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August 2009 Visit Teaching Message: Seek Education and Life Long Learning
Seek Education and Life Long Learning
Doesn't it show how important knowledge is, when it has been said that it is the only thing we can take with us after we pass on? As I read this article it rang a bell. My patriarchal blessing also says how important an education is. It is something that I have thought about a lot. After high school I attended college for a few years, but ended up quitting, so I could work full time as my husband went to school. Looking back I do wish that I would have finished and received my degree. I do believe a college education is important, but I also do believe that it is not the only kind of education or the only way you can gain knowledge. Elder Robert D. Hales says, “Lifelong learning is essential to the vitality of the human mind, body, and soul. It enhances self-worth and self-actuation. Lifelong learning is invigorating mentally and is a great defense against aging, depression, and self-doubt.” I believe you can be a life long learner in many things. Can't the Homemaking mother be a life long learner of developing her skills as a housekeeper, chef, baker, artist, organizer, financial expert, etc.? Learning skills from family members and friends, taking online courses, watching tutorials, taking a class on a subject that interest you are all excellent ways of learning. Also I think by developing new talents is another way we can learn. I would like to go back and obtain a degree someday (right now not really feasible with small children), but I know that for now I can learn something everyday.
I do also know that the best place to start and continue learning in through the scriptures and church materials. I love this quote from Sister Julie Beck, "Every woman can be a gospel doctrine instructor in her home, and every sister in the Church needs gospel knowledge as a leader and teacher. If you have not already developed the habit of daily scripture study, start now and keep studying in order to be prepared for your responsibilities in this life and in the eternities.” I know that as I truly study the scriptures and other church materials I am more in tune with the spirit. My days seem to go better and my attitude is happier. It is amazing the peace you feel in your life by doing such a simple thing.