In this interview, we delve into how Russell M. Nelson, the leader of the LDS Church, addresses doubt.
Nelson’s 2021 talk on doubts and “lazy learners” encourages members to “choose to believe” and not dwell on doubts. He suggests applying this approach to real-world situations, reframing faith to transcend evidence, and using the bandwagon effect to suppress doubts.
The conversation also explores how Nelson portrays both fulfillment and failure as aspects of faith. The church historian in 2023 acknowledges compelling reasons for doubt, yet Kyle McKay uses Nelson’s talk to instill fear of doubt in members.