I just got back from Girl's Camp, and what a wonderful time it was! There are so many things that I learned both from other people, and in my heart from the Spirit. I wish I could share everything I learned right now, but that would be a bit of an overload of information, so one of the things that hit me most was a 10 minute class on Knowledge.
I got to the class a little late, and as I walked up the teacher was sharing a scripture found in 2 Nephi 32:7
And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the aunbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the bstiffneckedness of men; for they will cnot search dknowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in eplainness, even as plain as word can be.
What a wonderful thing knowledge is! How we should seek after it! How we should find ways to learn something new every day! I know this is nothing new for you all, but I hope that it helps you look at your life, see the areas where you may be stagnant and try to improve there, constantly learning and growing, for that very purpose we are here on the earth! In the June Ensign was a talk given by Elder Douglas L. Callister. He spoke of becoming more refined. To take an exert directly from his talk he said:
"President Brigham Young (1801–77) said, “We are trying to be the image of those who live in heaven; we are trying to pat[t]ern after them, to look like them, to walk and talk like them.”1 I would like to peek behind the veil that temporarily separates us from our heavenly home and paint a word picture of the virtuous, lovely, and refined circumstances that exist there. I will speak of the language, literature, music, and art of heaven, as well as the immaculate appearance of heavenly beings, for I believe that in heaven we will find each of these in pure and perfected form."
We have such an amazing blessing to live in this time and age. We have so much technology and information at our fingertips, and how sad it is that we do not optimize that blessing. In the talk given at Girl's Camp she spoke of many different types of knowledge. The temporal as well as the spiritual. She challenged us to learn something new every day. Find ways to challenge ourselves whether it be in scripture study, learning a new craft (not necessarily a craft as in the cute things we put around our houses or scrapbook) or skill, or even opening up an old text book and reading something we had forgotten. As we thirst and search for knowledge Heavenly Father will be pleased with our efforts and He will bless us with an abundance of information and understanding. We just need to be constantly seeking out new things. I have re-dedicated myself to learning something new every day, and I hope you all will find joy in that as well.
If there is anything hvirtuous, ilovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.