7 Reasons to Continue Your Education
#1: The Lord knows you should.
Today’s job market is hard to get into. It’s competitive, so you need to keep up with changing technology. By going to school, you’ll be able to contribute more to the Church with your time, skills, and offerings. School can improve your life, your marriage, and your children’s lives. School helps you serve in the community and the world.
#2: You are a child of God with talents from before you were born.
You should develop the talents you came to Earth with. Use your patriarchal blessing to connect your past, present and future. Live the commandments, pray, and think about what your gifts are.
#3: Make a difference.
The most successful people are often the ones who want to make a difference for others. Any honest work fits.
#4: Live up to your potential.
You need new opportunities to become what Heavenly Father knows you can be. School can help give that to you. What do you want your future to look like? What kind (and how much) school do you need to make that happen?
#5: Personal Growth and Self-Respect.
When you respect who you are and what you’re becoming, you’ll go farther in every area of life. The Light of Christ and the Gift of the Holy Ghost help us feel good when we have righteous desires, like wanting to help others.
But we lose self respect when we compare ourselves to others. We gain self respect when we compare ourselves to what the Lord expects. Do better and go farther with the right kind of comparing. You’ll find the “real you.”
#6: New World of Work.
Jobs today require more preparation than ever. The competition is tough. The best jobs require more school, and often that workers keep learning. A good wage requires that. Getting raises and promotions used to come from being at a company long enough. Now they go to the person with the proper education.
#7: Other Benefits:
What you do away from work is just as important as your job. Schooling is like a job. If you have outside activities, you’ll probably do better in school. This is one reason why applications ask for a list of your other activities.
Activities away from work can make your life at work better. Your school plan needs to consider all areas of your life. As you decide what education you need, think about every area of your life. Keep them in balance so you can have long-term success.
President Hinckley said, “The world will in large measure pay you what it thinks you are worth, and your worth will increase as you gain education and proficiency in your chosen field. … The Lord wants you to educate your mind and your heart. Your parents want you to educate your mind and your heart. Become a workman, I don’t care about the field you choose, but become a workman of integrity in the world that lies ahead of you.”
“The Lord and His Church have always encouraged education to increase our ability to serve Him and our Heavenly Father’s children. For each of us, whatever our talents, He has service for us to give. And to do it well always involves learning, not once or for a limited time, but continually.”
—President Henry B. Eyring
“Our Creator expects His children everywhere to gain an education as a personal endeavor. He issued this commandment: “Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118; emphasis added). When you leave this frail existence, your material possessions will remain here, but the Lord has declared that the knowledge you acquire here will rise with you in the resurrection (see D&C 130:18–19). In light of this celestial perspective, if you impulsively drop out or otherwise cut short your education, you would not only disregard a divine decree but also abbreviate your own eternal potential.”
—Elder Russell M. Nelson