If God reveals everything, will mankind be able to grasp and understand the meaning of all things? Will they be more enlightened or confused? Will there still be a need of a God or will everyone think that they are gods?
The 9th section of the Articles of Faith states, “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” The Lord has revealed many plain and precious things to mankind for their benefit and learning. He has revealed the things that will help them in their present day circumstances and struggles, commandments that will guide them to righteousness, and principles that will help them draw near unto Him. The Lord has revealed what’s necessary for mankind to know these latter days.
However, some people wants to know more than what they have been given. Some may even think that when information is not readily accessible or available, the Church is trying to hide something or the doctrine is not true. Some may even resort to finding information from other sources that are vastly available on the Internet. Nephi’s brother, Jacob, taught, “Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways.” It is not expedient for man to know everything or to have a perfect knowledge of all things all at once. The Lord’s mysteries are not all revealed for a wise purpose.
However, it does not mean that man cannot ask the Lord for understanding and seek revelation. He wants everyone to understand His pattern of receiving personal revelation, which is, “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little”.
Instead of seeking for things we ought not, the Lord wants us to seek understanding of the plain and precious truths that He has already revealed. He beckons everyone to search the scriptures and learn the principles contained therein. And like the prophet Nephi, cry unto the Lord with a great desire to know the mysteries of God, and He will soften our hearts and know that the principles He has revealed are true.
Let us not seek the things that have not been revealed yet. The Lord, in His own due time, will make His mysteries known for the benefit of man. Let us not seek the things we ought not lest the plain and precious truths already revealed be taken away from us. Let us not become the people that Jacob described, “But behold, [they] were a stiffnecked people; and they despised the words of plainness … and sought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken away his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand, because they desired it.”
There are no secrets in the Church… just sacred things.