Help them understand that it is only by the Spirit of God that we can know “the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10)—meaning the truths that can only be understood through revelation. After each group has reported, you may want to ask the class for additional insights or experiences related to acquiring spiritual truth. An Evening with a … He said: “As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles. Since it requires much personal effort to gain and use worthwhile knowledge, you cannot endlessly sample from every fascinating arena of life. Exercise faith in Jesus Christ. “For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ. To be humble is to be teachable. Practice and dedication to out perform your competitors . Spiritual Nuggets by Randy Scott. As each element of truth is encountered, you must carefully examine it in the light of prior knowledge to determine where it fits. Invite students to share how they or someone they know was able to better understand an idea, a teaching, or a question when they considered it from an eternal perspective. To help students effectively do this, an effort called Doctrinal Mastery is being introduced. Always, day or night, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, seek to recognize and respond to the direction of the Spirit. Humility permits you to be tutored by the Spirit and to be taught from sources inspired by the L ord, such as the scriptures. Questions like: “‘Do I believe that God knows and loves me?’, “‘Do I believe that God hears and answers my prayers?’, “‘Are my efforts leading me to the highest spiritual goals and values in life?’. “It is I that speak; … I am the light which shineth in darkness, and by my power I give these words unto thee. …, “Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit. …. Sep 6, 2018 - Heavenly Father has taught us how to acquire spiritual knowledge. It takes faith and diligent effort. What truths do we know about Heavenly Father and His plan for us that help us look at this question through His perspective? Therefore, you should select carefully a few vital areas where you can focus energy to learn and share vital truths. To Learn and to Teach More Effectively. The principles behind this process are themselves revealed principles. “Well over one hundred years ago, an American poet put to rhyme an ancient parable. “I, the Lord, … will be a light unto them forever, that hear my words” (2 Ne. Many favored same-sex marriage, and several LDS youth indicated they “liked” the postings. “You are selfish.” “You are judgmental.” One compared me to a slave owner. Humility is essential to the acquiring of spiritual knowledge. Search them diligently. John 7:17. “When it comes to spiritual truth, how can we know that we are on the right path? President Ezra Taft Benson emphasized the importance of spiritual knowledge, saying: “We should make daily study of the scriptures a lifetime pursuit. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Ps. March 18, 2008. As spiritual knowledge unfolds, it must be understood, valued, obeyed, remembered, and expanded. James 1:5–6; 2 Nephi 32:8–9. A bulb ignited in a dark room overpowers darkness. 2. The best single source for learning them is the scriptures. “‘I decided to declare my belief in traditional marriage in a thoughtful way. I have tried to do that with gaining spiritual knowledge. You may want to suggest that they mark the following doctrine: God knows all things and is the source of all truth. It is a sacred privilege based upon spiritual law. Their fruit is spiritual knowledge to guide you here and hereafter.” Richard G. Scott | … Explain that remembering this truth is helpful when we have questions about the Church that seem difficult to understand. Elder Richard G. Scott, “To Acquire Spiritual Guid-ance,” Ensign, November 2009, 6–9, online at lds.org. … Spiritual knowledge is not available merely for the asking; even prayers are not enough. Thank you for your zest for life, your generous giving of self, your devotion, and your determination to live worthily. Obeyed. Invite a student to read aloud principle 2, “Examine Concepts and Questions with an Eternal Perspective,” in the “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge” section in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what God has given us to help us discover and understand truth. Doctrinal Mastery offers a clear framework to help all people learn and apply divine principles for acquiring spiritual knowledge. Also the knowledge you gain will be available throughout your life. To be humble is to be teachable. Ask students to report what they found. (BYU Speeches, 1992-93, "Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge", Richard G. Scott, p. 153) "Rather than prepare a talk, prepare yourself." Choose the Light by Vern P. Stanfill. Exercise faith in Jesus Christ. Search this site . Why is it important to beware of unreliable sources of information? How might our beliefs or assumptions affect the questions we ask and the conclusions we arrive at? "We are a people who believe in education. See “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge” in the Doctrinal Mastery: Core Document (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2016), online at lds.org. Invite students to silently read principle 1, “Act in Faith,” from the “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge” section in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document. He knows and loves you personally. Express gratitude for the help received and obey it. Hard, … Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Carefully separate them from the detail used to explain them. “… [We] will often be better off to respond by identifying the worldly premises or assumptions in the assertions [we] face [from others], and then by identifying the different assumptions or premises that guide the thinking of Latter-day Saints. He will bless and lead you as you move through this sometimes treacherous world. What is the Olympic spirit? Invite students to explain how this poem illustrates the challenge of discovering and understanding truth. The secular without the foundation of the spiritual is … like the foam upon the milk, the fleeting shadow. “Humility is essential to the acquiring of spiritual knowledge. Next, ask students to work in their groups and select several words from the passage that can be used to best represent the doctrine taught. How does this statement by President Uchtdorf help us further understand the importance of asking the right questions? A.S.K. ), “Because of our knowledge of [the plan of salvation] and other truths that God has revealed, we start with different assumptions [or beliefs] than those who do not share our knowledge. Assign each group one of the doctrinal mastery passages written on the board. (Students’ answers might include principles like the following: Having an eternal perspective allows us to reframe questions and view ideas based on the Lord’s standard of truth rather than the world’s assumptions. Explain that these principles can guide us as we seek to learn and understand eternal truth and resolve questions or issues. Have students work in groups of two or three. Humility permits you to be tutored by the Spirit and to be taught from sources inspired by the Lord, such as the scriptures. President Joseph Fielding Smith gave this admonition: “Today we are troubled by evil-designing persons who [endeavor] … to destroy the testimonies of members of the Church, and many … are in danger because of lack of understanding and because they have not sought the guidance of the Spirit. The seeds of personal growth and understanding germinate and flourish in the fertile soil of humility. How does this eternal perspective change our understanding of the concern? I will explain that statement using examples … The men and women who form our student body come from diverse backgrounds and are brought together at Scott Christian University (SCU) by a shared passion for serving Christ and his Church. The Lord said: “He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more” (D&C 78:19). Intro. Strive diligently to keep his commandments. (You may want to display these questions on the board or provide them on a handout.). Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances. I certify that He lives, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. His divinely ordained pattern requires that we have an honest desire to know the truth (see Moroni 10:4–5) and are willing to live according to that which God has revealed (see John 7:17). To help students deepen their understanding of what we must do to acquire spiritual truth, divide the class into four groups and assign each group one of the following doctrinal mastery passages or sets of passages: Explain that they will have five minutes to read their assigned verses as a group and discuss what they read by using the following questions. Make these truths yours through study and thoughtful application and by emulating a prophet of God, Spencer W. Kimball, who at the conclusion of a conference, taught: “While sitting here, I have made up my mind that when I go home from this conference this night there are many, many areas in my life that I can perfect. 3–4). The seeds of personal growth and understanding germinate and flourish in the fertile soil of humility. How can these verses help you better understand how you can seek spiritual truth? Explain that during the school year, in addition to studying the teachings of the New Testament sequentially, they also will be studying the nine doctrinal topics from the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document (which correspond to topics in the Sunday youth curriculum) and the New Testament doctrinal mastery passages associated with each topic. The role of obedience in gaining spiritual knowledge is crucial, as this comment of President Joseph Fielding Smith confirms: “Now the Lord would give us gifts. Have one partner silently study Alma 10:31–32; 11:21 and the other partner silently study Alma 12:8. The seeds of personal growth and understanding germinate and flourish in the fertile soil of humility. To help students understand the importance of this aspect of obtaining spiritual knowledge, invite a student to read aloud the following statement by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Learning is an eternal thing." As You Go Forth. Ask the class to follow along, looking for how this verse helps us understand why we can rely upon God as the source of all truth. Also consider showing students the Church’s Gospel Topics page at topics.lds.org. I have made a mental list of them, and I expect to go to work as soon as we get through with conference” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1975, p. 164). The School of Theology is the oldest school at SCU, begun in 1962, and remains the … For Success in Life. You show knowledge is valued by expressing appreciation for it, especially in heartfelt prayers of gratitude. Yet if the darkness is too intense, it can overpower light, as with a bulb plunged into a bucket of black ink. Ensure that as each group reports their findings, they include which part of the process for acquiring spiritual learning their verses taught. Valued. This is particularly true when our desire is to obtain spiritual knowledge” (“Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 87). “To gain knowledge of great worth requires extraordinary personal effort. Invite students to report what they found. The Lord intends it be that way so that we can mature and progress. Selected Teachings from "Love" (154-166) The Search for an Eternal Companion "Mate Selection" Humility is essential to the acquiring of spiritual knowledge. If they do not mention it, point out the following principle: As we seek to develop our understanding and to resolve concerns, it is important that we rely on the testimony that we already have of Jesus Christ, the Restoration of His gospel, and the teachings of His ordained prophets. Notes 1. It takes persistence and dedication of one’s life. This is particularly true when our desire is to obtain spiritual knowledge. Personal Revelation. The Lord intends it to be that way so that we can mature and progress. (As part of this discussion, you may want to suggest that students mark the following principle: As we turn to the Lord’s divinely appointed sources for answers and direction, we can be blessed to discern between truth and error.). As knowledge unfolds it must be under- stood, valued, used, remembered, and expanded. Welcome to Scott’s School of Theology. Why do you feel it is important to diligently seek for answers to questions that arise during your efforts to learn truth? . 10:14; emphasis added). Please read the following statements, which contain statements made by Elder Richard G. Scott (or statements he quoted from other General Authorities) in his article. To be humble is to be teachable. Invite students to identify truths listed under principle 2 that help them understand how to best examine questions that come to them. I will explain that statement using examples from the scriptures, the prophets, and the precious, though difficult, laboratory of personal experience. That statement of principle is: To acquire spiritual knowledge and to obey it with wisdom, one must: As spiritual knowledge unfolds, it must be understood, valued, obeyed, remembered, and expanded. Brigham Young declared, “If you love the truth you can remember it” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. To explain that truth, President Harold B. Lee gave this wise instruction: “The Savior’s blood, His atonement, will save us, but only after we have done all we can to save ourselves by keeping His commandments. This practice will reinforce your capacity to learn by the Spirit. I know that to gain knowledge of great worth requires extraordinary personal effort. As we stay anchored to our trust in our Heavenly Father and His plan of salvation, we are able to see issues more clearly. Heavenly Father is willing to teach us, but we must be willing to do our part. View it in perspective to confirm you have not jumped to false conclusions. The principles behind this process are themselves revealed principles. “Recently, I spoke with a Laurel from the United States. To Live Well. Provide students with copies of the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document, and ask them to open to the “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge” section. 19. Brigham Young learned truth by carefully listening to Joseph Smith and striving to understand everything that was taught by word, example, or the Spirit. (Examples might include Joseph Smith—History 1:10–20; Enos 1:1–8; Doctrine and Covenants 138:1–11). Seek further understanding through divinely appointed sources. Often that search has led them to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to the restored gospel” (“It Works Wonderfully!” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 20–21). What experiences have you had with this part of the pattern of acquiring spiritual truth? Invite the class to follow along, looking for how this parable represents some of the challenges we face as we search for truth. 2:11, 14). You may also want to share an experience of your own. “For you shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God. “And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto … the Father” (D&C 84:43–47; emphasis added). Invite a student to read aloud the following statement by Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "Spiritual guidance," said Elder Scott, "is direction, enlightenment, knowledge and motivation you receive from Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost . It is worth great effort to organize the truth we gather to simple statements of principle. Humility permits you to be tutored by the Spirit and to be taught from sources inspired by the Lord, such as the scriptures. Today’s … Edward L. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, p. 390). Take your time and enjoy it) Mosiah 4:9 . The Savior declared: “I now give unto you a commandment … to give diligent heed to the words of eternal life. " To acquire spiritual knowledge and to use it with wisdom, one must in humility, seek divine light. You will find that efforts to share knowledge are often rewarded with more understanding as additional light flows into your mind and heart (see D&C 8:2–3). Ensign, … This is particularly true when our desire is to obtain spiritual knowledge” (“Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 87). Abide Bible Sleep Talk Down I WILL BE WITH YOU with Calming Relaxing Peaceful Music to Beat Insomnia - Duration: 3:02:20. Seek divine light. Humility is essential to the acquiring of spiritual knowledge. Consider telling students about (and if possible, showing them) the official Church website mormonnewsroom.org, where the Church clarifies information regarding various issues of public interest related to the Church and corrects partial or incorrect information being spread through the media. Point out that this portion of the lesson on acquiring spiritual knowledge is intended to help students learn principles that can guide them when they have questions or are presented with questions from others regarding the doctrine, practices, and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What has God given us to help us discover and understand truth? Are We Not All Beggars? What words or phrases in this verse describe why God is the only reliable source of truth? To illustrate the relationship between a person’s assumptions and the questions and conclusions he or she may arrive at, write the following question on the board: Why would a loving God restrict us or take away our rights by giving us commandments rather than allow us the freedom to do whatever makes us happy? Moroni 10:4–5 . [John Godfrey Saxe, The Poems of John Godfrey Saxe (1873), 135–36, books.google.com].”, (“What Is Truth?” [Church Educational System devotional, Jan. 13, 2013], lds.org/broadcasts.). Then write the following summary statement of truth on the board: Asking questions and diligently seeking answers is a vital part of our effort to learn truth. Invite students to share examples of when any of these principles blessed them when they were confronted with an issue, concern, or question. When that exercise of faith is coupled with sincere effort based upon a willingness to hearken to His counsel, great personal growth and blessings follow. April 22, 2004. Joseph Smith-History 1:10-20; Enos 1:1-8 … September 12, 2010. To illustrate the difference between asking sincere questions and asking questions in order to justify one’s behavior or to criticize or entrap someone, invite students to work in pairs as they contrast questions Zeezrom first asked with questions he asked after hearing the testimonies of Alma and Amulek. Ask the class to listen for why it is important to consider the assumptions or beliefs on which a question is based. Point out that our knowledge of God and His plan of salvation helps us understand the purpose for the commandments He has given us. • Hearken to His counsel. ("Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge," Ensign, November 1993, 86) Howard W. Hunter (Quorum of the Twelve) Those who delve into the scriptural library… find that to understand requires more than casual reading or perusal—there must be concentrated study. Ask a student to read aloud the third paragraph of the “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge” section in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document. That practice enhances the likelihood of your receiving further light. Use the scriptures and the declarations of the prophets to expand your knowledge. Why do you think the Lord requires effort on our part before we can acquire spiritual knowledge? Elder Richard G. Scott “To gain knowledge of great worth requires extraordinary personal effort. What would help the blind men come to a more accurate understanding of what an elephant is? I solemnly testify that Jesus Christ guides this, His church. This effort includes seeking to learn and apply principles of acquiring spiritual knowledge and developing a deeper understanding of key doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and compelling circumstances. My desire is that the suggestions given will help you in your quest for spiritual truth throughout your life. Such evaluation is particularly important when the truth comes as an impression of the Spirit. Why do you think it is important to rely upon God as the source of all truth? That's okay. Invite a student to read aloud the following account shared by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Analogies with physical light help us understand the power of spiritual light. … Every baptized person [can] have an abiding testimony. Richard G. Scott Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Ensign, Nov. 1993, 86) ... To acquire spiritual knowledge and to obey it with wisdom, one must: • In humility, seek divine light. It is the foundation of the plan of salvation. How can we recognize truth found in other trustworthy sources of information? • Exercise faith in Jesus Christ. … The most important [thing] you can do … is to immerse yourselves in the scriptures. Since it requires much personal effort to gain and use worthwhile knowledge, you cannot endlessly sample from every fascinating arena of life. As you walk in faithful obedience, He will bless you, inspire you, and lead you to greater knowledge and capacity. In what ways did this young woman act in faith when faced with a difficult situation? Olympics – staying up late, ice dancing. Invite students to share with the class how holding fast to what they already know and standing strong when faced with challenges has blessed their lives and caused their testimonies to grow (see Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 94). Explain that during their experience in seminary, students will have many opportunities to increase their understanding of eternal truth. For further insight into Mormon’s narrative goals, see Book of Mormon Central, “What Was Mormon’s Purpose in Writing the … Ask students to report what they find. Randy Scott's Spiritual Nuggets is hosted/from Google Sites. Ask students if they can think of any examples from the scriptures that illustrate how asking questions and diligently seeking answers led individuals to obtain spiritual knowledge. Zeezrom “began to inquire … diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God.”). I quote from her email: “‘This past year some of my friends on Facebook began posting their position on marriage. This is particularly true when our desire is to obtain spiritual knowledge” (“Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 87). This thought refers to rich benefits that come from your efforts to enlarge, extend, and increase your understanding of truth. I’ll explain: Understood. Abide - Sleep Meditations Recommended for you “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. Ask the class to listen for what Elder Scott taught is required to obtain spiritual knowledge. However, because we desire to understand eternal truth, it is important to consider questions in context of what we already know about God and His plan of salvation.). It conditioned Brigham Young to learn additional truths and to share far more than he had received personally from Joseph Smith. The Melchizedek Priesthood and the Keys by Dallin H. Oaks. Ask the class to listen for how a young woman acted in faith when faced with a challenging situation. To acquire spiritual knowledge and to use it with wisdom, one must:In humility, seek divine light.Exercise faith in Jesus Christ.Strive diligently to keep his commandments. If all the statements were in Elder Scott's article, please mark your answer as "True". The seeds of personal growth and understanding germinate and flourish in the fertile soil of humility. “And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit. Obedient application of truth is the surest way of making it eternally yours. Humbly ask your Eternal Father. How does this parable illustrate some of the challenges of discovering truth? Invite students to read 1 Corinthians 2:5, 9–11 silently, looking for what Paul taught is necessary in order to understand spiritual truth. After students have discussed their assigned verses with their partners, ask the class the following questions: What is the difference in motivation and attitude between the first questions Zeezrom asked and the questions he asked after hearing the testimonies of Alma and Amulek? I made no comment. Before class, write the following doctrinal mastery passages on the board: John 7:17; 1 Corinthians 2:5, 9–11; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; James 1:5–6. August 14, 2008. Explain that much of the beautiful doctrine taught in Alma 12–13 came as a result of questions. … but [it] … will grow dim and eventually disappear [without] … study, obedience, and diligent seeking to know and understand the truth” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1963, p. 22). Ask students to summarize what these verses say about how we can understand spiritual truth. (Help students understand that knowing where to turn for truth is one of the first steps to obtaining it.). Humility is essential to the acquiring of spiritual knowledge. Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances. At the beginning of the next several class sessions, consider reviewing these doctrinal mastery passages and the words students selected for each. “I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy; “And … by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive” (D&C 11:11–14; emphasis added). Strive diligently to keep his commandments. Home‎ > ‎ Esoteric ... Gnosticism: 1. hope to acquire knowledge through divine revelation (Wikipedia) Once enough progress can be made on the esoteric path so that all physical, psychic, and intellectual motors within turn off and we are there in a purely receptive mode, then every indivdual … Ask a student to read the statement aloud. “Examine Concepts and Questions with an Eternal Perspective,”, “Seek Further Understanding through Divinely Appointed Sources,”. 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