Educating Zion

Educating Zion is a collection of essays and speeches about academic learning in a spiritual environment. Much of the emphasis is on church schools, Brigham Young University in particular, but much of it is applicable to the home education setting. The book is available from Amazon and Deseret Book. PDF links are provided below.



History of the Academy, Karl G. Maeser (Brigham Young Academy Founder’s Day, October 16, 1891)

Inaugural Address, Franklin S. Harris (BYU Presidential Inauguration of Franklin S. Harris, 1921)

The Church University, David O. McKay (BYU, 1937)

The Charted Course of the Church in Education, J. Reuben Clark Jr. (BYU Summer School, August 8, 1938)

The Calling of BYU, Ernest L. Wilkinson (BYU Faculty Workshop, September 18, 1962)

Climbing the Hills Just Ahead: Three Addresses, Spencer W. Kimball

  1. Education for Eternity (BYU Faculty Workshop, September 12, 1967)
  1. Second-Century Address (BYU Founder’s Day, October 10, 1975)
  1. Installation of and Charge to the President (BYU Presidential Inauguration of Jeffrey R. Holland, November 14, 1980)

An Eternal Quest—Freedom of the Mind, Hugh B. Brown (BYU, May 13, 1969)

Installation of and Charge to the President, Harold B. Lee (BYU Presidential Inauguration of Dallin H. Oaks, May 4, 1971)

Academic Responsibility, Robert K. Thomas (BYU Maeser Awards Assembly, April 27, 1971)

A House of Faith, Dallin H. Oaks (BYU Conference, 1977)

By Study and Also by Faith, Rex E. Lee (BYU, J. Reuben Clark Law School, 1982)

A School in Zion, Jeffrey R. Holland (BYU Conference, August 22, 1988)

Spiritual Orientation: Three Addresses, Boyd K. Packer

  1. The Edge of the Light (BYU Eighteen-Stake Fireside, March 4, 1990)
  1. “I Say unto You, Be One” (BYU Devotional, February 12, 1991)
  1. The Snow-White Birds (BYU Conference, August 29, 1995)

Discipleship and Scholarship, Neal A. Maxwell (FARMS Annual Banquet, September 27, 1991)

Our Sacred Trust: Two Addresses, Gordon B. Hinckley

  1. Trust and Accountability (BYU Devotional, October 13, 1992)
  1. What the Church Expects of Each of Us (BYU Devotional, October 17, 1995)

The Dream Is Ours to Fulfill, Bruce C. Hafen (BYU Conference, 1992)

Learning in Zion: Two Addresses, Merrill J. Bateman

  1. Secular Learning in a Spiritual Environment (Laying the Foundations Symposium, March 8, 1993)
  1. A Zion University (BYU Devotional, January 9, 1996)