April 10, 2017
In the Book of Mormon, the Lord gives valuable advice to the prophet Moroni: “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”1
It took attending school again at age 53 for me to understand the value of humility while getting an education. If I would have realized how much an education could have helped me be a better wife and mother, I would have pursued it with all of my might. But now, as a returning student, I do my best to do what the Lord wants me to.
Often, myself included, we are so caught up with choosing our major and what we will do with it that we forget to ask the Lord what He wants us to do. Individually, we are given special talents, gifts, and insights, and the Lord knows better than anyone what we should do with them. No personal ambitions, grad plans, or advisors could plan our education better than the Lord.
We must consecrate our learning to the Lord. We must learn what the Lord wants us to learn. And when we do so, not only are we humbling ourselves and finding success and joy, but we are able to feel peace. At a time of stress and worry for myself, I was able to find solace as I knelt down and consecrated my education to the Lord.
I encourage every student, PathwayConnect, BYU-Pathway, or not, to kneel with the Lord in prayer, and ask Him what His plan is for you. Then pursue learning what He wants you to with all of your might — and do it for Him.
About the Author: Elder and Sister Brett were raised in the southern United States, where they enjoyed the long summers, fishing at the lake, and trips to the beach. They have been married for 36 years and have three children and four grandchildren. Collectively, they have served seven missions. They served as service missionaries for PathwayConnect in the home office in Rexburg, Idaho, from 2015 to 2016. They are currently serving as full-time missionaries in the Philippines.
What meaningful opportunity have you turned to the Lord for help with?