The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Education

"Here then are four of the factors that have contributed to loss of faith among a small proportion of those who seek or have sought higher education: (1) Starvation of faith through lack of study and practice of gospel principles; (2) imitation of persons who have acquired improper habits of life; (3) immorality; and (4) the failure to understand the real relationship that religion bears to all truth." — Elder James Talmage, Evidences and Reconciliations, p.43

Samuel Johnson made an interesting observation when he wrote: 'Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless. . . . Knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.' (Rasselas, ch. 41.) Leaders in schools of elementary, secondary, and higher education know that the true success of their system is measured by the man it forms. Such is also true of families, politics, governments, and religion." — Elder Royden G. Derrick, General Conference, October 1984

Developing character in harmony with the purpose of life is another great aim of education, and the path to happiness. We must understand the proper objective of education and approach learning with humility, sincerity, spirituality, and a keen desire for truth. President Joseph F. Smith named false educational ideas as one of three dangers that threaten the Church within (see GD, pp. 312-13)." — Elder Robert L. Beckman, BYU Speeches of the Year, August 20, 1991

A wise woman renews herself. In proper season, she develops her talents and continues her education. She musters the discipline to reach her goals. She dispels darkness and opens windows of truth to light her way." — Elder Russell M. Nelson (October 1989)

We should seek substantial information, and trust little to that kind of so-called learning that is based upon theory. We should pluck fruit from the tree of knowledge, and taste, then shall our eyes be open to see, our ears to hear and our hearts to understand. I would recommend the same course to those who have not embraced and tasted the sweets of 'Mormonism.' We should get wisdom by reading and by study. We should introduce the best books into our schools for the education and improvement of our children. Let our schoolteachers seek constantly to fasten upon the young mind useful information, and banish from their schools, every study that only tends to perplex the student and waste his valuable time." — Discourses of Brigham Young, p.261

Brethren and sisters, take this matter to your hearts, for it is one of the great missions of the Latter-day Saints to do all in their power to educate the rising generation and to teach them the principles of eternal truth." — Elder George Albert Smith, General Conference, April 1872

"God has a timetable, or a sequence or season, for every good thing. A mission, when the time arrives, takes priority over marriage and education. When one is mature enough and has found the right companion, then marriage should not be delayed for education. While all three--mission, marriage, and education—are essential, there is a proper time for each." — Ezra Taft Benson, "In His Steps," "Ensign," Sept. 1988, 6

"If you want to gain an education, you don't drop out along the way—just as you don't pay to dine at an elegant restaurant only to walk away after sampling the salad." — Russell M. Nelson, "Endure and Be Lifted Up," "Ensign," May 1997, 71

"Let me tell you what I see in you. I see in you young women who are getting an education and are preparing to bless others through it. Please, for yourself and your future family, choose a fine education. Be qualified. Be well rounded. Work hard." — Margaret D. Nadauld, "Turning Hearts to the Family," "Ensign," May 1998, 90

"You are all in school. Do not waste your time. This is a time of great opportunity that you will never have again as long as you live. Make the most of it right now. It is wonderfully challenging, it is hard, it is tough. But what a wonderful thing to go and learn of all the accumulated knowledge of all of the centuries of time that is at your disposal. Go on to college or whatever school, vocational school, whatever your choice is. But take advantage of every opportunity that you have, because the Lord has laid upon you a mandate through revelation to the Prophet Joseph Smith concerning not only spiritual learning but secular learning, and yours is the responsibility and you can't afford to waste your time. There is so much to learn. Be smart. Give it the very best that you have' (Youth Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 14 Apr. 1996)." — Gordon B. Hinckley, "Inspirational Thoughts," "Ensign," Aug. 1997, 5

"We can never get far from the revealed fact that it is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance and that the person who has diligently gained more knowledge and intelligence (i.e., truth) in this life will have great advantages in the world to come. (See D&C 131:6; D&C 130:19.) To study the scriptures, to obey the living prophets, to pray and meditate upon the truths of the gospel--in short, to know things as they really are--these will lead us to freedom." — Jeffrey R. Holland, "Whom Say Ye That I Am?" "Ensign," Sept. 1974, 8

"From an eternal perspective what each of us needs is a Ph.D. in faith and righteousness. The things that will profit us everlastingly are not the power to reason, but the ability to receive revelation; not the truths learned by study, but the knowledge gained by faith; not what we know about the things of the world, but our knowledge of God and his laws." - Bruce R. McConkie, "The Lord's People Receive Revelation," Ensign (CR), June 1971, p.77

“We are in the school and keep learning, and we do not expect to cease learning while we live on earth; and when we pass through the veil, we expect still to continue to learn and increase our fund of information. That may appear a strange idea to some; but it is for the plain and simple reason that we are not capacitated to receive all knowledge at once. We must therefore receive a little here and a little there.” – “Discourses of Brigham Young,” selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe, p. 91

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