Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Real Education Makes You Virtuous

The fireside with Dan Ralphs was spectacular! I feel so inspired to read classic literature and do hard things and get a great education. Dan basically said that if you get a great education you will become Christlike. Therefore you will have virtue in education, because Christ is virtuous. The best education leads one not to just know stuff, and not to just understand, but to actually become Christlike. The best education changes or transforms you. You "become," instead of just knowing and understanding. That makes sense because Christ is the only source of power that changes us, or helps us become, for the better. He gives us a new life through a new birth.

Dan quoted from Les Mis and said that someone said it was the best work about the atonement outside of the standard works. I read it for my Face to Face with Greatness class (see but that was just a skim, rushed, conveyor-belt reading. Maybe I will actually go back and read it and allow it to help me "become." Dan also quoted Elder Neal Maxwell about what real education is, and then he had to translate the Maxwellian talk for us. I am hoping that one of my friends who was at the fireside will type up her notes and then I can share them on my treeoflifemothering.com site. It was at Michele Smith's home. She is so on the ball and organized and her youngest is 4 (meaning she actually has free time not dictated by naps) so I think she will do this for me.

1 comment:

  1. CJ,

    I agree with the statement that we don't "know" something until we "become." I see this with my kids and myself all the time in the most mundane of scenarios.

    For example, we don't really know something until we act it out. I'll give my kids a specific direction on how to do a chore properly, and one of them will say, "I already know that!" But will be lifting up the dustpan, sweeping the dust beneath it, not in it. "I already know I'm supposed to press the dustpan on the floor while I sweep the dust into it, I just don't do it?!" :)

    And the shoe finds itself on the other foot all too often when my kids catch me doing something I instruct them not to do, as in abusing the word "like" in common conversation with friends. Oh that wretched contaminant of the English language! Blech.

    Anyway, thanks for the great bit of inspiration to become one with integrity to live what we know--striving to learn this through education. When we truly do learn and understand, we have more natural desire to live and love the higher law.

    Thanks for the fun conversations today at the museum. Love you!
    -Em

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