Effects of College Education on the Religious Involvement of Latter-day Saints

Mormonism fosters education. LDS theology views life essentially as an educational process. Mortality is seen as a probationary state, a period of learning and testing. Knowledge and mastery of both self and environment through obedience to divine law is the basis of eternal progression. Thus in Mormon dogma education not only helps man in this life, it also assists him in his quest to achieve perfection and become godlike in the next. This theological emphasis is manifest in many latter-day scriptures. Mormonism’s theological emphasis upon the importance of knowledge has very tangible results. Within the first few years of the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its leaders established in Ohio and Missouri an adult school for men called the School of the Prophets. . .

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 24:1
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