Why We Wonder

"I believe in women, especially women who think," were the words of a woman who wondered - Emmeline B. Wells. Are women who think, question and wonder a detriment to the established order of heaven and its ecclesiastical counterpart here on earth? Or are they its mighty bulwark?

Let's ask the prophet Joseph Smith. After all, he was the instrument of the Restoration of truth, knowledge and priesthood power. He said, "The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching" (History of the Church 4:425). This is especially true in a day when we are promised that truth will continue to be restored line upon line until knowledge covers the earth as the waters do the sea (Doctrines of Salvation 1:86-87).

There are still things to find out, and the questions may not be answered even by people whose profession it is to study them. "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength," the Psalmist said (Psalms 8:2). Babes and sucklings are the weakest creatures of us all. Spiritual "sucklings" know their dependence on the Lord and draw their daily strength from him like a child connected to its mother. 

Joseph Smith only restored truth as fast as he was able to ask the questions. Just as we can experience personal apostasy, we also live a personal restoration of truth and light. Are we asking the questions that will bring us closer to the day of perfect brightness? Are we studying all that God has already revealed to man through his prophets, and then pondering on what lies in that gap between what he has already revealed and what he will yet reveal as being the great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Article of Faith #9).

And what about speculation? Is it safe to speculate on things that may not be of pressing relevance to our daily walk? Speculation is a useful tool, we Wonder Women think. It feeds the imagination and prepares the mind to consider what it doesn't already know. How could we form our questions without the aid of speculation.  

Women who think, question, and wonder are the Lord's greatest asset, as long as we do those things prayerfully and faithfully. We will know for ourselves. We will teach from our own understanding. Things the women of the world would never even think to consider will be ours for the knowing. We will prepare ourselves for the glorious, (almost) unimaginable life to come. This is why we wonder.

Listen to our discussion of this topic on our podcast.