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Published on January 27, 2009

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A wise man share his thoughts on learning begins at home

“ We live in a world where knowledge is developing at an ever-accelerating rate. Drink deeply from the ever-springing well of wisdom and human experience. If you should stop now, you will only stunt your intellectual and spiritual growth. Keep everlastingly at it. Read. Read, Read. Read the word of God in sacred books of scripture. Read from the great literature of the ages. Read what is being said in our day and time and what will be said in the future.” ( Gordon B. Hinckley, Commencement Address, Brigham Young University, April 27, 1995)

“ May I suggest that in our family night gatherings we make it a project to memorize one scripture citation a week pertinent to this work. At the conclusion of a year our children will have on their lips a fund of scripture which will remain with them throughout their lives.” (Conference Report, April 1959; Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 344; Gene R. Cook, Searching the Scriptures: Bringing Power to Your Personal and Family Study, p. 115).

“ May I suggest that in our family night gatherings we make it a project to memorize one scripture citation a week pertinent to this work. At the conclusion of a year our children will have on their lips a fund of scripture which will remain with them throughout their lives.”

(Conference Report, April 1959; Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 344; Gene R. Cook, Searching the Scriptures: Bringing Power to Your Personal and Family Study, p. 115).

Chapter Five: Learning: “With All Thy Getting Get Understanding“ Gordon B Hinckley

Chapter Five:

Learning: “With All Thy Getting

Get Understanding“

Gordon B Hinckley

Education is the great conversion process under which abstract knowledge becomes useful and productive activity. It is something that need never stop. No matter how old we become, we can acquire knowledge and use it. We can gather wisdom and profit from it.

Education is the great conversion process under which abstract knowledge becomes useful and productive activity. It is something that need never stop. No matter how old we become, we can acquire knowledge and use it. We can gather wisdom and profit from it.

We can grow and progress and improve-and in the process, strengthen the lives of those within our circle of influence. We can enrich our lives dramatically through the miracle of reading and exposure to the arts.

We can grow and progress and improve-and in the process, strengthen the lives of those within our circle of influence. We can enrich our lives dramatically through the miracle of reading and exposure to the arts.

The older I grow, the more I enjoy the words of thoughtful writers, ancient and modern. I savor that which they have learned and processed and recorded for others to read.

The older I grow, the more I enjoy the words of thoughtful writers, ancient and modern. I savor that which they have learned and processed and recorded for others to read.

I have in my home library an old set of the Harvard classics that originally belonged to my father. Though he was not a man of great financial means, he was an educated and thoughtful man who placed a high priority on language and learning.

I have in my home library an old set of the Harvard classics that originally belonged to my father. Though he was not a man of great financial means, he was an educated and thoughtful man who placed a high priority on language and learning.

I still refer to this fifty-volume set of classic books, just as I did more than sixty years ago as a university student.

I still refer to this fifty-volume set of classic books, just as I did more than sixty years ago as a university student.

It is a treasury of timeless literature, an encyclopedic presentation of the great thoughts of men and women who, in their eras, struggled with serious problems, thought deeply, prayed mightily, and expressed themselves in ways both challenging and beautiful.

It is a treasury of timeless literature, an encyclopedic presentation of the great thoughts of men and women who, in their eras, struggled with serious problems, thought deeply, prayed mightily, and expressed themselves in ways both challenging and beautiful.

In our home also was a room we called the library. It had a solid table and a good lamp, three or four comfortable chairs with good light, and hundreds of books in cases that lined the walls.

In our home also was a room we called the library. It had a solid table and a good lamp, three or four comfortable chairs with good light, and hundreds of books in cases that lined the walls.

We were never forced to read, but the books were placed where they were handy and where we could get at them whenever we wished. There were also magazines, books on technical subjects, dictionaries, scriptures, and atlases. There was quiet in that room. It was understood that it was a place to study and write, ponder and meditate.

We were never forced to read, but the books were placed where they were handy and where we could get at them whenever we wished. There were also magazines, books on technical subjects, dictionaries, scriptures, and atlases. There was quiet in that room. It was understood that it was a place to study and write, ponder and meditate.

There was no television, of course, at that time. Radio came along while I was growing up. But my parents created within our home an environment of learning, and they made it clear-more by their actions and priorities than by anything they said-that they valued learning.

There was no television, of course, at that time. Radio came along while I was growing up. But my parents created within our home an environment of learning, and they made it clear-more by their actions and priorities than by anything they said-that they valued learning.

I grew up believing that it was desirable to be informed, to be educated, to increase one's understanding about the world and its peoples. I would not have you believe that we were scholars, for we were not. But we were exposed to great literature, to great ideas from great thinkers.

I grew up believing that it was desirable to be informed, to be educated, to increase one's understanding about the world and its peoples. I would not have you believe that we were scholars, for we were not. But we were exposed to great literature, to great ideas from great thinkers.

At that early age, perhaps without realizing it at the time, I came to believe that we must never stop learning. The more we learn, the more we are in a position to learn. I urge parents everywhere to make a determined effort to create and cultivate within their homes an atmosphere of learning and the growth that will come of it.

At that early age, perhaps without realizing it at the time, I came to believe that we must never stop learning. The more we learn, the more we are in a position to learn. I urge parents everywhere to make a determined effort to create and cultivate within their homes an atmosphere of learning and the growth that will come of it.

Children who are exposed at early ages to books have scholastic advantages throughout their lives. Parents who fail to read to their small children do a disservice to them as well as to themselves. It takes time, yes, much of it. It takes self-discipline and planning. It takes organizing and budgeting the minutes and hours of the day.

Children who are exposed at early ages to books have scholastic advantages throughout their lives. Parents who fail to read to their small children do a disservice to them as well as to themselves. It takes time, yes, much of it. It takes self-discipline and planning. It takes organizing and budgeting the minutes and hours of the day.

But it is never boring to watch young minds come to know characters, expressions, and ideas. Good reading can become a love affair, far more fruitful in long-term effects than many other activities in which children use their time.

But it is never boring to watch young minds come to know characters, expressions, and ideas. Good reading can become a love affair, far more fruitful in long-term effects than many other activities in which children use their time.

It has been estimated that the average child in the United States watches something approaching 8,000 hours of television before he or she even begins school.

It has been estimated that the average child in the United States watches something approaching 8,000 hours of television before he or she even begins school.

What difference might it make, what influence could it have in the homes of this country if parents were to work at creating an atmosphere of learning and education at home, if children were exposed at an early age to thoughts and concepts and attitudes that would build and motivate them for good throughout their lives.

What difference might it make, what influence could it have in the homes of this country if parents were to work at creating an atmosphere of learning and education at home, if children were exposed at an early age to thoughts and concepts and attitudes that would build and motivate them for good throughout their lives.

None of us can assume that we have learned enough. I have lived long enough now to say with certainty that as the door closes on one phase of life, it opens on another.

None of us can assume that we have learned enough. I have lived long enough now to say with certainty that as the door closes on one phase of life, it opens on another.

It therefore behooves us, and is our charge, to grow constantly toward eternity in what must be a ceaseless quest for truth. And as we search for truth, let us look for the good, the beautiful, and the positive.

It therefore behooves us, and is our charge, to grow constantly toward eternity in what must be a ceaseless quest for truth. And as we search for truth, let us look for the good, the beautiful, and the positive.

Then he issued this profound challenge, one that has the power to literally change the world: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:1 ~l 6).

Then he issued this profound challenge, one that has the power to literally change the world: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:1 ~l 6).

It is not enough just to live, just to survive.

It is not enough just to live,

just to survive.

There is incumbent upon every one of us to equip ourselves to do something worthwhile in society .

There is incumbent upon every one of us to equip ourselves to do something worthwhile in society .

We must acquire more and more light, so that our personal lights can help illuminate a darkened world.

We must acquire more and more light, so that our personal lights can help illuminate a darkened world.

And this is made possible through learning, through educating ourselves, through progressing and growing-both mind and spirit.

And this is made possible through learning, through educating ourselves, through progressing and growing-both mind and spirit.

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