The Top Ten Conference Talks about Learning and Education

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With the recent start of a new school year for many students, as well as the Church’s emphasis on learning at home, education is a hot topic. As Latter-day Saints, we know that learning, both secular and spiritual, is essential for our progression. This truth is reflected in Section 130 of the Doctrine and Covenants, “And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.”

Whether you are struggling with a child who doesn’t see the point in doing homework, trying to start up regular family scripture study, or contemplating going back to college, we hope the wisdom found in these talks provides some inspiration.

1. Seek Learning: You Have a Work to Do—Mary N. Cook

Mary N. Cook

“Be a good student. Arise and shine forth in your schools with hard work, honesty, and integrity. If you are struggling or discouraged with your performance in school, seek help from your parents, teachers, and helpful Church members. Never give up!”

2. Three Goals to Guide You—Thomas S. Monson

President Thomas S. Monson

“Beyond our study of spiritual matters, secular learning is also essential. Often the future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties. Statistics reveal that at some time, because of the illness or death of a husband or because of economic necessity, you may find yourself in the role of financial provider. Some of you already occupy that role. I urge you to pursue your education—if you are not already doing so or have not done so—that you might be prepared to provide if circumstances necessitate such.”

3. Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge—Richard G. Scott

Richard G. Scott

“Gaining spiritual knowledge is not a mechanical process. It is a sacred privilege based upon spiritual law. I testify that you can receive inspired help.”

4. “To Be Learned Is Good If…”—Boyd K. Packer


“We encourage our youth in every country to get an education. Even if at times it seems hopeless. With determination and faith in the Lord, you will be blessed with success. It is a dream well worth pursuing.”

5. Where Is Wisdom?—Russell M. Nelson


“Because of our sacred regard for each human intellect, we consider the obtaining of an education to be a religious responsibility.”

6. Strive for Excellence—Dallin H. Oaks


“Rigorous standards and high achievement in any field of learning are not at odds with faith and devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Strive for excellence, use the talents that the Lord has given you, meet and master the learning of men.”

7. Rowing Your Boat—Chieko N. Okazaki

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“Part of our mortal responsibility is to increase in learning and wisdom. We need to use the two oars of study and faith so that our boats will not be swamped by the storms of life. We need to teach our children to use these same oars. Let’s encourage them to value education and to increase in learning and wisdom through study and faith.”

8. Two Principles for Any Economy—Dieter F. Uchtdorf


“Brethren, you have a duty to learn as much as you can. Please encourage your families, your quorum members, everyone to learn and become better educated. If formal education is not available, do not allow that to prevent you from acquiring all the knowledge you can. Under such circumstances, the best books, in a sense, can become your “university”—a classroom that is always open and admits all who apply.”

9. Receive Truth—L. Tom Perry

L Tom Perry

“The acquisition of knowledge is a fundamental part of the Lord’s eternal plan for His children. To make certain that there are resources available for those who seek this knowledge, He has instructed His prophets through the ages to make a record of His dealings with them. “

10. Parents: The Prime Gospel Teachers of Their Children—Tad R. Callister


“As parents, we are to be the prime gospel teachers and examples for our children—not the bishop, the Sunday School, the Young Women or Young Men, but the parents.”

Jasmine has degrees in Spanish and International Relations from BYU and has always had a love for writing ever since she penned her first haiku at age 9. She and her husband, Shawn, are the the parents of 8 children, who keep her very busy when she is not writing for Third Hour.