By Study and Also By Faith

An LDS (Mormon) blog representing a search for knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have. (2 Nephi 28:30)
And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. (Mosiah 2:17)
And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. (Mosiah 4:27)
And as all have not faith, 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. (Doctrine & Covenants 88:118)
Let him that is ignorant learn wisdom by humbling himself and calling upon the Lord his God, that his eyes may be opened that he may see, and his ears opened that he may hear;
For my Spirit is sent forth into the world to enlighten the humble and contrite, and to the condemnation of the ungodly. (
Doctrine & Covenants 136:32-33)

These are just a few of my favorite scriptures on wisdom. They encourage me because they teach that we can become more wise than we are by being humble, calling on the Lord, and learning a step at a time. We don't have to go faster than we are able to go, but we must persist in our efforts. Wisdom implies applying what we learn--putting it into action. Sometimes that is hard to do, but when something is difficult, so much the greater our growth and improvement in accomplishing it.

What's your take on wisdom?



Anonymous Barb said...

The older I get the more I understand what is meant about getting more wise as you age. :)

5:29 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

:D Experience certainly adds to one's store of wisdom, doesn't it?!

6:07 PM  
Blogger T. F. Stern said...

My folks always remind me of another saying, "Everyone gets older, not everyone gets wiser."

A sister from our Ward gave a great talk a long time ago where she asked how many times she was going to take Attitude 101, getting us to adjust our attitudes, to become humble like a little child is great wisdom.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

T.F., I think your parents were right about that saying! Some of us, and I include myself, are slow learners, if we learn at all. That's probably why I have to take Attitude 101 over and over again. It's important, though, that we overcome ourselves and become humble and teachable, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Thankfully, the scriptures and our prophets and apostles teach us how. All we have to do is learn and put into action what we learn.

Thanks for stopping by!

7:34 AM  

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