There is a saying: Ignorance it bliss. But is it?
We are the sum total of our experiences. When we die, we do not take our possessions with us. We take our knowledge, our character. We will continue to gain knowledge and progress in the next life.
President Lorenzo Snow said, "There is divinity within ourselves that is immortal and never dies. Thousands and thousands of years hence we will be ourselves, and nobody else...We are as children growing and increasing in knowledge and wisdom."
I think a truer saying is: Knowledge is power.
President Snow went on to say, "Some of the great prophets advanced themselves to the degree of knowledge, and developed their immortal possibilities to an extent that is perfectly astonishing. And you and I will have to advance in this line until we control those things that the world cannot possibly do."
The key to growth and advancement is knowledge. But, knowledge of what? Science? Religion? Math? Perhaps. We do need to learn all things at some point. But, I think the prophet was referring to the things of an eternal nature: the Atonement and the Plan of Salvation and where we fit into that plan. The gospel is not just a plan to teach religion on the earth. It is a plan of redemption and happiness that was established before the world began. There is so much to learn and understand!
I often times-most times- feel like a child standing in an endless green field holding a single blade of grass. The blade is small and easy to see. But, the field is vast and overwhelming. There is no way for us to comprehend the plan in it's entirety here. But, to know that we are on the path, that we can learn what has been given to us line upon line, precept upon precept- one blade of grass at a time- that we can follow the path of the prophets in learning and growth, until we can control those things that the world cannot gives me hope and joy.
Yes- there is so much to learn and understand: The Fall, the Abrahamic Covenant, the Gathering of Israel, The Atonement, The Apostasy, The Restoration, The Second Coming, The Millennium. Everyday I am studying and learning, trying to increase my knowledge and understanding of this great gospel. The more we understand how it all fits together, the more we see how we fit it, and how what this life is really about.
But- there is so much to learn and understand! At times, when I begin to feel overwhelmed by the endless field of doctrine, I take a step back and look at my favorite little blade of grass and echo the words of Nephi: I do not know all things, but I know that God loves His children. It is OK not to know it all. We are not expected to, nor is it possible to. We do not know all things, but we do know that God loves us and he has provided a way for us to learn.
All the resources we need to grow in knowledge has been given to us: Scriptures, modern-day revelation, books, manuals, videos, church websites and not least of all, personal revelation. They are all here for our learning and benefit. It is the pursuit of knowledge that advances our paths. The more we learn in this life, that much farther along we will be in the next.
So, become a student of the gospel. Ask questions, research answers, read the scriptures and words of the prophets and pray for understanding (especially when you tackle Isaiah!) and line upon line, one blade of grass at a time, we develop or own astounding immortal possibilities.