Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
1. Truth eternal, truth divine,
In thine ancient fulness shine!
Burst the fetters of the mind
From the millions of mankind!
2. Truth again restored to earth,
Opened with a prophet’s birth.
Priests of heaven’s royal line
Bear the keys of truth divine!
3. Truth shall triumph as the light
Chases far the misty night.
Endless ages own its sway,
Clad in everlasting day.
Read aloud: At this time of year, school is starting for many people. While school can be hard sometimes, or maybe even scary, going to school and learning is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us. One of the reasons Heavenly Father is God is because He has all truth. He knows all things and understands all things. He wants us to be like Him. We can do that by learning as much as we can!
Ask: What do you like to learn? Why?
Read aloud: In the scriptures, it tell us that we should seek diligently to learn by study and by faith. (D&C 88:118) When we go to school, we have many teachers who do their best to help us learn many different subjects. Just as our teachers work hard to teach, we need to work hard to learn. By being a good student, we can learn everything we need to learn.
Ask: What does it mean to be a good student? (This is also a good time to discuss any classroom etiquette you’d like your children to know)
Read aloud: Heavenly Father wants us to learn not only so we can be like Him, but so we can serve others and be prepared to serve the world and the Church when we are older.
Share a personal experience about a time something you learned or a skill you gained helped you serve in some capacity.
Finish the lesson by asking your children to share some of their favorite experiences with learning. Bear testimony about Heavenly Father’s desire to help us learn and how He can be a part of learning. Then sit down and set some goals for the upcoming school year.
*For Teenagers and Adults*
Begin by watching this video:
Ask: What is something that stood out to you in this video? What does it mean to you that the glory of God is intelligence.
Read aloud: God is God because He is the source of all truth. He has gained a full understanding of knowledge in all things. In order to become like Him, He would have us do the same. One of the most important reasons we are on the Earth is to learn. Learning, whether it is gospel learning or secular learning, can occur wherever we are. No matter our length of time in the Church or our ability to continue our education, we can seek out learning diligently.
Ask: How do we cultivate a desire to learn? Why has learning been important to you in your life?
Read aloud: According to the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, education prepares us for greater service in the world and in the Church.
“It will help you better provide for yourself, your family, and those in need. It will also help you be a wise counselor and companion to your future spouse and an informed and effective teacher of your future children. Education is an investment that brings great rewards and will open the doors of opportunity that may otherwise be closed to you.”
Ask: What doors have been opened in your life from your education or desire to learn? How can we incorporate faith into learning?
Finish the lesson by sharing personal experiences and bearing testimony.
Apple Pretzels or Pretzel Bites
-Rips candy (or similar)
-Red candy melts
-Regular sized pretzels
You’ll also need:
Using scissors or a small leaf cutter, make leaves out our your green Rips. Then, cut stems from the Hershey bar. Place wax paper on a cookie sheet or underneath a cooling rack. Then, melt red candy melts in bowl. Placing a pretzel on a fork, use a spoon to add chocolate onto the pretzel until it is covered. Let drip, then gently place down to harden. Repeat. Gently use a dab of chocolate to glue the leaves and steps onto the pretzel and enjoy!
(Courtesy of Make, Bake, Celebrate)
-Texas size Rhodes Frozen roll dough (as many as you like – each roll makes four bites)
-Coarse salt, Parmesan, garlic OR cinnamon & sugar
Take a thawed roll. Cut it in four equal sections. Place dough bites on greased sheets. I placed five across and five down on large baking sheets. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and let dough rise until double in size. (about 35-45 minutes) Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil. When dough has risen, plop about 10 pieces into the boiling water, tossing gently for about 45 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon, and place bites on paper towels to drain slightly. Move bites to greased baking sheets, and bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until done and golden brown.
Brush bites with melted butter, sprinkle with Kosher or Sea Salt, garlic and toss in Parmesan cheese. You can also make Cinnamon and Sugar bites. Make a mixture of Cinnamon and sugar: About 1 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, and mix together well. After you butter the pretzel bites, toss in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
You can serve the Parmesan Pretzel bites with a cheddar dip, and the Cinnamon and Sugar Pretzel bites with Vanilla glaze. So yummy . . . so simple!
(Courtesy of Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake)
Decorate for Back to School or Back to School Beach Ball
Decorate for Back to School
Spruce up some basic items to enjoy throughout the school year. Use markers to make white shoes pop, add buttons to backpacks, or add inspiring images to binders and book covers. You can also talk about how to decorate lockers and make some basic crafts your kids will enjoy. You can also make crafts for teachers.
Back to School Beach Ball
Get an inflatable beach ball and write questions on it with a sharpie that are related to your family’s day. Take turns tossing the ball to one another and answering the questions wherever your thumb is.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.