Monday, July 7, 2008

Learning: "With All Thy Getting - Get Understanding"

These are a few quotes from Chapter five of the book I've been reading by the late President Gordon B. Hinkley, "Standing for Something." This is such an awesome book - I hope sharing these quotes inspires people to go get the book and read it for themselves. To view the other chapters, click on the label "Standing for Something" on the left of the screen.

This chapter is on learning and education:

"No matter how old we become, we can acquire knowledge and use it. We can gather wisdom and profit from it. We can grow and progress and improve- and, in the process, strengthen the lives of those within our circle of influence."

"I believe that the glory of God is intelligence, and that the Almighty takes delight in our efforts to improve and enrich and enhance our minds."

"May I be so bold as to suggest that far too many people spend far too much time mesmerized by the mindless drivel that too often inhabits television airwaves, videos, and other forms of electronic media. What a great contrast it is, a refreshing and liberating contrast to read the great literature of the ages, or the word of God as recorded in sacred books of scripture."

".... we must never stop learning. The more we learn, the more we are in a position to learn. I urge parents everywhere to make a determined effort to create and cultivate within their homes an atmosphere of learning and the growth that will come of it."

"None of us can assume that we have learned enough. I have lived long enough now to say with certainty that as the door closes on one phase of life, it opens on another. It therefore behooves us, and is our charge , to grow constantly toward eternity in what must be a ceaseless quest for truth. And as we search for truth, let us look for the good, the beautiful and the positive."

"The Savior taught, 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' (Matt 5:14-16) It is not enough just to live, just to survive. It is incumbent on each of us to equip ourselves to do something worthwhile in society- to acquire more and more light, so that our personal light can help illuminate a darkened world."

- all quotes by Gordon B. Hinckley

1 comment:

Tony said...

As a youth in High School, I have always admired President Hinckley's admonishment for us to continue in our learning, and since joining this wonderful church last year I have found myself striving to do just that, and so many blessings have come out of that advice from an academic standpoint that I can't help but acknowledge the Lord in my education. Thanks for posting this!