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Treasure up knowledge

May 28, 2009
From Wilford Woodruff:
There is one thing I wish particularly to impress upon your minds, and that is, the importance of improving your time while young in treasuring up knowledge and learning those things which will be useful to you in life. I know from experience, and so do most parents, that the child cannot appreciate the worth of true intelligence, the importance of improving their time in storing up useful knowledge while they are young, as they will when they come to act upon the stage of life, become fathers and mothers, and feel the full force of the responsibilities of training up children.  Do not be discouraged because you cannot learn all at once; learn one thing at a time, learn it well, and treasure it up, then learn another truth and treasure that up, and in a few years you will have a great store of useful knowledge which will not only be a great blessing to yourselves and your children, but to your fellow men.

(G. Homer Durham, Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, 269)

I’m feeling that full force of responsibility of training up children!  And I’m still at the point where I want to learn it all at once!  But I’m trying to be content in continuing to learn one thing at a time and treasure it up.  Hopefully I have many more years in which to see my store of knowledge become great and what a blessing I hope it will be.
4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2009 8:27 am

    Wonderful, powerful quote. Thanks for sharing it.

    Also, just wanted to let you know that I admire how much you are teaching your boys. All the time and effort you put in shows, and they are so blessed for it (and will continue to be).

  2. May 29, 2009 8:48 am

    One of my favorite parenting and home-schooling quotes! It can really get overwhelming if you let it, which is particularly easy to do especially when planning out the next year. You are doing great! Those boys are very blessed to have such a wonderful mother who takes an interest in their learning.

  3. June 3, 2009 6:59 am

    Great reminder- I too, try to do everything at once.

  4. June 7, 2009 8:59 pm

    wonderful quote. thanks for sharing it. it reminds me of why i am doing this.

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