…ink for yourself and to view your beliefs, whatever they are, as waypoints instead of destinations. Ultimately, what Joseph Smith learned in his teens matters much less than what you will learn in yours. So choose faith. Trust enough to learn as you live and follow the truth you discover.
Doubt all things. Doubt your religion. Doubt your doubt. Doubt your faith. Doubt this letter. But never confuse doubt with fear. Fear tells you there’s no way to know. Fear tells you to draw lines between us and other. Doubt teaches you to be curious and trust your inner voice. Doubt inspires a sense of wonder. Doubt is where true confidence begins.
I tell you all the time it shouldn’t matter what others think of you, and I really mean it. But I struggle with it, too. I don’t need to feel understood by the bishop, or the neighbors, or even my siblings. But it matters to me that you understand me. I don’t mind if you think I’m wrong, but I want you to know the real reasons your dad doesn’t come to priesthood with you. Then, even if a neighbor or a friend pities you for having an apostate dad, I’ll know you know why.