“Many . . . Are Only Kept from the Truth Because They Know Not Where to Find It . . .”

Doctrine and Covenants 123:11–12

11 And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart—
12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it . . .

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said:

“Thank you also for praying for the missionaries. Everyone prays for the missionaries. May it ever be so. In that same spirit, we should also pray for those who are (or who need to be) meeting the missionaries. In Zarahemla, members were commanded to ‘join in fasting and mighty prayer’ (Alma 6:6) for those who had not yet joined the Church of God. We can do the same.

“We can also pray daily for our own personal missionary experiences. Pray that under the divine management of such things, the missionary opportunity you want is already being prepared in the heart of someone who longs for and looks for what you have. ‘There are many yet on the earth . . . who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it’ (D&C 123:12). Pray that they will find you! And then be alert, because there are multitudes in your world who feel a famine in their lives, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the word of the Lord (see Amos 8:11).”

(“Witnesses unto Me,” Ensign, May 2001, 15.)