Quick non-side-bar side-bar -- I have tried to focus my learning of spiritual things to what is available in the church. I have felt that there is safety in sticking to the side I feel is right. Obviously, I haven't scratched the surface of current knowledge available. I also have experienced the spirit bearing witness to me on a few subjects, and I know of the veracity of learning through the spirit.
In my reading, I was blown away the other day by a "civilian book" on a civilian subject. I didn't agree with what was being represented, but it opened my mind to a new idea, which in turn affected (read strengthened, clarified, what have you,) what I thought I already knew. It sufficeth to say, for now, that when I hear of a gathering of people claiming to seek and share knowledge, I pay more attention now than I used to even a week before.
I looked them up. So far "them" is a "he" who states that he is a member of the LDS church in good standing, and yes, this is important to me.