"No obstacles are insurmountable when God commands and we obey"
- - Heber J. Grant
March 5, 2014
All I Really Need to Know I Learned from the Scriptures
by Kathryn Grant

I remember being delighted when I first read the beloved book by Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Its focus on the simple truths that really matter resonated with many people.

One day it occurred to me that the same is true of the scriptures: everything we need to know we can learn from them.1 So with grateful acknowledgment to Mr. Fulghum, and knowing I’m not the first (and won’t be the last) to do an adaptation, here is “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from the Scriptures.”

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1)

Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
(2 Nephi 2:25)

I know that my Redeemer lives.
(Job 19:25)

Love the Lord with all your heart, might, mind, and strength.
(Deut. 10:12, Mark 12:30, D&C 59:5)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
(Proverbs 3:5, Isaiah 26:3)

Become as a little child.
(Matthew 18:3)

Lose your life to find it.
(Matthew 16:25, Matthew 16:28 JST)

Hold to the rod.
(1 Nephi 8:24)

Search the scriptures.
(John 5:39, Alma 17:2)

Humility brings grace and strength.
(1 Peter 5:5, Ether 12:27)

Thank the Lord in all things.
(D&C 59:7, Ephesians 5:20)

Rejoice in the Lord always.
(Philippians 4:4, D&C 128:22)

Hold on to God’s promises.
(Hebrews 10:23)

Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.
(Micah 6:8)

Seek diligently to turn hearts.
(D&C 2:2, D&C 98:16, D&C 138:47 – 48, Malachi 4:6, 3 Nephi 25:6)

Let temple work continue on and not cease.
(D&C 127:4, D&C 128:22)

Be strong and of good courage, for the Lord is with you.
(Joshua 1:9)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7)

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.
(Philippians 4:13)

Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
(Romans 8:35-39)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(John 3:16)

1. “We often hear it said that the scriptures have the answers to all of our questions. Why is this so? It is not that the scriptures contain a specific answer to every question.... We say that the scriptures contain the answers to every question because the scriptures can lead us to every answer.” (Elder Dallin H Oaks, quoted in “Using Scriptures to Meet Personal Needs”)

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About Kathryn Grant

Kathryn Grant is a user assistance professional with a passion for usability and process improvement. She also loves family history and enjoys the challenge and reward of building her family tree.

As a child, she lived outside the United States for four years because of her father's job. This experience fueled her natural love of words and language, and also taught her to appreciate other cultures.

Kathryn values gratitude, teaching, learning, differences, and unity. She loves looking at star-filled skies, reading mind-stretching books, listening to contemporary Christian music, attending the temple, and eating fresh raspberries.

Kathryn teaches Sunday family history classes at the BYU Family History Library, and presents frequently at family history events. For more information, visit her Family History Learning Resources page

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