Time to Apply

Do you “practice” applying with your children? Researcher have found that many public school classrooms spend very little to no time teaching children how to APPLY what they have learned. Nor do they give them time to learn the skill, they quickly move on to the next topic in order to “get it all in.” Homeschoolers are better at allowing children to APPLY their learning.

There are two types of application or ways to transfer your knowledge to an actual skill. Many scholars call this “transfer.”

The first type is “near” transfer which is focused on learning in one area are more easily applied to similar situation. For example learning to drive a car can be applied to learning to drive a truck. Or learning to write an essay can help you write for a newspaper.

The second type is far application (transfer). This is when use our judgement in applying skills and knowledge we have from one context to a substantially different one. For example applying the skill you learned in playing chess to running for a political office or being a CEO. Or watching steam come out of a pot and relate it to a steam engine.

Understanding these two types of application can help you teach your children learn to apply what they learn to real life situations. Plus, it helps them develop their brain to be able to apply the knowledge God gives them to improve their life and their joy.

How Do You DISCOVER Principles?

Principles are discovered NOT created or invented. Do you know how to discover them?

There are two types of principles, causal and sequential. Causal principles are principles that cause change. They usually have multiple causes and/or multiple effects. Sequential principles follow a sequence of natural events.

Causal principles are discovered by looking for cause-and-effect relationships between two or more changes. You do this by analyzing the actions, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals or groups, and identifying the blessings or consequences that came as a result. Here is how:

Discover Causal Principles by: 

      1. Choose a whole concept from an inspiring story, poem, talk, piece of art, music, etc. something filled with light and truth and touches the HEART. Research the context around the concept.
      2. Discover the FACTS by asking questions like, 
        • “What is the moral or point of the story?” 
        • “Why do you think the writer included these events or passages?” 
        • “What did the author intend for us to learn?” 
        • “What are some of the fundamental truths taught?” 
        • “What does God want me to understand about this?”
        • “Is there any consequences/blessing to an action or behavior?” “If so, what?”
      3. Write a clear, believable, simple, “if-then” or cause and effect statement of principle. For example, “If I keep the commandments of the Lord, he will prosper me in the land.” This helps us UNDERSTAND the message the Lord desires us to discover. 

In the Marriage manual we read, “In a religious principle the if part is a statement of general counsel from the Lord. The then part is the promised results of obeying or disobeying that counsel. God determines the then part according to His wisdom.”

More examples include:

“If we choose to obey the Lord, He will be with us” (Shadrach , Meshach  & Abednego  in the furnace)

“When we make and keep covenants with the Lord, He permits us to enter His Holy house.”

      1. Ask yourself, “How does this principle APPLY to my life?” Make connections between this principle and your life. If this principle speaks to your SPIRIT, choose an action and commit to do it. 

Sequential principles follow a sequence of natural events. It is a relationship between two or more changes in which one change does not cause the next, it just naturally precedes it. Don’t get confused with a procedure which is a sequence of actions performed by a person. The growth of a plant follows sequential principles. Following a recipe is a procedure.

Sequential principles may be linear (with a beginning and an end) or cyclical (with no beginning or end).

Cyclical principles are sequential principle of natural events that repeat the same pattern, they have no beginning or end. An example is a seed grows into a plant, into a flower into more seeds and continues the cycle or the life cycle of a frog or our circulatory system.

Another type of cycle is an Agency Cycle or the Pride Cycle, these are cycles you can change, stop or “jump off” by the choices you make.

Linear principles are sequential principle of natural events that do not repeat, they have a beginning and an end. An example would be the history of the earth or the Plan of Salvation. One event does not “cause” the other, it naturally occurs.

Discover Sequential Principles by: 

      1. Looking for natural patterns, things that happen one after another naturally. Things that make a logical progression, that are natural links.
      2. Looking for patterns that come after or before each other 
      3. Write out their order in a cycle or a line.
      1. Ask yourself, “How does this principle APPLY to my life?” Make connections between this principle and your life. If this principle speaks to your SPIRIT, choose an action and commit to do it. 


Teaching with principles is far more effective than teaching with procedure or concepts. For more see, The Principle Effect at CalledtoLearn.com/principle

What Motivates you?

There are days I am up and ready to go, I have purpose and a mission and I accomplish a lot. Then there are days I sit in bed wondering what it was I was going to do today. This rollercoaster ride has sent me on a journey to find out what motivate me or anyone for that matter.

I discovered what I believe to be a shocking answer.

I had often heard that you have to know your “why” before you can know “how” to get the things you want done done. I’ve also heard that saying your prayers and reading your scriptures gives you motivation. These have been sources of peace, but I also spent several years reading and praying constantly and still feeling depressed and unmotivated and terribly confused. “I’m doing everything I know how to do and nothing is working,” became my mantra.

Recently I was reading in the book, “Motivation Manifesto” by Brendon Burchard. In the chapter on personal freedom he brought up an interesting idea. “Personal freedom is more than just being free from pain – it is about being free to live, to truly enjoy and expand in life. It is not merely freedom from bad things that limit us, but freedom to experience good things that awaken us.”

Whoa, “what?” Personal freedom is giving myself permission to experience good things that will awaken me?

What a new concept, a new definition of personal freedom. Brendon goes on to ask this question, “could it be that this Personal Freedom, is the main motivation of mankind … so that we can genuinely express ourselves and provide more opportunities to those we love?”

Yes, that is what I want. The next question enters my mind, “What is it that awakens me?” Many years of my life I couldn’t answer that question, but today, today I can. I have many things that awaken, excite and yes, truly motivate me. On those days I sit in bed wondering what it was I was going to do today, I focus my mind on things that “awaken” me and I begin to find the energy to complete all the tasks necessary so I can study the stars, or do any of the other things that awaken me. 

Do you believe that personal freedom is the main motivation of mankind?

What is it that awakens you?

What are the declarations in the Declaration of Independence?

“What is a declaration?” my son asked. It was a perfect segway into the study of the Declaration of Independence. After reading and having a discussion we came up with three principle declarations:

  1. All men are created equal and have God-given rights
  2. We have the right to fight against tyranny and anyone who tries to take away those God-given rights.
  3. We have the right to work together and “pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” to protect those God-given rights.

When the Founding Fathers discovered these higher principles they declared, “These truths are monumental discoveries.

What monumental discoveries are we seeking for today? What declarations are we teaching? Are we preaching what we practice?

With Increasing Light and Learning,

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