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Value of A Classic Education

“We cannot see the future with precision, but we can know what the Lord intends to accomplish and what it will take [for] each of us to qualify personally to participate,” President Henry B. Eyring

I dropped out of High School in 1970 at a time of personal struggle to know myself. I have worked at learning and value it more now than when I thought I knew it all. The spirit of learning is a part of the Gospel of Love that allows one to become his or her best in order to serve and help others. I am thankful for the focus the Gospel has given me for learning what God would have me know.

“Your mind is precious! It is sacred,” Elder Russel M. Nelson “Therefore, the education of one’s mind is also sacred. Indeed, education is a religious responsibility. Of course, our opportunities and abilities will vary a great deal. But, in the pursuit of one’s education, individual desire is more important than is the institution you choose; personal drive is more significant than is the faculty.”

I believe, brothers and sisters, that these verses in section 68 (D&C68:25-28) are a powerful admonition for parents to create a home wherein the Spirit of the Lord can reside. Within a Christ-centered home, love, trust, and confidence invite the presence of the Holy Ghost. In such a home the Holy Ghost can teach children to understand. Ultimately, it is not parents who do the teaching. Certainly, parents must diligently and effectively explain basic gospel doctrines, teach true principles, and share sacred experiences. But who truly does the teaching and certifies the truthfulness of what we come to know? The Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead. He is the Comforter who knows all things. He is thereby able to search the minds and hearts of all of us and then tailor a blessing to us, according to our individual needs and circumstances. And it is teaching and certifying by the Spirit that produces understanding. Parents in Zion have the responsibility to establish and maintain that type of Christ-centered and spirit-filled home.Elder David A. Bednar


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