Monday, July 27, 2015

D&C 130:19 -- The Advantage of Wisdom and Goodness

"And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come."
Doctrine and Covenants 130:19

This is an interesting scripture.  It almost makes it sound like a competition, although I don't think that it actually could be with the requirements listed.  As we continue reading the chapter we see that the point God is emphasizing here is that blessings (including those of knowledge and intelligence) come *through* obedience to established laws (see verse 21).  I think that it is interesting that God's education has always been open to anyone, even before these days of free online classes and wider educational access.  And God also knows that we have a desire to take things with us.  Well, we can't take the fame or the fortune, but we can take the knowledge.  It isn't so we can be better than anyone else.  It is so that we have something to work on in this life that we know will never be pointless. :)  We can collect intelligence. :)  Today, let's remember that there is work that we can do that will always be meaningful and important.  Let's be diligent and obedient, and learn all we can about God and from God.  Let's dedicate ourselves to taking advantage of our educational opportunities (especially the divine ones), and learning how to love and serve and becoming increasingly good and increasingly wise, which also means increasingly kind and uplifting as we work to help others and build a Zion community.

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