With so many of our loved ones heading back to school, we want to help you get excited for getting back to the books by compiling a few inspiring quotes from Church leaders and some best practices to help you start your school year with the best foot forward. If we missed one of your favorites, let us know in the comments below!
“Our Heavenly Father expects us to use our agency and inspiration to examine ourselves and our abilities”
“Our Heavenly Father expects us to use our agency and inspiration to examine ourselves and our abilities and decide the educational course we should follow. This is especially important for young people who have finished high school and missionary service and now face decisions about further schooling and employment.” —President Dallin H. Oak
“Resolve now, while you are young, that you will get all of the education you can. We live in a highly competitive age, and it will only grow worse. Education is the key that will unlock the door of opportunity.”—President Gordon B. Hinckley
“You are living through a critical period of your life. The choices you make—mission, education, marriage, career, and service in the Church—will shape your eternal destiny. This means you will always be looking ahead—looking to the future.” —Elder Robert D. Hales
“Follow the advice of these wise and inspired prophets. … Be a good student. Arise and shine forth in your schools with hard work, honesty, and integrity. If you are struggling or discouraged with your performance in school, seek help from your parents, teachers, and helpful Church members. Never give up!” —Sister Mary N. Cook
“If formal education is not available, do not allow that to prevent you from acquiring all the knowledge you can”
“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.” —Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“I believe the future will be great and marvelous in many respects. Opportunities for education and learning have increased and will continue to increase dramatically. … Now and in the future, vast amounts of information are becoming more accessible worldwide through electronic devices in the home, the workplace, or the local library.” —President James E. Faust
“Because of our sacred regard for each human intellect, we consider the obtaining of an education to be a religious responsibility”
“Because of our sacred regard for each human intellect, we consider the obtaining of an education to be a religious responsibility. Yet opportunities and abilities differ. I believe that in the pursuit of education, individual desire is more influential than institution, and personal faith more forceful than faculty.”—President Russell M. Nelson
“Get all of the education that you possibly can. … Sacrifice a car; sacrifice anything that is needed to be sacrificed to qualify yourselves to do the work of the world. That world will in large measure pay you what it thinks you are worth, and your worth will increase as you gain education and proficiency in your chosen field.”—President Gordon B. Hinckley
“The importance of gaining knowledge is an eternal principle…All truth and knowledge is important, but amidst the constant distractions of our daily lives, we must especially pay attention to increasing our gospel knowledge so we can understand how to apply gospel principles to our lives.” —Ann M. Dibb
“Let me tell you what I see in you. I see in you young women who are getting an education and are preparing to bless others through it. Please, for yourself and your future family, choose a fine education. Be qualified. Be well rounded. Work hard. In you young women, I see girls who look forward to establishing a home of love, a home of order, a home of faith.” —Margaret D. Nadauld
Additionally, sometimes starting a new school year can be very stressful! Here are some tips to make sure you start this school year right.
Keep a gratitude journal
One of the best and most effective ways to spot the good around you is to keep a gratitude journal. Whether it’s only a few lines or a full paragraph, keeping a gratitude is certain to help you see and feel the love of the Lord in your daily life. Find your perfect journal on LDS Bookstore by clicking the link here.
Practice daily prayer
The Lord loves each and every one of so personally. He actively wants to play a role in our lives, and we invite Him to do so when we approach Him in daily prayer. Sometimes when we’re rushing out the door to be to school on time we can forget our morning prayers, but when we take a moment to connect with our Father in Heaven our days can be drastically improved.
Sometimes when we’re balancing so many obligations, our school work can get lost in the mess. Staying organized is the best way to stay on top of all of the necessities, and helps us prioritize our time so we can always have time for our scripture study and prayers. To-do lists and journals are a great way to stay organized and will help you stay centered throughout the school year.
Devin is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.