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"The path of safety to the learned and all of us in the kingdom of God is to hearken and obey the counsels of God in all things." — Delbert L. Stapley, May 5, 1964, "BYU Speeches of the Year," p. 3
"Amidst the greatest learning that the world has ever seen, we have seen the greatest perishing the world has ever seen, and our greatest learning has been utilized for the destruction of God's children. 'But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.' Again, no man receiveth the fulness of truth-no man may be truly educated-except he keep the commandments of our Father in heaven." — Joseph F. Smith, "Conference Report," April 1946, p. 62
"If a person chooses to set aside the things of the Spirit while pursuing only academic endeavors, the outcome is predictable. For those who choose to row with only one oar for an extended period of time, one set of muscles is strengthened while the others become atrophied. At a later date, as graduates with degrees, such individuals may stack their acquired academic knowledge against the thin threads of a faith that has been weakened through neglect. Their spiritual strength may have remained at or retrogressed to an elementary school level. And when they endeavor to make judgments of things of the Spirit that come only by faith, the great reservoir of truth into which they could have dipped will be shallow, discolored, or stagnant." — Ardeth Greene Kapp, "I Walk by Faith," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1987], p. 98-99
"The inability of the learning of the world to successfully deal with our sick society today is due to the fact that both the learned and the unlearned reckon without knowledge of or belief in the realities of eternity, past and future. So doing, their prospects for success, in spite of their boasted advances in behavioral and social sciences, are no greater than would be those of a playwright writing what he considered to be a one-act play, but which in fact was to be the second act of a three-act play. The first act would have already been presented and would have dealt with matters that he had no knowledge of or belief in; and the guidelines for the third act, which he likewise had no knowledge of or belief in, would have already been irreversibly established." — Marion G. Romney, "Learning for the Eternities," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977], p. 51
"The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich. The learned may feel the prophet is only inspired when he agrees with them; otherwise, the prophet is just giving his opinion-speaking as a man. The rich may feel they have no need to take counsel of a lowly prophet." — Ezra Taft Benson, "The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988], p. 138
The central purpose of the Book of Mormon is its testament of Jesus Christ. Of more than 6,000 verses in the Book of Mormon, far more than half refer directly to Him.
So, “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Ne. 25:26).
The Book of Mormon is an endless treasure of wisdom and inspiration, of counsel and correction, “adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest [among us]” (D&C 89:3). At once, it is rich in nourishment for the most learned, if they will humble themselves (see 2 Ne. 9:28–29). – Boyd K. Packer, “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ—Plain and Precious Things,” Ensign (CR) May 2005
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