I remember one time when I was about 15 years old, my dad took me with him to the ranch of a family friend to herd cows, brand and de-horn them. There were many rules to follow so as not to get gored, trampled and killed and my dad made sure to teach me every single safety precaution known to man. I’m not really sure what his wisdom was in taking me with him that day, but to this day, I remember that experience as the dirtiest day of my life; I even had dirt in-between my teeth….but, I was safe and I lived to tell the tale. Did I become an intelligent person that day or did I gain wisdom or both?
Looking back on the experience, I do remember gaining a lot of respect for cowboys and the hard, physical labor they perform and I knew my dad was one tough cowboy and now I could say that I was one tough cowgirl. That day I learned about wisdom which means sagacity, intelligence, sense, common sense, shrewdness, astuteness, smartness, judiciousness, judgment, prudence, and circumspection. It is the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. This first-hand experience gave me smarts enough to know I don’t ever want to be a cowgirl and get that dirty again.
Is a person intelligent if he doesn’t have wisdom? Can we have one without the other? Does wisdom beget intelligence or vice versa?
Firstly, we were born without much activity going on inside our brains….we were creatures of necessity, relying on our parents to provide all our sustenance. As we grew, we learned important knowledge. As I know and anyone else remembers, intelligence came more as a part of wisdom. It seemed to me no matter how many times a parent or guardian told me to not do something because I may get hurt, it wasn’t until I actually tried it and did get hurt that my “real” learning took place. I call this first-hand experience which I link to wisdom. My intelligence was born and I can honestly say, I was all the smarter because of it.
Knowledge or wisdom is like a chain: a single thought or singular link is rather useless unless it becomes “linked” to another. Two links welded together can withstand any force that may try to break its bond but still, the use of just two links is not as great. Now, when you add more links you are going somewhere and have enough to make a circle that if bonded together, you have one continuous round that is not only strong but effective in its use and unbreakable.
“In the 1970’s there became a revolution known as the “new morality” in which freedom of sexual relations was proclaimed.” President Spencer W. Kimball This was a time when it wasn’t cool to remember the religious background of parents and grandparents when they taught their children how “free sex would be a destruction of the faithfulness and fidelity of husband and wife in the face of the Lord’s commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” Ex. 20:14.” President Spencer W. Kimball
Today we see many of the effects of this revolution within the healthcare arena, same-sex marriage, feminism, abolishment of marriage (live together), sexual identity, father-less children, abuse, alcoholism, joblessness, welfare increase, mental disorders and especially pornography. Where has this “new morality” taken us civically? Are we smarter because of it and are we better people? How would we rate our intelligence? Maybe the time has come to say, “Oh, the stove Is hot and maybe I should listen to my parents when they tell me not to touch the stove”. In other words, perhaps it’s time to think straight by listening to our heavenly parent’s council, bonding ourselves to their knowledge and following the smart way….or the tried and true way…the wise way.
“Many of the Savior’s most profound teachings are counterintuitive. “Love your enemies” is an example. The solutions that our minds are prone to develop are often different from those the Lord would have us pursue. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8).
When we encounter roadblocks in our efforts to build the kingdom, the reason often is that our solutions are grounded in the wisdom of men—which is foolishness to God (see 1 Corinthians 3:19).” Elder Clayton M. Christensen
Just as I learned important life-saving truths and wisdom while cow wrangling from my own father, when we link ourselves to the things of God, we are strong and unified in the purpose of truth. However, when we link ourselves to the philosophies of men, we stand alone because they are ever-changing. The greatest link of power is the priesthood held by worthy men and invested in worthy women. “None of us can afford to stand by and watch the purposes of God be diminished and pushed aside. I invite particularly the sisters throughout the Church to seek the guidance of heaven in knowing what they can do to let their voice of faith and testimony be heard. The General Authorities and the sisters who are general officers cannot do it alone. The full-time missionaries cannot do it alone. Priesthood leaders and auxiliary leaders cannot do it alone. We must all defend our Father in Heaven and His plan. We must all defend our Savior and testify that He is the Christ, that His Church has been restored to the earth, and that there is such a thing as right and wrong.” Elder M.Russell Ballard