This topic is pure speculation. Just wanted to get that out of the way up front.
I’ve always thought of us as a “learning” church. From young women’s values today, stretching back to the dark ages when I was in Mutual, I’ve always felt education was an important focus. Even our Relief Society declaration today says that we “love life and learning”. I’m all over that. Yes, yes, yes! I love life and learning.
Now that my children are grown I have more discretionary time to do with as I please. And it pleases me to write. But it’s a struggle. I’m not that good. And it takes me a looong time to write a little.
My husband’s thoughts: He wonders why I try so hard when everything will be so much easier in the next life. He thinks if we want to learn something then, our minds and understandings will be so enlightened that we will know it in the twinkling of an eye. So why struggle here? Especially with gifts that I haven’t clearly been given, like learning other languages or how to play an instrument or what makes a good story and how to get that down on paper.
I think, that learning something without effort would take away the reward.
What do you think? Will learning in the next life come without effort as we know it? Will we be able to just touch a book to glean all the knowledge that book has to offer? Wouldn’t that negate all the time and effort the author put into making the book?
Here’s my real concern. It may take me the next ten years of my free time, sitting on my backside in a chair, learning to write a novel that others might find entertianing. I want to do that. But is it a worthy goal if in the next life I would simply be able to do that without effort? I could ask that of so many different activities, like becoming a tennis champion, running a marathon, learning to sing. If what my husband thinks is true, then the only worthwhile activity in this life would be to serve others, on earth or in the temple and that’s it. After all, there are already more books to read in the world than anyone could read in a lifetime.
What do you think?