How did Jesus learn? We are learning how he taught with the Sunday School class, “Teaching the Savior’s Way.” While attending that class I had the thought, “How did Jesus learn?” The first thing that came to mind was that he “continued from grace to grace until he received a fullness.” (D&C 93:13) What does “grace to grace” mean? Are there other ways Jesus learns?
Here are a few ways:
He “continued from grace to grace, until he received a fullness.” (D&C 93:13)
Jesus Christ learned “obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8)
Jesus learned a little at a time: “It is not wisdom that we should have all knowledge at once presented before us; but that we should have a little at a time; then we can comprehend it” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, 268). And I, John, saw that [Jesus] received not of the fullness at the first, but received grace for grace (D&C 93:12)
He sought “learning even by study and also by faith” (D&C 109:7)
Jesus learned and grew in grace and in the knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18)
He was proven to see if he would all everything commanded him (Abraham 3:25)
He experienced and worked through the struggle, sorrow, and joys which improved his learning ability. (Moses 4:22-23)
Jesus was taught by both his earthly and heavenly father! (he was homeschooled and learned several languages)
He endured through hardships: He “endure it well” (D&C 121:8) and “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.” (D&C 122:7)
- He was motivated to learn because of his love for Father
How do you learn? Is it the same way Jesus learned? Are you helping your children learn in this manner?
What comes to mind when you hear “Lighten Up?” I’m not using this term in the sense that someone is placing too much emphasis on a trivial matter or has their priorities out of whack. I’m using it in reference to:
Jesus is the LIGHT of the World. Look up to Christ and bask in his sonlight.
Homeschooling our children is a big deal. It deserves heartfelt attention. If we try to do it in our own strength, we may become “too tense.” We need to give our efforts “a rest.” If we feel called to teach our children, and we are, then we need to “Lighten Up!” that calling with the idea that it’s not a chore, but a blessing, a gift Christ is giving us.
Satan wants to steal, cheat and lie. Don’t listen to him. He doesn’t want our children to learn God’s Glory. If he can worm his way in with doubts, comparisons, and reminders of past mistakes, this can cloud our attitude. Don’t let him.
Over the next few weeks in this blog, on our video podcasts, and in a live class, I will be teaching ways to “Lighten Up!” and give our efforts “a rest” and allow God to be the teacher for both you and your children. I hope you will join me.
It is fun to see a child understand a new concept, but it is more rewarding to see them make connections to heaven and increase their spiritual education. Joseph Smith said, “There is no knowledge, no learning that can compensate the individual for the loss of his belief in heaven and in the saving principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An education that leads a man from these central truths cannot compensate him for the great loss of spiritual things.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:321-322.)
Keeping this in mind I taught my children with a visual aid of a tree.
Parley P. Pratt in his book, Key to the Science of Theology, said, “All that is useful, great and good, all that is calculated to sustain, comfort, instruct, edify, purify, refine or exalt intelligences, originated by this science [of Theology] and this science alone, all other sciences being but branches growing out of this root.”
I drew a tree with a large trunk and eight branches. I taught them that all learning “grows out” of Theology, the study and belief in God. We then labeled the trunk Theology and each of the branches a different subject of learning. I then asked them what they thought the roots could represent. After much discussion we came to the conclusion that the roots represented correct principles of the gospel, the word and laws of God.
Over the next fifteen years this concept has grown tremendously in our home. We even commissioned an artist, my mom, to paint us a friendly tree with eight branches that hangs in our living room.
Over the next several months we are dedicating our live video podcasts to sharing with you what we have learned from this experience in hopes that it will assist you in your homes.
What is your lot in life?
Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do? Why you? I do.
I have a friend suffering with stage 4 cancer and fighting for her life. I keep asking myself why her, why now, why does she have to suffer so much? Is it really her lot in life?
I decided I’d look up the word ‘lot‘ and find out what that meant. Of course, I turned to the 1828 dictionary and read “that which is the determination of providence; the part…that falls to one by divine determination.” What is providence then? Providence is “the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures.” I actually find comfort in that. My friends cancer is providence, a lesson God is teaching her and all the rest of us a lesson that will bring us closer to him. Our job is to find that lesson and grow from it even though it is painful.
I’ve noticed that there are not many movies, books or music that refers to providence as there use to be in the early 1900’s. My daughter and I just watched all the Anne of Green Gable movies over the Christmas vacation. They are filled with the belief in God, that his hand of providence is guiding them. Why doesn’t the world acknowledge and trust in God any more?
I am reminded of the two examples from the Book of Mormon about 200 B.C. One, Amulon is given permission to teach the Lamanites how to read and write in the Nephite language (see Mosiah 24:1). Alma taught the new converts how to read and write too, but he added the reverence of God within his teachings. The consequences are drastically different! They both began to flourish, opportunities were opened up, both increased in riches and wisdom. The Nephites “did multiply and prosper exceedingly in the land” and “they built a city” (Mosiah 23:20) and “Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.” (Mosiah 24:15) On the other hand, the Lamanites delighted in wickedness and plundering (Mosiah 24:7).
So, back to my other question. Why don’t I teach, write, acknowledge and trust more in providence? Why don’t I only entrust teachers of my children who teach providence? Do I not want the results of my children bearing their burden with ease? Be cheerful? Have patience? To prosper and build cities?
I know you are the choir and that you teach about God’s hand throughout all of history, literature, time, music, etc. I am re-committing myself to do better at finding, pointing out and seeking for Providence, evidence of God’s hand in all the details of learning so that my ‘lot’ in life will be one filled with the awareness of Christ’s hand in the little things, in all things.
You miss a lot when you don’t believe
little things mean a lot.