A blogging buddy has recently reminded me of the importance of reading, most specifically teaching children to read at a young age and then continuing to encourage them throughout their lives. What vistas books can provide! What opportunities to learn and stretch our imaginations. It saddens me to realize that in many parts of the world children don’t have access to even a primary school education and that in developing countries females aren’t given the same opportunities as males. Thanks goodness for Oprah and others like her who are actually doing something to remedy this situation.

It’s no secret that I’m a convert to the LDS religion, and among my many reasons is that church doctrine affects my whole lifestyle, not just my “Sunday-go-to-meeting” behavior. An example is that we’re encouraged to get all the education possible. Whatever a person’s chosen profession, he or she needs the knowledge to be effective and successful. Just what are we supposed to learn? Here’s a verse from the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 88, Verse 79 that provides a clue.  “Of all things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms.”

It’s the kind of scripture that makes you think “Wow.” I think now’s a good time to start learning a little more about this world I live in. Doesn’t it make sense that God would want us to learn as much as possible about this beautiful world that He created for us?