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The Power of Knowledge—Four Reasons to Always Be Learning

By Mormon.org
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Never Too Much Knowledge

Oscar Wilde once said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” Regardless of what we choose to wear, it’s true that we can never be overeducated. There is so much out there to learn, and the Lord has counseled us to “seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, … even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). Elder Quentin L. Cook has admonished us to continually seek learning. He said: “Knowledge is essential. Knowledge in all areas is important.” Here are four reasons why we should continue learning throughout our lives.

Discover Who You Are

When we seek knowledge of spiritual things, we are blessed with a greater understanding of who we are as children of a loving Heavenly Father, who wants us to grow and develop. We can obtain this knowledge by diligently studying the scriptures, praying for understanding, and putting into practice the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This knowledge gives us the courage and ability to tackle the challenges of life with confidence.

When we seek secular knowledge, especially when accompanied by a quest for spiritual knowledge, we gain greater confidence in our ability to accomplish the everyday tasks of life. Whatever those tasks may be, ongoing education gives us the confidence to do our job well.

Become More Self-Reliant

Those who continually seek opportunities for learning and growth are better prepared to compete for new or better opportunities in the workforce. Regardless of our current employment status, we never know what the future will hold for us financially. As we keep current on skills and abilities through continuing education, we will be prepared to provide the means necessary to sustain ourselves and our loved ones. President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “The Lord wants you to educate your minds and hands, whatever your chosen field. Whether it be repairing refrigerators, or the work of a skilled surgeon, you must train yourselves. Seek for the best schooling available. Become a workman of integrity in the world that lies ahead of you. I repeat, you will … be generously blessed because of that training.”

Increase Awareness of the World Around You

The more we know about the world around us, the broader our perspective becomes. Studying history helps us learn from others’ successes and avoid their failures. Studying other cultures in our world today helps us understand others. And studying new methods and skills helps us relate to the global community. While ignorance may produce close-mindedness, knowledge opens our eyes and connects us to humanity.

Take It with You

Perhaps the most compelling reason to continue learning every day is that once we learn something, it’s ours forever. The scriptures teach: “Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. 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” (D&C 130:18–19). We won’t be able to take our possessions with us across death’s threshold, but our knowledge continues with us into the eternities.

So pursue knowledge every day. Learn a new skill, read a new book, attend a new class, get a new certification, or discover a new truth today. Every time you do, you will be able to discover who you are, meet the challenges you face, understand those around you, and increase your knowledge forever.