"Wanting to learn something is usually necessary to accessing God's help"
Do you wonder what to study or what is most valuable to learn?All learning is valuable and our Heavenly Father wants us to learn as much as we can, “things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth, things that have been, things which are… things which are at home, things which are abroad… that [we] may be prepared in all things… to magnify the calling whereunto [He has] called [us].”
Heavenly Father has a plan and a calling for each one of us; He wants us to become like Him (See also Moses 1:39). To do that, we need to continue to learn and progress. During our life on earth, He asks us to serve each other to our fullest potential. That could mean fulfilling our role as a father or mother, developing and using our talents, or enhancing our communities through our occupations. Whatever it is that we want to do, we can achieve our potential as we learn as much as we can and serve Heavenly Father and the people around us.
Cultivating a desire to learn
For many students, family responsibilities or job improvement is their motivation to pursue higher education. Both of these are worthy and honorable endeavors, but education can provide so much more — it is a spiritual endeavor.President Russell M. Nelson said, “Your mind is precious! It is sacred. Therefore, the education of one’s mind is also sacred. Indeed, education is a religious responsibility. Of course, our opportunities and abilities will vary a great deal. But, in pursuit of one’s education, individual desire is more important than is the institution you choose; personal drive is far more significant than is the faculty.”
Imagine how different your experience through higher education could be if you felt a purpose beyond the pressure. If you don’t currently feel that your education is expanding your mind and bringing you joy, you can apply this challenge in your life: cultivate a desire to learn!
Finding joy in learning
Do your best to be very involved in your courses, and class groups, and see how everything you’re experiencing applies to your eternal progression. Even though education requires hard work and dedication, focusing on blessings and opportunities and expressing gratitude to Heavenly Father help us to embrace the joy of learning.
How are you cultivating a joy in learning?