Learning is Eternal

Diligently Preparing for Spiritual Learning

Part 2 of a 5 Part Series

The Power of Diligent Learning

By Elder Jay E. Jensen Of the Presidency of the Seventy

Ensign September 2008

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The scriptures contain 144 references to learning. Consider some of them:

  • "Yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered" (Hebrews 5:8)
  • "Learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God." (Alma 37:35)
  • "Learn to be more wise than we." (Mormon 9:31)
  • "Learn of me, and listen to my words" (D&C 19:23)
  • "Seek learning, even by study and also by faith" (D&C 88:118)
  • "Study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues and people" (D&C 90:15)
  • "[Seek] diligently to learn wisdom and to find truth" (D&C 97:1)

"As we consider the mandate of such divine admonitions, it is important to reflect on how gospel learning occurs. Gospel learning requires careful reasoning, study and prayer. However, it is important to remember that each of us is a dual being: a personage of both body and spirit. Because we are spiritual beings, it is essential that we learn by the power of the Spirit."

In the February 2007 worldwide leadership training meeting on teaching and learning, President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, provided specific counsel on how we can invite diligent learning. The following is a summary of President Packers remarks:

Inviting Diligent Learning:

  1. Being diligent learners means we want to learn.
  2. We need to pray. Pray formally and informally for yourself and for the teacher.
  3. Listen, there is great value in listening... listen not only to what is said but also to what is not said: the unspoken promptings of the Holy Ghost.
  4. Organize what you learn... write it down and expanding it.

Prepare to Learn:

  1. Arise early, the morning is a time for reflection when your mind is clear
  2. Study, pray, ponder and listen, revelation will come
  3. Be punctual to your meetings. Be reverent; leave yourself open to revelation
  4. Accept responsibility for learning no matter how well the teacher or speaker can teach.

Make the Most of Opportunities:

  1. Don't give up.
  2. Be persistent in learning.

"We can become better learners, and by being better learners, we will be better teachers. I want to follow the example of the Savior, a master teacher. But what made Him a master teacher? He was first a learner. May the Lord bless each of us as we follow Him and become better learners."

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