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A Child of God

August 28, 2010

A Child of God

by Henry B. Eyring, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Given as a BYU Devotional (talk/message) October 21, 1997.

This talk has stuck with me since I first came across it several years ago and is one of my favorite talks on education. I thought it would be good have it as a refresher today before starting classes this week. You can watch, listen, or read it here. If you’re watching, there is some introductory material and an opening song, and the introduction to Elder Eyring begins around 5:04.

Some highlights:

“From the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in the time of Joseph Smith to our own days, you can see the evidence of that drive to learn springing from true conversion.”

“I’ll talk about just a few of those habits of great learners. In each instance you will recognize them. … The first characteristic behavior is to welcome correction. You’ve noticed that in the people around you who seem to be learning most. … A second characteristic of great learners is that they keep commitments. … [Third,] They work hard. … For the child of God who has enough faith in the plan of salvation to treat it as reality, hard work is the only reasonable option. Life at its longest is short. … The great learner expects resistance and overcomes it.”

And, in the spirit of school, if you’re into extra reading, here are a few more gems from President Eyring on the topic of education:

Education for Real Life

More highlights from that one:

“No service that matters can be given over a lifetime by those who stop learning. A great teacher is always studying.”

“And since what we will need to know is hard to discern, we need the help of heaven to know which of the myriad of things we could study we would most wisely learn. It also means that we cannot waste time entertaining ourselves when we have the chance to read or to listen to whatever will help us learn what is true and useful. Insatiable curiosity will be our hallmark.”

Insatiable. I like that.

“…But I can promise you that if you will go to Him in prayer and ask what He would have you do next, promising that you will put His kingdom first, He will answer your prayer and He will keep His promise to add upon your head blessings, enough and to spare. Those apparent prison walls of ‘not enough time’ will begin to recede, even as you are called to do more.”

“There is another implication in all this for what we should do. We should never fail to thank those who teach us well. It may be the most precious pay they will ever get, and they deserve it. Not only have they blessed you, but through you they will bless those you will teach and serve. Tens of thousands may someday wish they could thank your teacher. Do it for them.”

Teaching Is a Moral Act

Go Forth to Serve

Discovering Truth

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