Wiping Our Eyes Clear of the Mirage — J. Reuben Clark Jr.

Prophet Statesmen, J. Reuben Clark Jr., May 13, 1938

If parents and grandparents would wipe their eyes clear of the mirage that every child they have is a pure mixture of angel and genius, and then would, with the child, try to find out his real self—non-angel and non-genius—we should have made the first move forward to establish the education to which our challenge bids us.

Perhaps I might, at this point adventure a definition: To me, true education is that teaching, training, and experience which best fits a man to do the useful things in his Church, in society and in the public service, for the doing of which Nature, that is, God, has best endowed him. It seems to me this is the education that is the world-wide challenge we speak of.

J. Reuben Clark Jr. (1871-1961), served as a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1931-1961. Prior to his full-time church service Clark was assistant solicitor to the State Department,orked in the Attorney General’s office, served as Under Secretary of State, wrote the classic study, the “Clark Memorandum on the Monroe Doctrine,” and served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico.  Some believe he was the foremost constitutional scholar of the 20th Century.