Day 13 - Obtain Knowledge - Seek learning even by study and also by faith
· How can the Holy Ghost help me to know the truth?
· D&C 88:118 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.
· How can I gain knowledge of Jesus Christ? Do I take the time to read my scriptures each day? Do I take the time to pray AND listen for the answers? In all my decisions today will I ask, "What would Christ do?"
· I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy; And by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive (D&C 11:11-14; emphasis added).
Seek learning by studying diligently. Rarely will you be able to spend as much time dedicated to learning as you can now. President Gordon B. Hinckley wisely counseled: “The pattern of study you establish during your formal schooling will in large measure affect your lifelong thirst for knowledge.”“You must get all of the education that you possibly can. … Sacrifice anything that is needed to be sacrificed to qualify your selves to do the work of [this] world. … Train your minds and hands to become an influence for good as you go forward with your lives.”
In speaking specifically to women, President Thomas S. Monson said: “Often the future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties. … I urge you to pursue your education and learn marketable skills so that, should such a situation arise, you are prepared to provide.”
Some of your most important learning will be outside of the classroom. Surround yourself with exemplary women who can teach you skills in homemaking, art, music, family history, sports, writing, or speaking. Get to know them and ask them to mentor you. When you have learned something new, teach it or become a mentor to other women.
Seek learning by faith. We learn by faith as we diligently gain spiritual knowledge through prayer, scripture study, and obedience and as we seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost, who testifies of all truth. If you do your part to gain knowledge, the Holy Ghost can enlighten your mind. As you strive to keep yourself worthy, the Holy Ghost will give direction and added light to your learning.
The time is now for you to diligently apply yourselves to increasing your spiritual knowledge—drop by drop—through prayer, scripture study, and obedience. The time is now to pursue your education—drop by drop. Each virtuous thought and action also adds oil to your lamps, qualifying you for the guidance of the Holy Ghost, our divine teacher.
The Holy Ghost will guide you on your journey here in mortality, even when you feel you are in flat light, uncertain of what lies ahead. You need not fear. As you stay on the path that leads to eternal life, the Holy Ghost will guide you in your decisions and in your learning.
I testify from personal experience that if you will seek learning not only by study but also by faith, you be guided in what “the Lord … will need you to do and what you will need to know.”I testify that our Father in Heaven does know and love you. He has placed great trust in you and has work that only can do. I want to assure you that you be prepared for that great work if you seek learning by study and also by faith. (Mary N. Cook, Seek Learning: You have a work to do, YW Broadcast 2012)