Foundation Documents

Foundation Documents

Every institution has a set of ideals by which it is governed and to which it aspires. We encourage parents to read and discuss our Foundation Documents.

“That My People May Be Taught More Perfectly”: A Latter-day Saint Philosophy of Higher Education, by Lynn E. Henrichsen 

As parents, have we pondered what the words “education for eternity” really mean? Have we considered the implications this concept has for our own precious children, our families, and our duty to help them fulfill their own  individual, unique, personal educational responsibilities? It is important that we do so.  Unless we understand to some extent the concept “education for eternity,” we will not be able to attempt to practice it, nor become involved in true “higher” education.” Only when we first seek to understand the meaning of “education for eternity” can we then base our daily practices on its principles, and teach our children and ourselves on a higher, more purposeful level.

The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting, by James E. Faust

Being a father or a mother is not only a great challenge, it is a divine calling. It is an effort requiring consecration. President David O. McKay stated that being parents is “the greatest trust that has been given to human beings.” (The Responsibility of Parents to Their Children, pamphlet, Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, n.d., p. 1.)  While few human challenges are greater than that of being good parents, few opportunities offer greater potential for joy. Surely no more important work is to be done in this world than preparing our children to be God-fearing, happy, honorable, and productive.

Behold Your Little Ones, by Gordon B. Hinckley
How much more beautiful would be the world and the society in which we live if every father looked upon his children as the most precious of his assets, if he led them by the power of his example in kindness and love, and if in times of stress he blessed them by the authority of the holy priesthood; and if every mother regarded her children as the jewels of her life, as gifts from the God of heaven who is their Eternal Father, and brought them up with true affection in the wisdom and admonition of the Lord. (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Behold Your Little Ones,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 20)

The Measure Of Our Hearts, by Earlene Durrant
When the Lord measures an individual, He does not take a tape measure around the person’s head to determine his mental capacity, nor his chest to determine his manliness, but He measures the heart as an indicator of the person’s capacity and potential to bless others. Why the heart? Because the heart is a synonym for one’s entire makeup. We often use phrases about the heart to describe the total person. Thus we describe people as being “big-hearted” or “goodhearted” or having a “heart of gold.” Or we speak of people with faint hearts, wise hearts, pure hearts, willing hearts, deceitful hearts, courageous hearts, cold hearts, hearts of stone, or selfish hearts.

Charge to Religious Educators, 3rd Edition (various articles) Table of Contents
Brethren and sisters, grow in the knowledge of the eternal truths which you are called to teach, and grow in understanding of the great and good men and women who have walked the earth and of the marvelous phenomena with which we are surrounded in the world in which we live. Keep balance in your lives. Beware of obsession. Beware of narrowness. Let your interests range over many good fields while working with growing strength in the field of your own profession.