“7 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith;
8 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;”
1. We have been born, as Nephi of old
To goodly parents who love the Lord.
We have been taught, and we understand,
That we must do as the Lord commands.
Chorus: We are as the army of Helaman.
We have been taught in our youth.
And we will be the Lord’s missionaries
To bring the world his truth.
2. We have been saved for these latter days
To build the kingdom in righteous ways.
We hear the words our prophet declares:
“Let each who’s worthy go forth and share.”
3. We know his plan, and we will prepare,
Increase our knowledge through study and prayer.
Daily we’ll learn until we are called
To take the gospel to all the world.
O My Father – Hymn 292
1. O my Father, thou that dwellest
In the high and glorious place,
When shall I regain thy presence
And again behold thy face?
In thy holy habitation,
Did my spirit once reside?
In my first primeval childhood
Was I nurtured near thy side?
2. For a wise and glorious purpose
Thou hast placed me here on earth
And withheld the recollection
Of my former friends and birth;
Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.
3. I had learned to call thee Father,
Thru thy Spirit from on high,
But, until the key of knowledge
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heav’ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there.
4. When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I’ve completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.
*For Younger Children and Teenagers*
It is that time of year again. School is in session once again! Sometimes it may be hard to get motivated to go to school or maybe it is easy for you! Either way, hear what the leaders of our church have to say about pursuing an education in For The Strength of Youth.
(Show the above Mormonad while reading the following:)
“Education is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan to help you become more like Him. He wants you to educate your mind and to develop your skills and talents, your power to act well in your responsibilities, and your capacity to appreciate life. The education you gain will be valuable to you during mortality and in the life to come.
Education will prepare you 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. Plan now to obtain an education. Be willing to work diligently and make sacrifices if necessary. Share your educational goals with your family, friends, and leaders so they can support and encourage you.
Maintain an enthusiasm for learning throughout your life. Find joy in continuing to learn and in expanding your interests. Choose to actively participate in the learning opportunities available to you.
Your education should include spiritual learning. Study the scriptures and the words of the latter-day prophets. Participate in seminary and institute. Continue throughout your life to learn about Heavenly Father’s plan. This spiritual learning will help you find answers to the challenges of life and will invite the companionship of the Holy Ghost.” (https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/education?lang=eng)
Why is important to go to school?
What can we do to not get a bad attitude towards school?
How can obtaining an education benefit me and my future family?
Don’t forget that learning in school is not the only way to learn. The Lord wants us to learn about His gospel by going to seminary, paying attention to lessons at church, reading our scriptures, and more!
Discuss the following Mormonads and what they teach about gaining spiritual knowledge. (These Mormonads can also be found here)
Education is something we grow up learning is important. The Church is very encouraging of everyone receiving as much secular education as they can. The leaders of The Church also recognize the importance of spiritual education. They both work hand in hand for all of God’s Children to reach their maximum potential.
The following excerpt is from Sister Chieko N. Okazaki’s talk in the 1994 General Conference. She uses a great analogy to help us understand how spiritual and secular education are so important and how they work together.
“Let me give you an example. Suppose you want to know how the human body works. Faith tells us that our bodies were created through an inspired process, that they were made in the image of our Heavenly Parents, that we have a stewardship over them to keep them sacred and healthy during our mortal probation, and that we will reclaim them as perfect after the resurrection. That is the message of faith. That’s like one oar on a boat.
But to understand their workings—whether an illness is caused by a chemical imbalance or through a fever, how to set a broken bone properly,or how to replace an improperly functioning valve in the heart by surgery—that requires intense and detailed study. Study is the other oar by which we can seek and obtain knowledge.
What happens if you try to paddle a boat using only one oar? You go around and around in circles. If you paddle hard, you go fast. If you paddle slowly, you turn gently. But you still just go around in circles. It’s the same with trying to make study replace faith or trying to exercise faith but without study. We can often find ourselves just going around in circles. I think that the Holy Ghost cannot give us some answers until we are actively seeking knowledge.
Think what great progress has been made in medicine by those who use both oars in their training. For example, Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, used both oars in his former profession as a heart surgeon. With the trained skills of his hands,the knowledge stored in his mind from his study and his experience, and the faith in his heart that he would be sustained by the Holy Ghost as he operated, he has performed modern miracles that have spared the lives and prolonged the vigor and energy of so many people, including Presidents of the Church and many General Authorities. If he had relied only on faith, he still would have been a great man, but he would not have been a great surgeon. If he had relied only on study, he might have been a great surgeon, but I think there are many assignments that the Lord would not have entrusted to him.”
-Sister Chieko N. Okazaki, October 1994
-What are some ways in your life you can receive more education secularly? (College, community classes, your job, etc.)
-What are some ways in your life you receive more education spiritually? (Church, institute, scripture study, etc.)
Pursuing a Family While Pursuing an Education
Sometimes, it is hard for a couple to decide whether or not to have children while pursuing an education or not. There are financial burdens that come along with school and often with having and raising children. The church has always strongly encouraged education and having children is a commandment. Both are important. Some prophets and apostles have shed light on this situation for us.
Neil L. Anderson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, tells a story about James O. Mason, a Member of the Seventy, “Elder Mason had another experience just weeks after his marriage that helped him prioritize his family responsibilities. He said:
‘Marie and I had rationalized that to get me through medical school it would be necessary for her to remain in the workplace. Although this was not what we [wanted] to do, children would have to come later. [While looking at a Church magazine at my parents’ home,] I saw an article by Elder Spencer W. Kimball, then of the Quorum of the Twelve, [highlighting]responsibilities associated with marriage. According to Elder Kimball, one sacred responsibility was to multiply and replenish the earth. My parents’ home was [close to] the Church Administration Building. I immediately walked to the offices, and 30 minutes after reading his article, I found myself sitting across the desk from Elder Spencer W. Kimball.’ (This wouldn’t be so easy today.)
‘I explained that I wanted to become a doctor. There was no alternative but to postpone having our family. Elder Kimball listened patiently and then responded in a soft voice, ‘Brother Mason, would the Lord want you to break one of his important commandments in order for you to become a doctor? With the help of the Lord, you can have your family and still become a doctor. Where is your faith?’”
Elder Mason continued: ‘Our first child was born less than a year later.Marie and I worked hard, and the Lord opened the windows of heaven.’The Masons were blessed with two more children before he graduated from medical school four years later.” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/children?lang=eng&query=have+children
The above mentioned talk by President Kimball, given to BYU students states, “ I have told many groups of young people that they should not postpone their marriage until they have acquired all of their education ambitions. I have told tens of thousands of young folks that when they marry they should not wait for children until they have finished their schooling and financial desires. Marriage is basically for the family, and when people have found their proper companions there should be no long delay. They should live together normally and let the children come.” http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=705
Between Brother Niel L. Anderson and President Kimball, it is clear that one’s education is extremely important, yet having children is a commandment that comes first. The Lord will provide a way for those who have the desire to get an education and have a family. Both are righteous desires.
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Krispy Apple Treats
6 C. Krispy Rice Cereal
1 pkg. large marshmallows
3 T. butter
1 small pkg. Jell-o powder, cherry or strawberry flavor
25 small Tootsie Roll Candies
Royal Icing, tinted green
Red Food Coloring, optional
optional: you could use fruit roll-ups or those green mint leaf candies instead of the royal icing.
Place marshmallows and butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for an additional minute. Remove from microwave and stir in jell-o powder. If desired, you can add a few drops of red food coloring (depending on how “red” your jell-o is). Add Krispy Rice cereal and stir well. Spray hands with baking spray and roll mixture into balls (a little larger than a golf ball) and drop on wax paper.
Cake Mix Cookies
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix and baking powder. Add eggs and oil, then mix until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips, or your choice of additions. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Bake less for chewy cookies and more for crispy cookies. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
“Don’t Eat Pete!” Game
This game is sure to become a family favorite!
Instructions: “Place one piece of candy in each square. Send one person out of the room while the group chooses one candy piece to be PETE. When the player returns he eats the candies one at a time; but the minute he touches PETE the group yells DON’T EAT PETE!! His turn is then over and the next player leaves the room. Continue until all have had a turn.”
Additional Notes: You can also use marshmallows, cereal pieces, fruit snacks, etc. Also, feel free to yell DON’T EAT PETE in a soft voice for children who are upset by sudden loud noises.
Print this template or make your own by simply making an extra large tic-tac-toe game:
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.