Your Shoulder to the Wheel"
At April 1998 General Conference, Elder Neal A. Maxwell discusses the
importance of work in building character.
is Our Day
At April 1999 General Conference, President James E. Faust discusses the
place of technology in our culture.
Role of Work
"The role of work, as it has been consistently explained in the
scriptures and taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, involves four
principles: Work is a universal obligation; work enhances the quality of life on earth;
daily work has eternal consequences; and work will continue in the eternities."
"The Articles of Faith underscore the deep and
fundamental role that knowledge plays in the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: 'If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or
praiseworthy, we seek after these things' (A of F 13)."
'Because of belief in the ultimate compatibility of all truth
and in the eternal character of human knowledge, Latter-day Saints tend to take a more
positive approach to science than do some people in other religious traditions who also
claim a strong foundation in scripture."
"In a world where science and religion have sometimes
been at odds, Latter-day Saints stand out for their positive attitudes toward science and
their high proportion of involvement in scientific careers. Active scientists are often
called to positions of Church leadership, and a number of LDS scientists have been
internationally recognized for scientific work."
"Latter-day Saints have a significantly higher level of educational
attainment than does the population of the United States as a whole."
"The Church encourages its members to be learned in gospel principles
and in every edifying branch of knowledge that supports a life of Christian service.
Latter-day Saints value intellectual activity because it can develop and enrich life and
faith, beautify the earth and ameliorate mankind's temporal suffering, and further the
growth of the kingdom of God on earth."
"Latter-day Saints believe that certain forms of knowledge are
essential for salvation and eternal life (John 17:3)."
"Epistemology is the branch of philosophy dealing with the nature and
scope of knowledge. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintshas no uniform position
on the classical issues of epistemology, such as the relationship of the sources of
knowledge, theories of truth, and modes of verification, but the superiority of knowing by
revelation from God is commonly cited from the scriptures."
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is typically
involved in three levels of ethical concern: the theory of values; the foundations of
moral decision; and the integration of personal and professional codes of ethics, such as
those relating to medical, military, or governmental service."
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has established
educational programs throughout the United States and in some ninety other countries to
provide an effective combination of religious and secular education to its members."
"Seminaries are that part of the Church Educational System which provides weekday religious
instruction for youth, usually from the ages of fourteen to eighteen, to balance their
secular secondary education with study in the scriptures, religious teachings, and moral
values of their faith."
"The Indian Student Placement Services was established among native
americans by the LDS Church in part to fulfill the obligation felt by the Church to help
care for the Indians in the Americas (2 Ne. 10:18-19). The program places Indian students
in Latter-day Saint homes, where they live while attending the public school of the
community during the academic year."
"Between 1875 and 1910, the LDS Church sponsored thirty-three
academies for secondary education in seven western states, Canada, and Mexico."
"Early Mormon almanacs (1845-1866) first borrowed heavily from
standard almanacs being published, but then came to focus on interests of members of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since 1973 the Church Almanac has printed
only information pertaining to the Church."
"Established to train the youth of the Church in northern Utah,
southern Idaho, and western Wyoming, Byc had nearly 40,000 students in its forty-nine
years of operation (1877-1926)."
Elementary and secondary schools
"Brigham Young University (BYU) is a four-year private institution
located in Provo, Utah, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints as part of the Church Educational System. Twenty-seven thousand students from all
fifty states and many other countries study under the direction of approximately 1,500
full-time faculty in the ten colleges and two professional schools."
LDS Business College
The LDS Business College is located in Salt Lake City and provides career-oriented training.
Center for Near Eastern Studies
"The Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies grew out of a
Jerusalem "semester abroad" educational program for undergraduates instituted by Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1968. It became popular among
Latter-day Saint students because of their commitment to the religious traditions of the
BYU - Hawaii
"BYUHawaii is a four-year, liberal arts institution located on
northeastern Oahu, thirty-seven miles from Honolulu. Its multiracial student body of 2,000
comes from over fifty countries: 60 percent from Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, and 40
percent from the South Pacific and the Asian rim" Encyclopedia of