Create an atmosphere of learning
I’ve always loved President Hinckley’s story of the home library his parents created for their family. It has been my inspiration as I’ve tried to fill our home with good books and great ideas which contribute to a learning atmosphere (emphasis is mine):
“When I was a boy we lived in a large old house. One room was called the library. It had a solid table and a good lamp, three or four comfortable chairs with good light, and books in cases that lined the walls. There were many volumes—the acquisitions of my father and mother over a period of many years.
We were never forced to read them, but they were placed where they were handy and where we could get at them whenever we wished….
There were books of history and literature, books on technical subjects, dictionaries, a set of encyclopedias, and an atlas of the world….we were exposed to great literature, great ideas from great thinkers, and the language of men and women who thought deeply and wrote beautifully….
Begin early in exposing children to books. The mother who fails to read to her small children does a disservice to them and a disservice to herself. It takes time, yes, much of it. It takes self-discipline. It takes organizing and budgeting the minutes and hours of the day. But it will never be a bore as you watch young minds come to know characters, expressions, and ideas. Good reading can become a love affair, far more fruitful in long term effects than many other activities in which children use their time…
Parents, work at the matter of creating an atmosphere in your homes. Let your children be exposed to great minds, great ideas, everlasting truth, and those things which will build and motivate for good.
The Lord has said to this people, “Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” (D&C 88:118.) I wish to urge every parent within the sound of my voice to try to create within your home an atmosphere of learning and the growth which will come of it.
“The Environment of Our Homes,” Ensign, June 1985