15 Back to School Scriptures and Quotes

By Becky Squire

Education is an important part of the lives of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prophets have encouraged us to seek not only for spiritual knowledge, but to gain secular knowledge as well. 

Back to school time is just around the corner, so here are some great scriptures and quotes to motivate and remind you how important and fun learning can be!


And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. – D&C 88:118

In the Church, obtaining an education and getting knowledge are a religious responsibility. We educate our minds so that one day we can render service of worth to somebody else.Russell M. Nelson

O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God. – Alma 37:35

The Lord and His Church have always encouraged education to increase our ability to serve Him and our Heavenly Father’s chlidren. For each of us, whatever our talents, He has service for us to give. And to do it well always involves learning, not once or for a limited time, but continually. - Henry B. Eyring

There can be no doubt, none whatever, that education pays. Do not short-circuit your lives. If you do so, you will pay for it over and over and over again. - Gordon B. Hinckley

Maintain an enthusiasm for learning throughout your life. – For the Strength of Youth

God gave you moral agency and the opportunity to learn while on earth, and He has a work for you to do. To accomplish this work, you have an individual responsibility to seek learning.Mary N. Cook

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.Matthew 11:29

Education is the difference between wishing you could help other people and being able to help them.Russell M. Nelson

For members of the church, education is not merely a good idea - it’s a commandment. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Knowledge is power and the man who has the most knowledge has the greatest power.Joseph Smith

You must get all of the education that you possibly can…You will be expected to put forth great effort and to use your best talents to make your way to the most wonderful future of which you are capable. - Gordon B. Hinckley

While mortality is only a small moment in eternity, learning throughout our mortal lives is an essential part of our eternal education. - Robert D. Hales

Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.D&C 6:7

Education is yours to obtain. No one else can gain it for you. Wherever you are, develop a deep desire to learn. -Russell M. Nelson

Becky Squire is a writer and speaker. She has been published in several media outlets including the Ensign, LDS Living, and the Today Show. She's also the founding editor of Latter-Day Woman Magazine. Follow Becky Squire on Instagram

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.