Saturday, August 3, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 93:53 -- On Knowledge and Education

"And, verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you should hasten to translate my scriptures, and to 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. Amen."
Doctrine and Covenants 93:53

I think it is interesting that we are encouraged to learn not only the scriptures, but also history and countries and kingdoms, and not only the laws of God but also the laws of man.  It makes sense, since lots of things, including establishing Zion, go better when you know how to work with people, and within the laws, etc., but I guess that I don't really think about the "non-eternal" stuff that way all the time... so, a good reminder. 

It's good to learn how the world works and how all of it fits together... just like that scripture about saying to another part of your body that we have no need of it.  We need all the parts working together.  Today, let's remember education... let's not neglect learning the scriptures and the things of God, but let's also learn about the other things that it mentions here, and not dismiss all non-scriptural knowledge as dross.  God wants us to be educated, and to learn about the world around us and about ourselves as well as learning about Him and his ways.  Let's work on it. :)

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