Friday, March 26, 2010
Education is important to bringing freedom to our families, and there are many subjects that we can study. Doctrine and Covenants 93:36-37 reads, "The glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake the evil one." We gain knowledge through education. The most important knowledge we can gain is the knowledge of God and His work. We should devote our time to studying the scriptures (Doctrine and Covenants 26:1). We can gain much instruction through studying the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures (see Doctrine and Covenants 33:16). Every parent needs gospel knowledge in order to teach their children effectively. If you have not yet developed the habit of daily scripture study, I encourage you to start today. The information in the scriptures can free you from the stresses of this life and prepare you for eternal life. Other knowledge is important to keeping families free. Studying about finances, budgets, and investing can save us from big problems such as debt and bad investments. Studying the United States Constitution can help to keep our entire nation free. Studying about nutrition can keep our families free from preventable health problems. Education can help us in many ways. President Thomas S. Monson taught, "Beyond our study of spiritual matters, secular learning is also essential…. I urge you to pursue your education - if you are not already doing so or have not done so - that you might be prepared to provide if circumstances necessitate such. "Your talents will expand as you study and learn. You will be able to better assist your families in their learning, and you will have peace of mind in knowing that you have prepared yourself for the eventualities that you may encounter in life" ("Three Goals to Guide You," Ensign, Nov. 2007, 119).