By Reggie Voyce
If you have not yet discovered The Education in Zion Gallery in the Joseph F. Smith Building, it is a great time to do so. If you are an incoming student it is a good place to start with building a true appreciation of dedicated, life-long learning. That appreciation will serve you well, not only here at BYU, but for the rest of your life as you have the discretionary time to learn anything you want, not just what is needed to graduate.
The Latter-day Saints who built not only this school, but many others, built with a sense of absolute commitment to learning truth in all its variety. Joseph Fielding Smith stated, “The mind must not only possess a knowledge of truth, but the soul must revere it, cherish it, love it as a priceless gem; and this human life must be guided and shaped by it in order to fulfill its destiny.”
His statement gives rise to serious reflection about the nature of true learning and what it means for us who know that all of our hard work for knowledge, truth and wisdom will rise with us in the eternities, even when we don’t always remember it for the test!
Our destiny awaits us, and the Education in Zion Gallery is a genuine place to help us make a good start.
1. Joseph F. Smith, First Presidency 1895, Education in Zion Gallery(italics added)