The Pursuit of Learning: A Lifelong Process


The Pursuit of Learning:

Objective: To understand our responsibility to continue to learn throughout our lives.

“I now turn the key in your behalf in the name of the Lord, and this Society shall rejoice, and knowledge and intelligence shall flow down from this time henceforth.” So said the Prophet Joseph Smith as he spoke to the sisters gathered at an early Relief Society meeting soon after its organization. (See History of the Church, 4:607.) It is our responsibility to place ourselves in a position to receive that “knowledge and intelligence” that the prophet made clear would be the right and blessing of every worthy sister.

Each of us comes to earth with a specific trait we inherited from our heavenly parents, a natural thirst to continually learn and progress. Our Heavenly Father is waiting to bless us with knowledge. “As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.” (D&C 121:33.)

President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency reminds us that “women today are afforded the same opportunity to study for science, for the professions, and for every other facet of human knowledge. You are as entitled as are men to the Spirit of Christ, which enlightens every man and woman who comes into the world.” President Hinckley counsels women that, even though marriage and family should be their principal priorities, where applicable, they should “pursue educational programs” and also “enhance [their] appreciation of the arts and culture.” (See Ensign, Nov. 1985, p. 89.)

Whatever our current situations, we can seek experiences that will increase our knowledge and enlighten our understanding. We can each make our home a house of learning, surrounding ourselves with the scriptures, good books, uplifting music, and healthful activities. (See D&C 88:119.) We can study our Sunday School and Relief Society lessons weekly, even if we have other callings that prevent us from attending every meeting.

President Spencer W. Kimball said, “We do not desire the women of the Church to be uninformed or ineffective. You will be better mothers and wives, both in this life and in eternity, if you sharpen the skills you have been given and use the talents with which God has blessed you.” (Ensign, Oct. 1979, p. 103.) He also emphasized the need each woman has to study the scriptures, adding, “We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians.” (Ibid., p. 102.)

Some of us may choose formal educational routes of learning. Some will make contributions in science, medicine, or business. Some of us will create art. But all of us have the potential to have a righteous influence in the lives of our families, friends, or students.

As we choose our path through life, we can know if that path is acceptable to God. “If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.” (D&C 42:61.)

Suggestions for Visiting Teachers

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    What can you do to make your home a “house of learning”?

  2. 2.

    How does a woman’s love of learning influence those around her?

(See Family Home Evening Resource Book, pp. 200–2 and 225–6 for related materials.)

[illustration] Illustrated by Beth Maryon Whittaker