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As Pertaining to Growth and Retention in the Church

The Lord's Plan and the Importance of Education

We are all familiar with the revelations that specify the value the Lord places on learning: "The glory of God is intelligence" (D&C 93:36).  "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 130:19).   "It is impossible for a man [or a woman] to be saved in ignorance" (D&C 131:6).  These scriptural statements make clear the importance of lifelong learning. In this regard, President John Taylor stated:

You will see the day that Zion will be as far ahead of the outside world in everything pertaining to learning of every kind as we are to-day in regard to religious matters. You mark my words, and write them down, and see if they do not come to pass. [Journal of Discourses 21:100]

 As noted, the Lord has given some broad guidelines with regard to education in the Church .... First, every member is to be "nourished by the good word of God" (Moroni 6:4).  Nourishing is an educational process.  The nourishment needed is both spiritual and temporal and is an important part of each member's development and a key component of the Lord's retention program. One peculiar aspect of Church membership is that the more educated people are, the more active they are.  This relationship is unusual; the opposite is observed in a number of other faiths.  Education is an important part of the plan of salvation.

A second principle is that an educated membership in each country is important for the long-term development of the Church.  Wherever President Hinckley goes, he encourages the youth of the Church to obtain an education.  He understands that education is not only important for their temporal and spiritual welfare, but also educated people are important assets in building the kingdom. As the Church moves beyond the first generation in foreign lands, LDS student demand for higher education will increase.

There is a corollary to the "nourishment" principle and the importance of a worldwide educated membership.  It is that the educational status of Church members across the world will improve over time because of the impact of Church teachings on each individual.  Revealed truths regarding the importance of education, combined with prophets emphasizing the same, raise expectations among faithful members and increase their efforts to improve themselves. In other words, revealed truth increases the demand for education.

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