Friday, October 8, 2010

Great Resource!

Here's a link the the Provident Living site from There are several wonderful talks and stories that encourage educating the family.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

“Encouraging Parents to Teach Their Children,” Ensign, Feb. 2001, 68

President Hinckley suggested we teach our children the following:

Teach them to develop good friendships. Latter-day Saint youth should choose friends who will influence them for good.

Teach them the importance of education. Youth will be amply rewarded for their efforts to obtain an education. The Church will also be blessed by their increased capacities and skills.

Teach them self-respect. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles discourage tattoos and the piercing of the body other than the minimal piercing of the ears by women for one pair of earrings.

Teach them to stay away from drugs. Those who use illegal drugs lose self-control and will do anything to feed their habit.

Teach them the virtue of honesty. A person who is honest enjoys a clean conscience and an unspotted reputation.

Teach them to be virtuous. Sexual urges must be controlled with unbending self-discipline.

Teach them to look forward to the time when they may be married in the house of the Lord. Youth should come to the marriage altar free of evil of any kind. Husbands should avoid situations and attitudes that can lead to divorce.

Teach them to pray. It is a miracle that we can approach God for individual help and guidance.

Read the Article here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Doctrine and Covenants

“Study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people” (D&C 90:15).

“Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118).

“Obtain a knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms, of laws of God and man, and all this for the salvation of Zion” (D&C 93:53).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

L. Tom Perry, "Mothers Teaching Children in the Home" Ensign, May 2010, 30

"Teaching in the home is becoming increasingly important in today's world, where the influence of the adversary is so widespread and he is attacking, attempting to erode and destroy the very foundation of our society, even the family. Parents must resolve that teaching in the home is a most sacred and important responsibility."

Here is the full talk: "Mothers Teaching Children in the Home," by Elder L. Tom Perry, General Conference April 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 297

"Let us never lose sight of the fact that education is a preparation for life -- and that preparing for life is far more than knowing how to make a living or how to land on the moon. Preparing for life means building personal integrity, developing a sound sense of values, increasing the capacity and willingness to serve. Education must have its roots in moral principles. If we lose sight of that fact in our attempt to match our educational system against that of the materialists, we shall have lost far more than we could possibly gain."

Doctrines of Salvation, 1:321-322

"There is no knowledge, no learning that can compensate the individual for the loss of his belief in heaven and in the saving principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An education that leads a man from these central truths cannot compensate him for the great loss of spiritual things."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gordon B. Hinckley, "Inspirational Thoughts," Ensign, June 1999, 4

"It is so important that you young men and you young women get all of the education that you can. The Lord has said very plainly that His people are to gain knowledge of countries and kingdoms and of things of the world through the process of education, even by study and by faith."

"Inspirational Thoughts," Ensign, June 1999, 4

Monday, April 26, 2010

David A. Bednar, “The Glory of God Is Intelligence,” Friend, Oct. 2007, 6

“I have spent most of my life involved in education. When I was younger, I thought education meant going to school, taking tests, and getting good grades. But as I grew older, I began to learn the difference between doing well in school and becoming educated. A person can do well on tests and still not be educated. True education is learning how to learn. Once I discovered that lesson, learning became fun.”

Here's the link: “The Glory of God Is Intelligence,” Friend, Oct. 2007, 6

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Era Magazine, “Special Issue: Education—Learn Wisdom In Thy Youth,” New Era, Sep 1992, 4

"Learning wisdom is a lifelong process. It starts before your first day of school and doesn’t end when you die. It is the thing you carry with you through the eternities.

Just as Jesus taught those who desired to know the truth, he can continue to be your guide and your teacher in your search for eternal truth.

The education of the heart, of the conscience, and of the spirit, along with the education of the mind, truly is higher education."

“Special Issue: Education—Learn Wisdom In Thy Youth,” New Era, Sep 1992, 4

New Era Sept 1992

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

L. Tom Perry, "Mothers Teaching Children in the Home," General Conference April 2010

"My mother understood the value of teaching her children about standards, values, and doctrine while they were young. While she was grateful to others who taught her children outside the home at either school or church, she recognized that parents are entrusted with the education of their children and, ultimately, parents must ensure that their children are being taught what their Heavenly Father would have them learn."

I loved this talk in the most recent General Conference!

Here is the full talk: "Mothers Teaching Children in the Home," by Elder L. Tom Perry, General Conference April 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

M. Russell Ballard, “Learning the Lessons of the Past,” Ensign, May 2009, 31–34

"Learning the lessons of the past allows you to walk boldly in the light without running the risk of stumbling in the darkness. This is the way it’s supposed to work. This is God’s plan: father and mother, grandfather and grandmother teaching their children; children learning from them and then becoming a more righteous generation through their own personal experiences and opportunities. Learning the lessons of the past allows you to build personal testimony on a solid bedrock of obedience, faith, and the witness of the Spirit."

Read the entire talk here: “Learning the Lessons of the Past,” Ensign, May 2009, 31–34

Monday, April 19, 2010

Henry B. Eyring, “Real-Life Education,” NewEra, Apr 2009, 2–8

"Why worry about education? Because learning is how we prepare to serve both now and in eternity."

The whole talk was amazing! Read it here: “Real-Life Education,” NewEra, Apr 2009, 2–8

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ezra Taft Benson, "In His Steps, " Ensign, September 1988

"No man is truly educated unless he knows where he came from, why he is here, and where he can expect to go in the next life. He must be able to adequately answer the question Jesus posed, “What think ye of Christ?”

Quote from "In His Steps, " Ensign, September 1988

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ezra Taft Benson, "Salvation—A Family Affair,"Ensign, July 1992, 5

"The most important teachings in the home are spiritual. Parents are commanded to prepare their sons and daughters for the ordinances of the gospel: baptism, confirmation, priesthood ordinations, and temple marriage. They are to teach them to respect and honor the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Most importantly, parents are to instill within their children a desire for eternal life and to earnestly seek that goal above all else."

Quote from: "Salvation—A Family Affair,"Ensign, July 1992

Thursday, April 8, 2010

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Two Principles For Any Economy," Ensign, November 2009, 55-58

Education is not so much the filling of a bucket as the lighting of a fire.

For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea—it’s a commandment. We are to learn “of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad.”

Joseph Smith loved learning even though he had few opportunities for formal education. In his journals, he spoke happily of days spent in study and often expressed his love of learning.

Joseph taught the Saints that knowledge was a necessary part of our mortal journey, for “a man is saved no faster than he [gains] knowledge,” and that “whatever principle of intelligence we attain … in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.” During challenging times, it is even more important to learn. The Prophet Joseph taught, “Knowledge does away with darkness, [anxiety], and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is.”

Brethren, you have a duty to learn as much as you can. Please encourage your families, your quorum members, everyone to learn and become better educated. If formal education is not available, do not allow that to prevent you from acquiring all the knowledge you can. Under such circumstances, the best books, in a sense, can become your “university”—a classroom that is always open and admits all who apply. Strive to increase your knowledge of all that is “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.” Seek knowledge “by study and also by faith.” Seek with a humble spirit and contrite heart. As you apply the spiritual dimension of faith to your study—even of temporal things—you can amplify your intellectual capacity, for “if your eye be single to [God’s] glory, your whole [body] shall be filled with light, … and [comprehend] all things.”

In our learning, let us not neglect the fountain of revelation. The scriptures and the words of modern-day apostles and prophets are the sources of wisdom, divine knowledge, and personal revelation to help us find answers to all the challenges in life. Let us learn of Christ; let us seek out that knowledge which leads to peace, truth, and the sublime mysteries of eternity.

Taken from "Two Principles For Any Economy," Ensign, Nov 2009