He teaches us some actions each of us can take when we need answers for ourselves. (See Joseph Smith-History 1:5-20.)
"I Have Learned For Myself" Checklist:
1. Have I given the matter serious reflection?
2. Are my feelings deep and often poignant?
3. Have I given it enough time?
4. Have I become partial? Come to my own conclusion?
5. Have I done my homework? Paid the price?
6. Can I come to a certain conclusion any other way?
7. How often have I pondered and asked?
8. Have I labored to get an answer?
9. Have I gone to the scriptures for answers?
10. Have I acted on clues or hints found in the scriptures?
11. Will ridicule or reviling make what I know to be true become false?
12. Can the world make me think otherwise?
13. Do I fear offending God more than man?
14. Have I prayed vocally?
15. Have I found a place without interruption?
16. Have I knelt in prayer?
17. Have I offered up the desires of my heart?
18. Do I have a specific object in mind? Pray specifically?
19. Am I prepared to receive an answer I haven’t yet conceived?
Shared with permission from Eric Richards' Scripture Teaching Ideas.