Quotes on Spiritual Understanding

As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles. Carefully separate them from the detail used to explain them. Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances. A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and compelling circumstances. It is worth great effort to organize the truth we gather to simple statements of principle. . . . As spiritual knowledge unfolds, it must be understood, valued, obeyed, remembered, and expanded. — Elder Richard G. Scott, “Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge,” Ensign, November 1993, p. 86

Spiritual learning takes precedence. The secular without the foundation of the spiritual is . . . like the foam upon the milk, the fleeting shadow. . . . One need not choose between the two for there is opportunity to get both simultaneously. The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 390

There is a kind of education worthy [of] the best attention of all, and in which all ought to engage – that is the education of the Spirit.

A little spiritual knowledge is a great deal better than mere opinions and notions and ideas, or even very elaborate arguments; a little spiritual knowledge is very important and of the highest consideration.

We must not neglect our spiritual improvements while we seek for worldly wealth. It is our duty to make every effort for the purpose of advancing ourselves in the principles of light and knowledge, as well as of increasing around us the temporal blessings and comforts of this life.

If our minds are too one-sided, paying too much attention to the acquiring of earthly goods, to the neglect of spiritual wealth, we are not wise stewards. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, Chapter 1