"You Have a Mandate from the Lord to Educate Your Mind"
God sent us to earth to learn and grow. He wants us to become like He is. We can not do that without the experiences we go through on this earth.
Our knowledge is dependent on what we previously know. For example, think of a little baby. The baby must learn to roll over before she sits up. She must learn to sit up before she eats solid foods so her kneck muscles are strong enough. After learning to roll over she begins to crawl. Soon comes standing up, holding on to couches then standing in the middle of the room to finally and amazingly walking!
This is a similar process we go through as we strengthen our mind! We must build upon what we previously know in order to gain more knowledge! And with this new knowledge we can even challenge and/or confirm the truth of our previous knowledge.
This is exciting. This is God's plan!
He wants us to continue through our whole lives to learn and grow. He does not want us to stay stagnant. President Gordon B. Hinckley states, "You have a mandate from the Lord to educate your minds and your hearts and your hands....The Lord wants you to train your minds and hands to become an influence for good as you go forward with your lives."
So how do we do this? We seek knowledge from the scriptures and good books. We listen to podcasts that uplift and teach us how to grow. We listen to the prophets and apostles. We have uplifting and truthful conversations with family and friends. We teach what we learn and take action.
I have loved learning from Brooke Snow . She teaches all about living in your true identity; guiding us to become closer to the person God created us to be! She shares her goodness through her podcast, book, and meditation course. I have learned so much from her as I have listened, read, and taken her meditation course. She has so much goodness to share!
I learned as we become more open and vulnerable we are able to dare more greatly in Brene Brown's book, Daring Greatly. This book was a great read! I love all the different people she interviews and her research behind this book.
I also loved reading again the book, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy in the Anchored Mom Book Club. Darren says it straight in this book with great tips on how to create habits that will consistently move you forward towards your goals.
As we are striving each day to better ourselves, we are building on the person we once were. We are learning and growing, "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little." (2 Nephi 28:30). It is with this learning that we grow and become who God created us to be!