Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. 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. (D&C 130:18-19)
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in eternal progression, which means the righteous will still have the opportunity to progress after they die. They will continue to learn, grow, and improve. Members believe learning is a journey that began before this life where we existed as spirits in the presence of our Heavenly Father. He taught us in that pre-existent life. The importance of education continues during our mortal life where we can learn through study, prayer, and experience. This process will then continue into our eternal life after we die. Those who have done all they can to educate themselves in this life will have an advantage in the world to come.
The Importance of Education in School
There are many different sources of education, and it is a good idea to pursue as many as possible. First, there is education obtained by attending school. Latter-day Saints are encouraged to obtain as much education as possible, depending on location, finances, and ability. The LDS Church is so dedicated to education that it owns and operates several institutions of higher education such as Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, BYU-Hawaii, and others.
No matter what you study, the process of acquiring an education is a refining one. It builds skills such as discipline, self-control, the ability to study, and the ability to think critically. These abilities not only help provide for a family, but also help to serve in the Kingdom of God. For example, a person who studies to be an electrician can find a job to support his family and at the same time help those in his congregation who are in need. God often answers prayers through capable people. To gain an education is to become a more capable tool in God’s hands.
Learning From Our Heavenly Father
In order to recognize the true value of education, learning in the way of the world should be coupled with learning from our Heavenly Father. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni stated: “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5). Our Father in Heaven teaches us through the Holy Ghost – who can speak to you “…in your mind and in your heart…” (D&C 8:2). The Holy Ghost should be seen as someone who is a companion to our learning. He can direct our thoughts to the most important aspects of something we are learning, can bring things to our remembrance at critical times, and can even teach us directly through thoughts, impressions, and feelings. Whenever we are learning anything, we should pray for the presence of the Holy Ghost to assist us. The Holy Ghost’s job is to testify of truth, and truth can be found in all fields from math, to science, to history and religion.
Receiving truth from the Holy Ghost leaves a more powerful impression on the soul than does anything else. In order to learn with the help of the Holy Ghost, we must be willing to study our questions out in our own minds, keep ourselves righteous and worthy, and then approach God through prayer to ask for His divine assistance. The Doctrine and Covenants talks about how this works. The following passage was given to a man who sought knowledge from God.
Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong… . (D&C 9:7-9)
The Importance of Continuing Our Education
Education is not something that just needs to happen while you are in school or at church. It is our responsibility to further our education even when not doing so formally. The Lord commanded us to “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 109:7) and 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; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—“ (D&C 88:79).
We can turn to good books, reputable sources on the Internet, and to experts on various subjects to further our education. Study the lives of people who made a difference and find out what made them great. Study the scriptures, which contain wisdom directly from God.
Remember the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about gaining greater knowledge and applying it. We cannot be saved in our ignorance and cannot use this as an excuse if we truly had the opportunity to educate ourselves. Our Father in Heaven also knows the importance of education and so will bless us when we strive to achieve it throughout our lives.
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