Pilate therefore said unto him,
“What is truth?” (John 18:38)
Though not an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as the Mormon Church), this website is run by active members of the Church and exists to provide accurate and complete information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rather than inaccurate or incomplete information from people who are not members, disaffiliated with the Church, or who simply do not understand it.
A further aim of this website, then, is to promote understanding. M. Russell Ballard, a Mormon Apostle, wrote the following:
Consider for a moment the word understanding.
It’s a simple word, really—one that most of us use every day. But it means something that is quite remarkable. With understanding we can strengthen relationships, revitalize neighborhoods, unify nations, and even bring peace to a troubled world. Without it chaos, intolerance, hate, and war are often the result.
In other words, misunderstanding. (Our Search for Happiness. Salt Lake City: Deseret. 1993. 1.)
What he says next can be applied to the purpose of this website:
If I had to pick one word to describe my objective in writing . . . , it would be understanding. More than anything else, I would like those who read these pages—especially those who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—to better understand the Church and its members. That doesn’t necessarily mean that my goal is to have every reader become a member of the Church, or even to accept our doctrines and practices—although I would be less than honest if I did not acknowledge that I would be pleased to see those things happen. But that isn’t really the purpose of this . . . [It] is about comprehension and understanding, not conversion. It has more to do with building trust, appreciation, and respect than it does with increasing church membership. (Ibid., 1)
In order to begin our journey of understanding, we must start at the bottom, the definition of Truth.