The Quest for Truth
Our quest for truth should be as broad as our life’s activities and as deep as our circumstances permit. A learned Latter-day Saint should seek to understand the important religious, physical, social, and political problems of the day. The more knowledge we have of heavenly laws and earthly things, the greater influence we can exert for good on those around us and the safer we will be from scurrilous and evil influences that may confuse and destroy us.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Learning and Latter-day Saints“
Putting Spiritual Learning First Does Not Relieve Us From Learning Secular Things
The Lord clearly values what you will find in that history book and in a text on political theory. Remember His words. He wants you to know “things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations” (D&C88:79). And He favors not only Spanish verbs but the study of geography and demography. You remember that His educational charter requires that we have “a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms” (D&C 88:79). There is also an endorsement for questions we study in the sciences. It is clear that putting spiritual learning first does not relieve us from learning secular things. On the contrary, it gives our secular learning purpose and motivates us to work harder at it.
If we will keep spiritual learning in its proper place, we will have to make some hard choices of how we use our time. But there should never be a conscious choice to let the spiritual become secondary as a pattern in our lives. Never. That will lead to tragedy. The tragedy may not be obvious at first, nor may it ever be clear in mortal life. But remember, you are interested in education, not just for mortal life but for eternal life. When you see that reality clearly with spiritual sight, you will put spiritual learning first and yet not slight the secular learning. In fact, you will work harder at your secular learning than you would without that spiritual vision.
Elder Henry B. Eyring, “Education for Real Life,” Ensign, October 2002, 14
D&C 130: 18-19
18 Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
19 And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.
Our Creator Expects His Children Everywhere to Gain an Education as a Personal Endeavor
“Your mind is precious! It is sacred,” he said at that time. “Therefore, the education of one’s mind is also sacred. Indeed, education is a religious responsibility. Of course, our opportunities and abilities will vary a great deal. But, in the pursuit of one’s education, individual desire is more important than is the institution you choose; personal drive is more significant than is the faculty.
“Our Creator expects His children everywhere to gain an education as a personal endeavor. He issued this commandment: “Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118; emphasis added). When you leave this frail existence, your material possessions will remain here, but the Lord has declared that the knowledge you acquire here will rise with you in the resurrection (see D&C 130:18–19). In light of this celestial perspective, if you impulsively drop out or otherwise cut short your education, you would not only disregard a divine decree but also abbreviate your own eternal potential.”
Elder Russell M. Nelson “Education: A Religious Responsibility”
Open Your Child’s eyes to His Future
By Donna & Brian Norris
“And if a person gains more knowledge…he will have so much the advantage…” D&C 130:19
Summary: There are too few jobs for children that do not attend college or a vocational school. Continuing education after high school should be a goal for ALL children. We should ALL encourage our children to go to college and make it an expectation rather than a question. Discuss this with them at an early age so that when they are in the first grade, they already know that all of this schooling will be to prepare them for college. Expose children early on to varied experiences to help them broaden their view of occupations.
OK, let’s face the facts… there are just too few jobs for students who don’t go to college or attend a vocational school. College has become a necessity to have a future with viable options. Too many kids today are waking up the morning after high school graduation and wonder, “what should I do now?”
In this article, we discuss ways to try to get your child excited and pointed towards college at an early age. Children even as young as three or four years old start forming their opinions of the world around them. So why not start talking about college with them? Most young children become fascinated with firemen, doctors or nurses, equipment operators, teachers and construction workers because they see these individuals working their occupations and it looks exciting. These workers are making a lot of noise as they are operating their equipment, driving fast with sirens and using construction tools to build buildings. This is the time to start introducing the idea that these people worked hard to get to do these jobs. They went to college and formal training after high school. Ask your child “would you like to do what they are doing?” when the child answers yes, tell the child that “these people went to college to get these jobs. Let the child know that they can do these jobs if they go to college. Make that connection early on so the idea of going to college becomes an expectation and goal throughout their school years rather than a question after high school. You can work this process everywhere you go. The dentist, theater, post office, grocery store, airport, hairdresser… literally everywhere you go. Read more…
D&C 90: 14-15
Education Is a Commandment
Prophets and apostles teach that education is an eternal principle, following the Savior’s counsel that “the glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth” (D&C 93:36) and that “whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection” (D&C 130:18).
“For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea—it’s a commandment,” says President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. Members of the Church are instructed to learn “of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad” (D&C 88:79).
Prophets and Apostles “Education Is a Commandment”
Importance of Secular and Spiritual Education
Secular knowledge and spiritual knowledge can complement each other. Because God created the earth and the things that inhabit it, studying geology, physics and biology teaches us more about the greatness of our Creator. Authors and poets can write with heavenly inspiration, so reading their work can give us insight into the nature of our souls and what it means to be human. Sometimes listening to a piece of music can help us feel God’s love. Both secular knowledge and spiritual knowledge benefit from dialogue. Both require observation, work, and practice. So although we sometimes think of secular and spiritual as opposites or even as contradictory, a true knowledge of God and the world He created shows us that understanding one helps to understand the other.
Lifelong Learning on mormon.org