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"The Glory of God is Intelligence"

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If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth to all me liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him. James 1:5

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matt. 5:6

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"Not all knowledge has the same worth - nor are all truths equally valuable. The truths upon which our eternal salvation rests are the most crucial truths that we must learn. . . The most essential knowledge for you to obtain is the saving knowledge of the gospel and its author - even Jesus Christ." (President Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, page 295).

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Even when the experts all agree, they may well be wrong.      Bertrand Russell

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All truth comes from God. Truth is not man made.

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"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei

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The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.      Albert Einstein

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Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.    Winston Churchill

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"It [matter] is brought together, organized, and capacitated to receive knowledge and intelligence, to be enthroned in glory, to be made angels, Gods--beings who will hold control over the elements, and have power by their word to command the creation and redemption of worlds, or to extinguish suns by their breath and disorganize worlds, hurling them back into their chaotic state. This is what you and I are created for."

--Brigham Young, July 19, 187

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Knowledge of God is the greatest treasure. Of all treasures of knowledge, the most vital is the knowledge of God: his existence, powers, love, and promises. (68-11)

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It is the part of wisdom to acknowledge and experience that there is an unseen source of power and truth. Many have already come to the profound realization that man does not stand alone. They have learned that there are "hidden treasures of knowledge" for him who asks in faith, nothing wavering (see D&C 89:19). Such has been the fervent declaration of the world's truly great leaders in all ages of recorded history. (Ezra Taft Benson, The Red Carpet, p. 294.)

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The designs of peaceful people everywhere are always accomplished by those of great faith--faith in God; faith in what man can do through his God-given freedom; faith that, with God's blessing, justice will ultimately prevail; faith in the future of this choice land. (Ezra Taft Benson, The Red Carpet, p. 288.)

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Object Lessons:

Parachutes -- only work when they are open.

Growth Chart - Our knowledge should always be growing

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He Ate and Drank the Precious Words

by Emily Dickinson

He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He know no more that he was poor,
Nor that His frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings.

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He Who Knows Not
Persian Proverb
He who knows not and knows not that he knows not
        Is a fool -- shun him.
He who knows not and knows that he knows not
        Is simple -- teach him.
He who knows and knows not that he knows
        Is asleep -- awaken him.
He who knows and knows that he knows
        Is wise -- follow him.

The above proverb is very common and because of this we tend to hear it more for the familiarity than for the meaning.   But this proverb is really very profound; you point out people who do know and know that they know such as the apostles and prophets.  Often their parents are giving them very sound advice and they don't want to follow that sound advice.

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I am reminded of an article I read some years ago about a group of men who had gone to the jungles to capture monkeys. They tried a number of different things to catch the monkeys, including nets. But finding that the nets could injure such small creatures, they finally cam upon an ingenious solution. They built a large number of small boxes, and in the top of each they bored a hole just large enough for a monkey to get his hand into. They then set these boxes out under the trees and in each one they put a nut that the monkeys were particularly fond of.

When the men left, the monkeys began to come down from the trees and examine the boxes. Finding that there were nuts to be had, they reached into the boxes to get them. But when a monkey would try to withdraw his hand with the nut, he could not get his hand out of the box because his little fist, with the nut inside, was now too large.

At about this time, the men would come out of the underbrush and converge on the monkeys. And the men coming, they would shriek and scramble about with the thought of escaping; but as easy as it would have been, they would not let go of the nut so that they could withdraw their hands from the boxes and thus escape. The men captured them easily.

And so it often seems to be with people, having such a firm grasp on things of the world -- that which is telestial -- that no amount of urging and no degree of emergency can persuade them to let go in favor of that which is celestial. Satan gets them in his grip easily. If we insist on spending all our time and resources building up for ourselves in worldly kingdom, that is exactly what we will inherit.

In spite of our delight in defining ourselves as modern, and our tendency to think we possess a sophistication that no people in the past ever had -- in spite of these things, we are, on the whole, an idolatrous people -- a condition most repugnant to the Lord.

. . . It may seem a little difficult at first, but when a person begins to catch a vision of the true work when he begins to see something of eternity in its true perspective, the blessings begin to far outweigh true perspective, the blessings begin to far outweigh the cost of leaving "the world" behind.

Herein lies the only true happiness, and therefore we invite and welcome all men, everywhere, to join in this work. For those who are determined to serve the Lord at all costs, this is the way to eternal life. All else is but a means to that end.

President Spencer W. Kimball, "The False Gods We Worship," Ensign, June 1976, First Presidency Message, pages 5 and 6.

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My mother never let me help much in the kitchen.  As a result, my cooking ability was practically non-existent when I got married.  But, I did remember mother mentioning to her friends that she did make cakes, pies and other things from scratch.  So my first priority after the honeymoon, was to locate some scratch.

With mother's delicious cakes in mind, my first trip to the supermarket was to buy some scratch.  I found the aisle that read -- Baking Items.   I spent a good 15 minutes looking at everything from vegetable oil, sugar, flour and chocolate without seeing a sign of scratch.  I was sure it wouldn't be with the pickles or the meat.   I asked the clerk if they carried scratch.  He looked at me funny and finally said, "You'll have to go to the store on the corner."

When I got there, it turned out to be a feed store.  I thought it rather strange, but I decided cakes were food.  "Do you have scratch?" I asked the clerk.

He asked me how much I wanted.  I suggested a pound or two.  His reply was, "How many chickens do you have?  It only comes in 20 pound bags."

I really didn't understand why he mentioned chickens, but I had heard mother say she made chicken casserole from scratch.  So, I bought 20 pounds and hurried home.

My next problem was to find a recipe calling for scratch.  I went through every single page of my lovely "Better Homes and Gardens" cookbook  -- a wedding gift.  I looked and looked for a recipe using scratch. There I was with 20 pounds and no recipe.

When I opened the scratch, I had doubts that a beautiful, fluffy cake would ever result from such a hard looking ingredient.  I hoped with the addition of liquids and heat the result would be successful.  I had no need to mention my problem to my new husband.  He had suggested very early in our marriage that he liked to cook and would gladly take over anytime.  One day he made a pie and when I told him how good it was, he said that he made it from scratch.  That assured me that it could be done.

Being a new bride is scary and when I found out he made pies, cakes, and even lemon pudding from scratch . . . . well, if he made all those things from scratch, I was sure he had bought a 20 pound bag of scratch also.  But, I couldn't find where he stored it, and I checked my supply.  It was still full!  At this point I was ready to give up because all the people knew about scratch except me.

I decided to try a different approach.  One day when my husband was not doing anything, I said, "Honey, I wish you'd bake a cake."  He got out the flour, sugar, eggs, milk and shortening.  But, not a sign of scratch.  I watched him blend it together, pour it into a pan and slide it into the oven to bake.  An hour later, as we were eating the cake, I looked at him and smiled and said, "Honey, why don't we raise a few chickens?"

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Old wives tales game


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