The Greater Things – Ether 4:13

13 Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.

I’ve learned a lot this week as I’ve studied Book of Mormon teachings about knowledge and education. Here are some of the principles that I’ve identified:
  1. Heavenly Father wants us to gain knowledge. He wants to teach us and He is disappointed when we are unwilling to learn.
  2. It is important to seek answers to our questions from reliable sources of information. Debate and discussion among people who don’t know the answer and don’t know how to find the answer is a waste of time. In particular, if we want to learn about God, we need to seek answers through prayer and through studying the words of His authorized servants.
  3. If we want to learn, we have to humble ourselves and be teachable
  4. We can learn from the experiences of others, both positive and negative. 
  5. Knowledge comes incrementally. We shouldn’t assume that we can learn everything at once, and as we are learning, we should be careful not to be too impressed with the knowledge we have already gained.
  6. Not all knowledge is of equal value. We should prioritize topics of greater importance over those of lesser importance. 
I’m grateful for the understanding that the Book of Mormon provides on the topic of knowledge and education. Today I will recommit to incorporate these principles into my life.
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