We encourage our youth in every country to get an education. Even if at times it seems hopeless. With determination and faith in the Lord, you will be blessed with success. It is a dream well worth pursuing.
The Lord said:
“The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
“I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.” (D&C 93:36–40.)
We are counseled to “seek … diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” (D&C 88:118.)
The words study and faith each portray a type of education. First, we are commanded to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
“Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God.” (D&C 88:77–78.)
And we are also “to obtain a knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms, of laws of God and man, and all this for the salvation of Zion.” (D&C 93:53; see also D&C 88:79.)
-Boyd K. Packer “To Be Learned is Good if…”
I have valued my secular education as long as I could remember. It was important for my mom and it soon became very important to me. I have recently graduated from college and as I ponder on a blessing I once received to obtain as much education that I can, I wondered how I could expand my learning without going to a school. I realized, through this pondering and sitting in my gospel doctrines class, that I didn’t understand the scriptures as much as I could if it were taught in a college classroom. I haven’t fervently studied the scriptures and applied them in my life as I would a concept I learned from school. I don’t study the doctrines like my salvation depends on it. So I realized that the blessing to obtain as much education that I can applies to a learning that surpasses all knowledge found on earth—it is the knowledge of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ taught through the power of the Holy Ghost. It is the knowledge of Their plan for my life—the Plan of Salvation.
I encourage not only myself, but to all the readers to diligently study the scriptures and pray with faith, to really learn of God, and to build your testimony that He has a plan for you here on earth.