Secular knowledge can be stumbling block

" . . . And some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches; Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; . . . " (3 Ne. 6:12-13.)

President Spencer W. Kimball cautioned against placing pride in secular learning:"As we attain knowledge, we stand in danger, for many people who attain such knowledge have stumbled because of the greatness of their stumbling block.' They stumbled because of thepride of their eyes' and they `preach up unto themselves their own wisdom and their own learning, that they may get gain and grind upon the face of the poor.' (2 Ne. 26:20.)"

President Kimball further taught:

"The Lord seems never to have placed a premium on ignorance and yet He has, in many cases, found His better-trained people unresponsive to the spiritual, and has had to use spiritual giants with less training to carry on His work. Peter was said to be ignorant and unlearned, while Nicodemus was, as the Savior said, a master, a trained one, an educated man. And while Nicodemus would in his aging process gradually lose his prestige, his strength, and go to the grave a man of letters without eternal knowledge, Peter would go to his reputed crucifixion the greatest man in all the world, perhaps still lacking considerably in secular knowledge (which he would later acquire,) but being pre-eminent in the greater, more important knowledge of the eternities and God and His creations and their destinies." (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, pp. 388-89.)


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Information compiled by Gerry Avant

Sources: The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball; and A Companion to Your Study of the Book of Mormon, by Daniel H. Ludlow.

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