Learning Is Everybody’s Business
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“Learning Is Everybody’s Business,” Tambuli, Jan. 1982, 16

Learning Is Everybody’s Business

We ought to be real students—students like no one else. Rather than merely attending religion classes—whether at universities, in institutes or seminaries, priesthood quorums, family home evening, or Sunday School—we should study harder there than in any other area. The subject matter merits of us the best intellectual and spiritual effort we can gather; for if we, in this lay Church, don’t become proficient in learning the gospel of Jesus Christ, who will? If the elders of Israel do not become profound theologians, who will? If you mothers and future mothers don’t learn the gospel sufficiently to teach your children, who will? And, you missionaries, if you don’t learn the message the Lord would have you teach, who will? Many painfully discover the obvious—you can’t teach well the things which you do not know!

Someone has said that the Church is never more than a generation away from extinction, and so it is if truths are not taught effectively. Each generation has the responsibility of teaching these truths effectively to each succeeding generation.

I believe that one of the major reasons many in the world have been so weakened in their moral fiber is because they have not had an effective religious educational program based on true principles. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have that; and, furthermore, we are committed. Our leaders are committed. We make no apology to anyone because we plan, organize, and invest resources of time and money. We drive countless kilometers to take children to and from Primaries, early-morning seminaries, Church-sponsored Scouting activities, Sunday Schools, sacrament meetings, and quorum activities. We print manuals by the hundreds of thousands for parents and teachers to use in teaching. We establish seminaries, institutes of religion, schools, colleges, and even universities.

Why? So that these truths can be taught and learned. So that circumstances can be created in which the Spirit can testify to all our spirits of the eternal truths of the gospel. This “Spirit” is really the basic distinctive feature of true “religious education.” Without it we cannot succeed. And when teachers and students have it, we cannot fail. Our course is charted and our goals are set.

  • Former Associate Commissioner for Religious Education