We offer a selection of scriptures and quotes from General Conference and other writings of the Brethren to assist families in understanding the role of teaching and learning in God’s plan for His children. The list is somewhat lengthy, because the scriptures have a great deal to say about teaching, learning, and the responsibilities of parents, and this has been a theme that the Brethren have taken up frequently. We have not tried to make this list comprehensive, however, if you know of an excellent passage of scripture, talk, or quote that we have missed, feel free to submit it via the contact form.
Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul…
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?
Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path…
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Learn to do well; seek judgement, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Sound speech, that cannot be condemned…
For I, Nephi, have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews; for their works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations.
–2 Nephi 25:2
…and they shall teach with their learning, and deny the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance.
And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today… Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark.
–2 Nephi 28:4-5,9
Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—
And it came to pass that he had three sons… And he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his fathers, that thereby they might become men of understanding; and that they might know concerning the prophecies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers, which were delivered them by the hand of the Lord.
And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness. But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.
…trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments.
But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.
Ammon said unto him: I am a man; and man in the beginning was created after the image of God, and I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this people, that they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true.
Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.
…yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.
And they were taught to walk humbly before the Lord; and they were also taught from on high. … And it came to pass that Orihah did walk humbly before the Lord, and did remember how great things the Lord had done for his father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had done for their fathers.
For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may teach the word of wisdom; And to another, that he may teach the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.
(Passages from the Doctrine & Covenants coming soon)
Where is Wisdom, Elder Russell M. Nelson(12), October Conference 1992
Moral and Spiritual Values in Education, President David O. McKay, April Conference 1968
Seek Ye Wisdom, Elder Lowell L Bennion, April Conference 1968
More coming soon.