Tag: "Joseph Smith"

The title of this post is from one of the displays in our gallery that has been quite intriguing to me. What an honor to be called “God’s student!” What qualified Joseph Smith to receive this title? His learning came through a pattern of study, experience, and revelation. As we gain our education in this same way, we too can be God’s students.

Joseph’s example of study was an incredible one. When he had questions, he did all he could to find the answers. When confronted with the realization that he did not know which church to join, he sought for answers by studying the scriptures, talking to his parents and family, attending various religious services, and asking questions of the local ministers and church leaders.

Much of our learning will come in the same way. In fact, it often feels like this is the only way we are to learn while here at BYU. We spend hours studying, memorizing, and doing all we can to learn and understand the material we will be tested on. While this is an important part of the learning process, it is only that: a part.

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Two sweeping murals grace the walls of Education in Zion. On the south wall rises a mural entitled, The Temple, a Holy School, and directly facing it on the north end is a mural entitled, The School, a Temple of Learning. The south one depicts the first LDS temple in Kirtland, Ohio, while the other highlights the Brigham Young Academy Building and the Karl G. Maeser Building (the first structure on BYU’s present-day campus).

When seen together, these two murals of the temple and the school encapsulate the purpose of learning for Church members. For Latter-day Saints, learning is a holy and eternal endeavor. Read more