"And as all have not faith, seek ye 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
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend an LDS homeschool conference in American Fork. It was such an amazing day! It was held at the American Heritage School- a private LDS school. I could do a whole post about how incredible that school was :) As much as I love homeschooling my kids, if I lived anywhere near American Fork and could afford $500 a month, my kids would be going there instead of being home with me. Every room had pictures of Christ and the First Presidency. The Family Proclamation was proudly displayed in the hall. Pictures of our country's Founding Fathers were on the timeline along with Adam and Eve and other significant church events. When Brigham Young cautioned the saints AGAINST supporting public schools, I'm pretty sure this is what he had in mind instead. Can you imagine- starting your school day with a hymn, prayer, and morning devotional? How about learning about the Plan of Salvation and God's hand in everything while you are at school? We do that here in our home, but wouldn't it be wonderful to do that everyday with hundreds of others? Sorry, I digress. I just really, really loved that school!
The theme of the conference was "Seek Learning by Faith". It was based on a CES talk that Elder Bednar gave in February of 2006. "...as learners, you and I are to act
and be doers of the word and not simply hearers who are only acted upon.
Are you and I agents who act and seek learning by faith, or are we
waiting to be taught and acted upon? Are the children, youth, and adults
we serve acting and seeking to learn by faith, or are they waiting to
be taught and acted upon? Are you and I encouraging and helping those we
serve to seek learning by faith? We are all to be anxiously engaged in
asking, seeking, and knocking". Pretty powerful words. We need to have our hearts and minds open to the teachings of the Holy Ghost at all times and in all things. He doesn't just speak to us on Sundays, it is any time we are seeking truth and knowledge. I encourage you to read this talk. It gave me a lot to think about. Am I always prepared and ready to learn? Do I "expect" to be taught or do I do my part to open my heart and mind to what the Holy Spirit has for me to learn? Am I preparing my children to seek learning by faith or do we "just attend church meetings" or "do school work"?
In my next post I will have more on the speakers...