Monday, April 8, 2013

All Education is Spiritual

Today I had some extra time to sit and really study my scriptures. I wanted to study a specific topic and see what I could find out about it. Usually I like reading the scriptures in a sequence, but today I felt inspired to study one item in particular. I wasn't sure what that would be. I said a prayer before I read. I asked Heavenly Father to inspire my thoughts and guide my reading to the topic he would have me learn about. I am teaching young women's right now in church and I told him it would be nice if maybe I could learn something that would help them. Then I started thinking about some of my friends that are not coming to church or that may not be of the same faith as me. I thought about friends of the family who may be going through difficult circumstances as well. I told Heavenly Father that I did not care what I studied but all I asked was that I would be able to share it with someone who may need to know.  I don't know who I will share this with and perhaps it will help some of you who read my blog. I trust that God knows better than I. So even if it was just for me, that will suffice. 

I finished my prayer and I reached for my scriptures. I had a thought that I should study listening. I looked in the Topical Guide of the scriptures and under listening it referred me to communication, learning, and understanding. I thought hmm... interesting. So I chose to look up understanding to see what it said. 

Some of the words used to describe understanding were: Spiritual discernment, edification, education, wisdom of God...

I really started to ponder what God was trying to teach me. Listening is understanding and some of the words used to describe it were referring to God. The more I thought about it, the more it started to make sense to me. I felt like God was opening my eyes and giving me more understanding on the subject. 

Ive always known the difference between hearing and listening... at least on a surface level. According to what I was reading, listening requires understanding. Understanding requires spiritual discernment, or education and wisdom of God. I let the thoughts work themselves out in my brain as I really tried to study this out in my mind. 

Then something happened and it just CLICKED! All of a sudden it made complete sense to me. This is what I learned:

The only way to fully understand is if you get the witness from God. We can hear things, but listening requires a spiritual discernment. We cannot fully comprehend until God has helped us to understand. ALL EDUCATION IS SPIRITUAL! It has to be that way because education isn't just for this life; it's for eternity. It has to be spiritual because it affects and concerns our spirits. 

In Proverbs 9:9-10 it says:

        "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
         The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding." 

Also, in 2 Nephi 21:2 it says:

        "And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord."

Every one of those gifts is of the spirit. It is all through the Spirit!!

Then I started to ponder the HUGE importance of having the Spirit in your home so that you can teach your children Gospel Principles and have them UNDERSTAND. We have the ability to create the atmosphere where the spirit can dwell so our children can learn and understand. Learning within the walls of your own home will be vitally important for them. 

All education is SPIRITUAL! 

I really believe as we come to understand this we will be more aware of the surroundings we are in. We will be more observant of the atmosphere we create. If we really want to understand something we need God. Education is essential for us while we are here on Earth. It is one of the only things we take with us when we die. Heavenly Father wants us to learn and study while we are here. It helps us to progress and become more like Him. 

I absolutely love learning! I love studying my scriptures and understanding new ideas that I may not have thought of before. I LOVE the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has changed me and molded me into the woman I am. I love my Savior and I cannot express the gratitude, appreciation, and amazement I feel towards him. The more I study and learn of him, the more I am in awe. I owe him everything! I KNOW that he came down to earth and he atoned for my sins. I KNOW that he died on that cross and was resurrected. I KNOW he lives and I KNOW he is coming again. I know that I am a daughter of Heavenly Father who does indeed love me despite my imperfections. I know that he is very forgiving and merciful and he is waiting for each one of us with open arms. We have to choose if we will turn to him. He will never turn away from us. I know that our Savior gave us his Gospel so that we can know what we need to do to return to live with him. 

We have a living prophet on the earth today and I KNOW without a doubt that he was called of God. He receives revelation for us from Him. I know he speaks the words God would have us know. I know it because the spirit bears witness to me again and again. Our prophet and apostles spoke to us the past two days. You can find their words on LDS.ORG. They are inspired men and I am grateful for the service they provide for me and for the church. 

I continue to see miracles daily. I see the Lord's hand in my life and in the lives of those around me. I am humbled by his love and grace. I am filled with his spirit as I live the Gospel and keep the commandments. I know that obedience brings happiness. I know that through the Atonement of Christ we can change and become new people. We are cleansed and made whole again. It is real! I KNOW it! Heavenly Father loves each one of us and he is aware of all that we are going through. Christ understands because he has been there before. I know that as we turn to him our burdens are made lighter and we are lifted up in his love. 

I am so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the knowledge that I have been given from the Lord. I am truly blessed in more ways than I can count. I LOVE my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ.