Saturday, June 20, 2009

Seek Learning Even By Study and Also by Faith

Today our lesson in our Single Adults' Sunday School class was about how we could seek learning by study and by faith. The very first thought that came into my mind is the Prophet Joseph Smith and how we gave a perfect example of that phrase. He sought learning by studying the scriptures because he wanted to know the truth of the gospel. Unlike most men of his time, he wanted to learn the truth for himself and salvation and not for reproof or to destroy another sect's faith. He wanted a pure knowledge of the truth that at that time was corrupted by every person's own understanding as the truth was taken away from the Earth due to man's wickedness. Such a humble and unlearned man yearned for a plain and simple truth that later was restored on Earth through Him.

He searched the scriptures diligently with the faith in the Lord that he would find answers. He knew that either he would remain in darkness forever or seek to find the truth. I admired his unwavering faith and his earnest desire and pray that every man in the Earth would have a seeking yet humble attitude like him. I hope and pray that in the field, the people that I would be teaching would be humble and prayerful enough not to lean unto their own understandings but learn to depend on the Lord for the pure and sweet truth.

In the middle of the class, our teacher, Sister Weng, asked us of the lessons we learned from our parents. Probably the best lesson I learned from my mom was to be persistent in whatever task you'd like to accomplish despite the many obstacles that might come your way. There would always be plenty of them in the process, you cannot change that fact, but if you remain true and strong in your purpose, you will eventually succeed in your goal. I knew that it's not only my mom that trusts in me but also my Heavenly Father. I know that they both want me to succeed because I was born to be one. Sister Michele Joyce Araneta shared her own learning from her parents. She said that she always wanted to have a good gospel-centered family and since her parents are not members of the Church, she needs to adjust to that fact and work on changing things through her future family. We both are trying to prepare to serve in the mission by next year. We both have this great faith that through us, the Lord will make a mighty change in the hearts and lives of the people. If there's something that we can do about a situation, we need to start the change within ourselves. If there's nothing we can do about it, we need to change our attitudes about it.

Aside from the four standard works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which are Bible, Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price and Doctrine and Covenants, we are encourage to seek learning through the best books of the world as in the thirteenth article of our faith, "...If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." (Articles of Faith 13)

When we seek, we need to keep a humble and faithful attitude so the Lord will be our guide in the whole learning process.


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