Knowledge

Education is very important.

Nephi opens the Book of Mormon by expressing gratitude that he had been “taught somewhat in all the learning of [his] father” (1 Nephi 1:1). Jacob tells us that it is good to be learned, as long as we remain humble and follow the commandments of God (2 Nephi 9:29). Alma says that if we give heed and diligence to God, then we will learn more and more of His mysteries (Alma 12:9-11).

Joseph Smith taught that the knowledge we gain will continue to be valuable after we die:

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.

Doctrine and Covenants 130:18-19

Elder J. Reuben Clark said:

He who invades the domain of knowledge must approach it as Moses came to the burning bush; he stands on holy ground; he would acquire things sacred. We must come to this quest of truth—in all regions of human knowledge whatsoever, not only in reverence, but with a spirit of worship.

“Charge to President Howard S. McDonald,” Improvement Era, Jan. 1946, 15, quoted in Dallin H. Oaks and Kristen M. Oaks, “Learning and Latter-day Saints,” Liahona, April 2009

Today, I will take advantage of opportunities to learn. I will remember that an investment of time and energy in education will pay rich dividends, not only in this life but in eternity.

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