Mark of education: emulate the Savior

Emulating the Savior's integrity, humility and sensitivity to others is a mark of the truly educated individual, Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Council of the Twelve told graduates of Ricks College April 24.

"The more we emulate Jesus, the more enlightened we become, and the more one develops what Paul called the "mind of Christ;" hence, the more significant is his or her intellect. (See 1 Cor. 2:16.)Elder Maxwell was the main speaker during the college's 104th commencement exercises, which were held on a Saturday reportedly for the first time in Ricks' history. Also attending the graduation was Church Commissioner of Education Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Seventy.

Speaking to the largest number of graduates in the school's history, Elder Maxwell counseled: "Whether you are soon enrolled on another campus or continue in the school of life, the most important part of your continuing education is described by this scripture: `That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.' (See D&C 50:24.)

"It is Christ's illumination which helps us to see reality and the interconnectedness of things," he continued. "This pertains not just to the ecological systems of nature but also to belief systems and their implications for human nature."

He said he hoped the graduates would leave the two-year college, located in Rexburg, Idaho, with an "added degree of discernment as between mere information, which is ever multiplying and churning, on the one hand, and on the other genuine wisdom, which is precious and forever."

"True education helps us to become familiar with the potential beauty and power of words. In fact, one of Ricks College's special strengths is the way it lifts the willing student to new levels of skills with the English language.

"Nevertheless, given our gospel framework, we understand with regard to the world of words that it is vital that eloquence - spoken or written - be combined with a good cause. Furthermore, charisma, if not connected to good character, can be dangerous. You need no help from me to supply examples past and present of what can happen when individuals who have great charisma do not also have great character."

Elder Maxwell told the audience that it is "better to do things quietly - in order to serve God and man - rather than to be seen of men. (See Matt. 6:1, 5.) Be more concerned with projecting God's image in your countenances and conduct than with fretting over what

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