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Why don’t we baptize more intelligent people?

A missionary once asked President Marion G. Romney the question, Why don’t we baptize more intelligent people? His answer reminds us of the true definition of knowledge and intelligence in the overall purpose of God. It show us how the world hyper-inflates the acquiring of worldly wisdom that will fade away with them. It’s understandable, the world’s focuses on what they know, what they can immediately understand, readily apply and easily sell – information, mistranslated as intelligence.

President Romney quoted Doctrine and Covenants 93:36-37: “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one.” Then he said to the missionary, “a converted person forsake evil and embraces light and truth. So, what kind of person is he?”

After a pause, the surprised missionary said, “an intelligent one?”

President Romney said, “That’s right.”

We always have to remember the source of knowledge, intelligence, and wisdom, the various types, how it is give, how it is acquired, and for what purpose it is given. “My Faith always has to be greater than my knowledge.” I’ve also heard that wisdom is not getting yourself into a place where you need it 🙂

President Spencer W. Kimball once spoke to a BYU audience about our “double heritage” of secular knowledge and revealed truth. He said,

“we must become bilingual in speaking the language of education and the language of the spirit.”

Spiritually Anchored in Unsettled Time, by Bruce C. Hafen, pg. 107, 110

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