Sunday, September 07, 2008

Smart Mama Presents: Learning

As part of a series on our family values, I will highlight each of the 9 values we have chosen for our family. I'll share my thoughts on the value and why I chose it. Past values Accountability and Stewardship.
Motto:We love to learn and share our knowledge with others.
Scripture:...Teach one another words of wisdom; yea seek ye out if the best books words of wisdom; seek learning even by study and also by faith. Doctrine and Covenants 88:118
I chose this value because I feel so strongly about education (you'd never guess I am a teacher, huh?). By this I don't just mean book smarts. In fact, most of our most important learning and knowledge is never taught in a college classroom. Knowledge takes many forms: like how to cook a meal, or how to make others feel comfortable, or how to manage your time and money.
I want my children to take advantage of the educational opportunities they have. Knowledge and skills provide opportunities for service. The more you know, the more you can do, and the more you can help.
Knowledge is also power. I want my children to know education opens doors and gives you choices. It gives you power to navigate in the world, to feel confident expressing yourself, and standing up for what you believe. For me knowledge is to be shared, the purpose is always to build, enrich, and uplift others, not to judge or look down upon others.
I have often seen how my education has helped me in my church responsibilities, in my community, in providing one on one service, and everyday as a mom. It has also allowed me to travel the world giving service and have my dream jobs! Similarly skills I have learned have provided me opportunities for joy and fulfillment. I love the knowledge and expertise of my family and friends that has enriched my life in so many ways.
So as for me and my house-- we're learners!
My 3: 1. a great banana split 2. new testament 3. the words of good people


Lei said...

I love this... you are so right! Knowledge is all encompassing - everything we do or say and how we react to things demonstrates wisdom.

Jenny said...

A perfect value spotlight on the first day of Seminary! How did it go, smart teacher?

Becky said...

You've also used it to help others in their time of great need and I thank you for that.

Smilin' sunshine said...

How did it go this morning??

LL said...

you've taught me so much just in the time we've spent together.
You have a gift, and the seminary students are SO lucky to have a little bit of that smart mama knowledge and testimony each morning.
Hope day one was a success! i also hope you find time to NAP

Christy said...

I looked at the clock at 6am and though of you! I love how much information is available to us today, and feel like I could never have nearly enough time to learn all I want. And what I want my children to learn. Little bits everyday!

sweetpea said...

I love this too--this is one of my favorite values--

Jamie said...

Lovely post! You've always been a good sharer of knowledge.