This was one of my favorite weeks of school. It seems to be getting a little bit easier as the days roll on. I am able to do my assignments faster and am feeling like my old study habits have collided with the new ones I have been learning and I have settled into a good routine.
In my General Studies class this week, the lesson was entitled "Lifelong Learning." That's what I really love about this class. It's not only teaching me how to be a good student while in school, but helping me to be a lifelong student of learning.
In an article by Henry B. Eyring, he stated 3 Attitudes of Lifelong Learners:
1. You are a child of God and as a child of God there is no limit to your potential learning. If you work hard enough and are faithful, you can become like Him and you can learn whatever He would have you learn.
We also learned about how to use media in a helpful and appropriate manner. In a talk entitled "Things As They Really Are", Elder David A. Bednar suggested that you ask yourself these two questions to evaluate the place that media has in your life.
1. Does (the media you are using) invite or impede the Holy Ghost?
Definitely gives you something to think about, right? I loved this talk the first time I heard Elder Bednar give it, but one quote really jumped out at me this time.
"To be encircled about in the arms of His (the Savior's) love will be a REAL and not a virtual experience."
In reference to how to use media in a helpful and appropriate manner, we read a talk given by M. Russell Ballard. In that talk he gave a lot of great advice, but what it came down to for me is what I have chosen as the title of this post.
Stand Firmly & Speak with Faith
This is my goal with my media use. I am not perfect at it, but I am trying. Sometimes frustration gets the best of me and I post silly videos like my "Let's all learn how to use a blinker" PSA. (Although that was just being helpful in a sarcastic way.) But overall, my intent is to spread goodness, love, kindness, and most of all, testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In my Religion class, we talked about the Creation, the Fall of Adam & Eve, and the Natural Man. Did you know that "the Fall" is probably one of the most misunderstood doctrines in Christianity? But in order for us to fully appreciate why we need a Savior, it is imperative that we understand the Fall.
Here's what the Holy Spirit taught me about the Fall of Adam & Eve this week.,,
*Some people say that Eve must not have been very smart because she was so easily "tricked" by Satan. I don't think this is the case at all. I think Adam and Eve were a lot like men and women are today. Eve was a "big picture" thinker. She was a planner- looking ahead- keeping the eternal perspective in mind. As she pondered all of the commandments God had given them, she realized that the only way to truly keep all of the commandments was to partake of the fruit. Satan's beguiling just helped her along the path to that discovery. I admire her for her courage and strength. On the flip side, Adam was just taking things one at a time. God told him what he needed to do and he was going to do everything in order, and probably one at a time; not by multi-tasking. (Remember, this is all the gospel according to Des and I have tried to explain it as I learned it.)
So why do we need a Savior?
Because of the Fall, we are subject to Satan unless we actively do something about it. Because of the Fall we became a lost and fallen people subject to death; therefore we need a mediator, a Savior, someone who can help us overcome that fallen state. That person is the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is only through Him that we will be able to overcome Satan. If we choose to follow Him, repent, and keep His commandments, we will have that chance for redemption that our Spirits long for.
So there you go. A week's worth of two classes in one (lengthy) blog post. I do have a lot more that was crammed into my brain, but either I am still processing it or my Nyquil has kicked in. (Feeling a cold coming on. Boo.) Either way, it is time for me to call it a night. Until next time...happy lifelong learning everyone!
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