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Be Honest With Yourself: A Religion Worth Learning

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 08, 2011

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From 1961 —

A Religion Worth Learning

How much do you know about your religion?

What can it do for you? What is it worth in study and service?

Education for this life only we take for granted. We go to school as a matter of course to learn about science, history, art – and to learn how to earn a bigger dollar.

Who wants to be ignorant? Who wants to be poor?

This is a day for exploring the universe, for splitting the atom, for exposing fallacies, for finding out facts.

Yes, we live in an age of enlightenment, in a day of intelligent progress and discovery.

All this is good – but it’s not enough! For millions now living and learning, today leaves religion out of our lives.

How much of your time does religion get? What does it deserve?

True religion is the history, the science, and the art of the whole life of man – past, present, to come. It is true because it is revealed, not fashioned by speculation. It teaches, tests, and prepares each of us for life here and life eternal. It gives us faith to follow inspired leaders. It teaches laws of health that we may run and not be weary. It reveals things unseen and facts untaught in ordinary textbooks and laboratories.

It is knowledge. It is power. It is tested truth – the truth that makes you free.




  1. Interesting post…raises thoughts about how many of us (Mormons) really study the gospel? I know many times I get blank looks when I teach in Sunday School or Priesthood and ask questions on gospel subjects that most of those in the ward who have been members for years ought to know…maybe it is me asking the question incorrectly, I don’t know.

    Comment by Cliff — February 8, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

  2. Cliff, not that you need or asked for help, but this is something that I suddenly realized while teaching this past Sunday: I plan my questions ahead of time, to the point of actually typing them out. I don’t read my notes as a script, but having forced myself to find the words to put on paper, I find that my oral wording of questions is smoother and more targeted.

    What I realized this week is that I *always* get better answers to those questions when I have also taken the time to type out a possible answer. I think that’s because answering the question forces me to frame the question better. If I were to ask “So how does this affect our obligation to such-and-such?” or “What examples from our culture might illustrate thus-and-such?” and I haven’t answered the question privately to myself, then chances are good that the question is too vague or convoluted for anybody else to answer.

    Maybe that has nothing to do with your situation. It’s my most recent inspiration to sharpen my teaching, though, so it’s on my mind.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 8, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

  3. I have the same problem while teaching gospel doctrine in my YSA ward. Thanks Ardis for the suggestion about writing the questions and answering before hand. I’ll try it this week to see if it improves class discussions. Here’s hoping!

    Comment by michnellelurv — February 9, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

  4. I’ll be interested in hearing of your experiences, michnellelurv. Comment here again if you think of it.

    And maybe I should clarify that I wouldn’t expect my prepared answer to be the only one, or the only acceptable one (I hate it when teachers play guessing games to get to the answer they have in mind). I only mean that if I can provide myself with *an* answer, then the question is coherent enough to be answered, even if the answer is very different from mine.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 9, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

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