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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Doctrine and Covenants 130:18-19


(2/11/03)
"Now, since intelligence is co-eternal with God and is the very glory of God, it follows logically that it is the chief investiture of man. Indeed, it is man, for it is that part of his constituency that persists, that is eternal. This knowing, conceiving, illuminating principle of existence lies at the base of all our powers and potentialities. Without it there would be no virtue and no sin. It alone gives to man his free agency, the power to choose, to will, and to act, conscious of the effects of his decisions and his deeds. It accounts for the place of good and evil in the world and justifies their existence, a philosophical problem that has baffled the minds and the thinking of great scholars, of all time." Stephen L Richards, "Conference Report," April 1938, p. 20

(2/12/03)
"President Brigham Young taught that education should 'improve our minds and fit us for increased usefulness,' and 'make us of greater service to the human family.' 'Education,' he explained, 'is the power to think clearly, to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life.'" Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding Peace in Our Lives," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 231

(2/13/03)
"Learning by faith is an obtainable reality. I know it from experience myself. The Prophet spoke truth when he said that 'all the minds and spirits that God ever sent into the world are susceptible of enlargement.' He also spoke the truth when he said: '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 130:19.)" Marion G. Romney, "Learning for the Eternities," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977], p. 80

(2/14/03)
"Reading the experiences of others, or the revelation given to them, can never give us a comprehensive view of our condition and true relation to God. Knowledge of these things can only be obtained by experience through ordinances of God set forth for that purpose." — "Teachings of the Prophet, Joseph Smith," p. 324

(2/15/03)
"All of the godly attributes, to the degree developed through our 'diligence and obedience,' will actually rise with us in the resurrection, giving us 'so much the advantage in the world to come' (D&C 130:19). After we leave this life there will be no sudden setting apart that will, for instance, make us instantly perfect in the attribute of patience. Instead, we are to 'work out' this dimension of our exaltation now and subsequently. Hence it is best to aim for steady progression rather than to be intimidated and immobilized by the concept of being perfect or 'finished or completed.' We should display diligent discipleship but not expect it all to happen either at once or easily." Neal A. Maxwell, "Men and Women of Christ," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 21


 
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