there is opportunity to get both simultaneously” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball,
ed.Edward L. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, p. 390).
I have found this last statement to be true in my own life. As I have spent many hours inindependent study at home reading history and many other topics, I have found that mytestimony of the gospel has been strengthened. It has reaffirmed the miracle and truth of theBook of Mormon and the urgency that exists for us to share the Good News of Christ.The prophets have told us that how we study makes a difference. It is important that when westudy spiritual matters that we do so with focus. Richard G. Scott shared this in 1993:
“As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles. Carefully separate them from the detail used to explain them. Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a widevariety of circumstances. A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusingand compelling circumstances.”
There are other benefits to knowledge that extend past this world: Doctrine and CovenantsSection 130 verse 19 says:
And if a person
knowledge and intelligence in this
through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.
So how can this be an advantage? Why would having knowledge give us a leg up after we die?Let’simagine you are in a room. In this room is your father and your grandfather. Also presentis your great grandfather, and his father. In fact, in this room is every generation of yourfathers going back to the time of Christ. How many people do you think are in the room? Youwould be in a group of about 90 people. This group would represent about 5000 years of yourfamily’s life experience spent over 2000 years of history. Some of the people in your roomwould be wearing pioneer clothes, others could be adorned in tritip hats, others might bewearing the knights uniform of a Crusader, or Viking a helmet, or togas, or even crowns of authority. Nevertheless, everyone in this room is your direct blood relative. If you could askthem anything, what would it be? Since you have the full Gospel of Jesus Christ, what is it doyou think they would ask of you? Are you prepared to answer their questions? Whateverspiritual knowledge we take with us when we die will be put to use in the hereafter.Meanwhile, we still have to live our lives in the present day. The need for spiritual and secularknowledge by members of the Church today is a dire necessity. Joseph Fielding Smith madethis statement over 50 years ago: