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Intelligence vs knowledge vs Education vs Learning

“The biggest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” Daniel J. Boorst

“The glory of God is intelligence or in other words light and truth.” D&C 93:36

“Knowledge through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the grand key that unlocks the glories and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.” TPJS pg. 298

  • Knowledge (acknowledge or recognize) Acquire
  • Intelligence
  • IQ
  • Information
  • Learning
  • Wisdom
  • Facts
  • Education
  • Understand
How to acquire
  • Media (books, blogs, social media, social circles, magazines, etc.)
  • Experience (personal)
  • Science (others experiments and experiences)
  • Education (we must all get our own Gospel PhD)
  • Revelation (mind, heart, visitation, dream, confirmation)
    • The powers of and intelligence from heaven are only controlled and handled on principles of righteousness. DC
    • Can’t compare to or acquire the same as worldly knowledge
    • People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
  • False, farse, foreign, misleading, misguided, misinformed. Ignorant or ill-intentioned (Corihor, Sherem ) the result is the same.
  • Beware of false prophets and information
    • Even very elect will be deceived
  • Sealed portion of BOM.
  • Made up papers about JS. Recanted later after damage was done.
  • “Almost thou convinceth me to be a Christian.” King Agrippa. Did Paul forget the closing line or sentence to seal the deal?
  • “The false Gods we worship” spencer kimball
  • Politics today. My ignorance is greater than your knowledge. Fredrick Bastiat. Peter Maxwell.
  • Nazis burning books
  • China limiting Internet
  • Christian churches and countries limiting access to Bible
  • Pleasing unto man or God.
  • “If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows — the only food that any possible universe ever can grow — then we must starve eternally.” C.S. Lewis
  • Go to the source instead of drinking down stream.
How to Test (against truth, avoid deception)
  • By their fruits ye shall know them
  • Alter of Bala burning
  • Added knowledge of spiritual things follows better behavior… We’ll be able to see afar off” Time. The precious promise 3:15
  • See through a glass darkly. For the time being
  • Knowledge is not included in the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel see articles of faith.
Types of Intelligences
  • IQ – Intelligence quotient
  • EQ – emotional intelligence
  • SQ – spiritual intelligence
  • MQ – moral intelligence
  • XQ – Excellence quotient – intelligence
  • “It is impossible for man to be saved in ignorance.” DC 131:6.
  • “There is no salvation without knowledge. Grace cannot make up for a lack of knowledge… He doesn’t bring us into his kingdom in a depraved condition… He accepts us by making us acceptable.” The Redeemer pg. 236. The suffering servant by Truman G. Madsen
    • The Lords Lexicon – seep into our souls. Not the worlds way of marketing to man.
    • See Spiritual spell checker note
  • Paul said, “the world by wisdom know not God,” so the world by speculation are destitute of revelation; and as God in his superior wisdom, has always given his Saints, wherever he had any on the earth, the same spirit, and that spirit, as John says, is the true spirit of prophecy, which is the testimony of Jesus.” TPJS Meaning of the word Mormon
  • Knowledge saves but it’s not the main purpose of mortal life (think infants and infirmities). We are called to walk by faith not by sight ( knowledge ).
  • Our knowledge increases in proportion to our faith, or obedience to light and truth.
  • “The glory of God is (the growth of) intelligence.” Parleys, Granite Tabernacle.
  • Don’t ask what you’ll do for it, rather what you’ll do with it once you have it. Truman g. Madsen
  • “Gaining knowledge is a sacred activity…One prerequisite that would speed our learning: personal worthiness… We are preoccupied with behavior and consider personal worthiness an essential ingredient to our educational enterprise…. the responsibility is ours to cleanse ourselves…” Dallin H. Oaks “A House of Faith”
    • D&C 88 – “prepare yourselves and sanctify yourselves…”
    • “The Redeemer” pg. 45
  • Putting Words to Truth
    • You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. – Ayn Rand
      • You can ignore truth, but you cannot ignore the (eternal) consequences of ignoring truth – saw
      • “What would happen if a person were to take poison unknowingly?” Spiritual Roots pg. 162
    • People are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.
      • people are entitled to their own choices, but not their own outcome.
  • Put your money in your mind and you’ll get the best return.  Thomas Jefferson
  • The revelation to Noah was only used or applicable once. What else?
  • We must all get a gospel PhD
  • Connection between intelligence and conversion or conforming to… Or worship
  • We are always influenced by information without seeking it out; media, social, etc. So we should decide what it is. Act, not be acted upon. We are agents into ourselves.
  •  We can’t compare (with others or all knowledge) but we can…
    • Praise the effort not the result. “Mindset” audiobook
  • For the Salvation (satisfaction) of the soul and saving others
  • Intelligence is connected to all other qualities.
    • Love is the root of all Christ-like characteristics.
  • “Give your students too much, fill-in all the blanks, and they will contribute nothing themselves.  They will be sterile  non-participants.  Rather, give them just a suggestion, and get them  working with you. That’s when learning begins!” Orson Welles
  • ” All have derived what intelligence, light, power, and existence they have from God… Though but few acknowledge it.” God the Father, pg. 110
  • Results of knowledge
    • Profound and practical
    • “The more I can know of God, the dearer and more precious he is to me, and the more exalted are my feelings toward him.” God the Father, pg. 109
  • The Prophet Joseph Smith stated: “A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more knowledge, and consequently more power than many men who are on the earth. Hence it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God.” (History of the Church, 4:588.) DC 131:6
  • “Well done is better than well said.” Ben Franklin. Obedience and faith to limited knowledge is better than knowledge.
  • Truth is just another name for light – There is no shortcut to learning truth. You have to invest time in reading the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets. If you want to grow spiritually, you have to feed your spirit by feasting on the word every day. According to the Doctrine and Covenants, truth is just another name for light (see D&C 84:45).
  • Brother of Jared faith allowed him to see Christ, but didn’t KNOW (have knowledge) he had flesh and blood. Ether 3:6-16
  • “Intelligences exist one above another,6 so that there is no end to them.” TPJS pg. 373
  • See also Evernote “Firm Foundation – Staying Grounded – Intelligence”
  • See evernote “Knowledge Typology Map”
  • “Approaching Zion,” Zeal without Knowledge by Hugh Nibley,
  • The Inexhaustible Gospel – Neal A. Maxwell
  • The Precious Promise – Neal A. Maxwell
    • “The Gospel definition of intelligence isn’t simply one of scholastic IQ. Intelligence signifies the totality of the soul and reflects the divine nature… Added knowledge of spiritual things follows better behavior… We’ll be able to see afar off” Time. 3:15
  • Five Secrets to Know before you die
    • Chapter 7 (audio chapter)
    • Knowing and going (doing what you now to be right)
  • Learning for Eternity
  • John Bunyan. Pilgrims Progress. Worldly wiseman.
  • Abraham Lincoln once said, “What I want to know is in books.
    • Medicine for the Soul
    • Letters to a Stoic , Letter II
  • Education of the Whole Man – Neal Maxwell
  • Church on education
  • “In the authority of the holy Apostleship, I now raise a voice of warning, and I make a solemn promise. If the day ever were to come that intellectual arrogance, a lack of appreciation, and a spirit of demanding entitlement take root on this campus — among the students, the faculty, the employees, the administration or within the community of Rexburg — then in that day the Spirit of Ricks will be well on the way to being extinguished. And the heavenly influence and blessings that have prospered this institution and the people associated with it will be withdrawn. “Conversely, as long as intellectual modesty, humility, gratitude, obedience, and frugality continue to characterize those who learn and serve at Brigham Young University-Idaho, then this university will shine forth ever brighter as a beacon of righteousness and of inspired educational innovation.” Elder Bednar – From the Devotional 26 January 2016 as quoted in The Idaho State Journal
  • God the Father, pg. 129-131

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