reflected on how their ministries have influenced my life for good. As I have done so, I have felt a desire to testify of some of the vital doctrines taught by both of these Apostles that have shaped my attitude and behaviour in the course of a lifetime. I do so as a tribute to their dedicated service and with the intent that these same doctrines and teachings might be passed down to the generations that follow–that the youth and parents in our day might receive these words of instruction, cherish them, and reap the associated blessings.
In this post I would like to testify of a teaching of President Packer about the power of true doctrine:
“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”
What is doctrine? Why should we teach it? What is its effect?