The Holy Ghost and Education

As I’ve approached my graduation from college, I have found myself reflecting on the education that I’ve attained during the last four years. Specifically, I have thought about which experiences and classes have been the most enriching for me as a person. As I was mentally reviewing the things I remember most from the last four years, I was reminded of a quote by a modern-day prophet. President Joseph Fielding Smith said:

The Spirit of God speaking to the spirit of man has power to impart truth with greater effect and understanding than the truth can be imparted by personal contact even with heavenly beings. Through the Holy Ghost the truth is woven into the very fibre and sinews of the body so that it cannot be forgotten (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954-56], 1:47-48)

This quote has plenty of applications, but in this context I was thinking about how the Holy Ghost – or the Spirit of God – teaches us truth. My understanding is that the ‘truth’ discussed in this quote (and many, many others like it) is not at all limited to truths regarding religious doctrine. Rather, the ‘truth’ discussed here applies to any type of truth. I believe that this ‘truth’ certainly extends to our education. In other words, I believe that the Holy Ghost can testify of truth taught in a math class, English, biology, physics, etc. I have felt the Spirit many times throughout my studies. Moreover, I find now that the times when I was studying with the Spirit are the times when I best remembered and comprehended what I was studying.

I’m thankful for the role of the Holy Ghost in my education. It has enriched my studies and heightened my abilities on many occasions. I’m thankful that the Holy Ghost testifies of truth – not just of doctrinal truths, but of all truth. I testify that this power is open to anyone who is willing to seek out the truth with an open heart and a contrite spirit.

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