At a BYU-Idaho devotional Jan. 26, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum

of the Twelve emphatically extolled the virtues and blessings of obtaining

higher education, noting that by seeking advanced learning students not

only prepare themselves for a career but for eternity as well.

"Please be true to yourself," Elder Nelson said. "Honor — yes,

even demand — highest expectations from yourself. Pursue your

education as a priority of the highest order. Gain all the education you

can. With us as Latter-day Saints, education is a religious responsibility.

'The glory of God is intelligence' (Doctrine and Covenants 93:36). Your

personal intelligence — your personal identity — is everlasting

and divine (see Doctrine and Covenants 93:29)."According to Elder Nelson, students may experience their "own scholastic

Sacred Grove equivalent," a moment of resolution to avidly obtain and

absorb higher education. He reached back across several decades to share

with students his own epiphany, the time he made a promise to himself to

pursue a specific vocation.

"Many years ago, as an untrained teenager, I secured temporary

employment at Christmastime," he recalled. "The work was dull, repetitive

and monotonous. Each hour of the day passed slowly. I resolved then and

there that I would obtain an education that would qualify me for more

meaningful work in my life. I determined that I would become a doctor of

medicine."

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