“Study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people” (D&C 90:15).
As we become acquainted with truth in good sources of all kinds, we are better prepared to work in the world and serve in the kingdom of God. The Lord revealed, “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth” (D&C 93:36). All truth comes from Heavenly Father and is designed for the good of His children. God wants us to educate our minds, improve our skills, and perfect our abilities so we can be a better influence for good in the world; provide for ourselves, our family, and those in need; and build God’s kingdom (see D&C 88:78–80).
All truth, whether religious or secular, is included in God’s plan for our salvation and happiness. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: “Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life … he will have so much the advantage in the world to come” (D&C 130:18–19).
The Lord has given each of us gifts and encourages us to improve upon them and seek other gifts (see D&C 46:8, 11; 1 Corinthians 12:31). He has also instructed us to “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). Church leaders encourage members to engage in efforts to increase literacy, learning, and skills training.
God’s modern-day prophets have encouraged both men and women to get as much education as they can. President Gordon B. Hinckley told young men to “work for an education. … Get all the training you can” (“Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Someday Marry,” Ensign or Liahona, May 1998). President Thomas S. Monson urged the young women of the Church to “pursue your education—if you are not already doing so or have not done so” (“Three Goals to Guide You,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007).
Scripture Study Resources
Prophets and Church Leaders
Prophets and Apostles
- President Thomas S. Monson, “Three Goals to Guide You,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Two Principles for Any Economy,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009
- President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Perpetual Education Fund,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2001
Other Church Leaders
- Elder Kim B. Clark, “Encircled About with Fire,” Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Satellite Broadcast, Aug. 2015
- Elder Craig A. Cardon, “Education,” New Era, Jan. 2013
- Elder Paul V. Johnson, “A Higher Education,” New Era, Apr. 2009
- Bishop Gérald Caussé, “Even a Child Can Understand,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008
Teachings of Presidents of the Church
- “Gaining Knowledge of Eternal Truths,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, chapter 22
- “Learning by Study and by Faith,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, chapter 27
- “The Value of Education,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, chapter 10
- “Seek to Be Educated in the Truth,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, chapter 35
- Church Educational System
- Apply to Church Schools
- Institutes of Religion
- Brigham Young University
- LDS Business College
- Perpetual Education Fund
- “Education,” For the Strength of Youth
- “The Value of Education,” Ensign or Liahona, Jan. 2013
- “The Power of Education,” Ensign or Liahona, June 2011
- “Recognizing and Developing Talents and Abilities,” The Gospel and the Productive Life Student Manual, chapter 7
- “Seek Learning by Study and by Faith,” The Gospel and the Productive Life Student Manual, chapter 10
- “Seek Learning by Study and by Faith,” The Gospel and the Productive Life Teacher Manual
- “Education for a Better Life”
- “Education for Self-Reliance”
- “Paying for My Education”
- “Standards: Education—The Glory of God Is Intelligence”
- “Chapter 5: How Will I Succeed in the Classroom?”