Why is education important?

by Tommy

In my 11 years of schooling, I have become very accustom to hearing people say that they won’t ever need to know what the square root of 9 is in the jobs that they pick. This is probably true. You won’t ever need to know that Krypton has an atomic mass of 36, and a complete outer electron shell. But these “useless” facts are a lot more important than we think, even if we don’t use them in our future.

The Lord has commanded us to learn all that we can about our home here on earth, and his home in heaven. I could write a whole essay about attaining a knowledge of heaven, but that’s not my topic. I’m talking about attaining a knowledge of earth. It’s easy to breeze through life, caring only about the now, and pleasure, but once you die and go to the afterlife, you have nothing. The only things that we take into the afterlife is our legacy and our knowledge. We only have one life on earth, and learning all that we can will please God, and we will be greatly rewarded in the afterlife.

In the For the Strength of Youth, it says “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.”

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ worked very, very hard to create the earth and the universe we live in. There are scientific laws to find, particles to be discovered, and isotopes to be created. The least we can do is learn about their glorious creations. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Idling our time away on earth doesn’t show God any love. We need to learn about Him, and know His will. The best way to do this is by getting a strong education. I don’t just mean going to school every day, I’m talking about being engaged at school, absorbing all the knowledge that we can, and learning on our own.

The Internet has so much information about any subject you could ever want to learn about. There are thousands of great videos that explain science, history, math, and any other subject you want in great ways. With the amount of technology on our earth, there is so much information that we can get with a few clicks of a mouse. There’s a whole world of knowledge waiting for you to find, and I testify that if we find that world of knowledge, it will greatly bless us in this life, and in the life to come.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Don Allred Reply

    One of my worries is that young people don’t appreciate the opportunities to become educated. The longer I live and the more I learn, the more I realize how much more I have to learn. Learning is truly one of the most rewarding endeavors in life. Thanks for a great article.

  2. Cory Reply

    Great message Tommy. Learning how to learn and developing a love of learning is an investment in yourself that will reward you throughout your life. As I am sitting on a plane posting this, I have seen multiple missionaries board the plane – fresh from the MTC and off to share the things that they have learned about our Savior and how the Gospel can change lives. It reminds me about the importance of keeping our hearts open so we can be taught by the Spirit. Keep up the great posts!

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