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Elder Nelson: 'Education — a religious responsibility'

At a BYU-Idaho devotional Jan. 26, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve emphatically extolled the virtues and blessings of obtaining higher education, noting that by seeking advanced learning students not only prepare themselves for a career but for eternity as well.

"Please be true to yourself," Elder Nelson said. "Honor — yes, even demand — highest expectations from yourself. Pursue your education as a priority of the highest order. Gain all the education you can. With us as Latter-day Saints, education is a religious responsibility. 'The glory of God is intelligence' (Doctrine and Covenants 93:36). Your personal intelligence — your personal identity — is everlasting and divine (see Doctrine and Covenants 93:29)."

Seek education

According to Elder Nelson, students may experience their "own scholastic Sacred Grove equivalent," a moment of resolution to avidly obtain and absorb higher education. He reached back across several decades to share with students his own epiphany, the time he made a promise to himself to pursue a specific vocation.

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