“Time is well spent that is devoted to instruction of your children.” R&H march 29,
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This community dedicated to the development of Davidian youths in all capacities:
“The true object of education is to restore the image of God in the soul.”
From zero years, to full manhood, it is the single-minded purpose of this community to support youths who have made a personal and serious choice to follow their Savour.
We are fully committed to helping them along the way in finding the strength afforded them to fulfill their God-given purpose, as so many great youths of biblical history have done. We do not promote any pasture or association and neither are opposed to anyone having such affiliation. We look beyond our differences and embrace what make us essentially the same.
PONDER ON THIS
The Lord has presented to me, in many ways and at various times, how carefully we should deal with the young—that it requires the finest discrimination to deal with minds. Everyone who has to do with the education and training of youth needs to live very close to the Great Teacher, to catch His spirit and manner of work. Lessons are to be given which will affect their character and lifework.—Gospel Workers, 333 (1915). 1MCP 82.1
The following is taken From Symbolic Code Vol 3 # 1. Pages 1 to 5 of this Code should be read diligently by all youths of Davidia.
Believing that “The institutions of human society find their best models in the word of God” (“Fundamentals of Christian Education,” p. 95), we are endeavoring to found at Mt. Carmel an academy patterned “after the order or example of the schools of the prophets.” (Id. 223.)
Moreover, as the “grand object of all study” is to “learn the will of God and the duties of His people,” Mt. Carmel Academy’s system of education differs vitally from that which is in vogue among other institutions of learning, in that it consists not, as does theirs, in “treating the individual branches of study, apart from that deeper investigation which involves the searching of the Scriptures, and a knowledge, of God and the future life,”–that is, teaching all subjects entirely apart from the Bible, and wholly divorced one from another, with no central motif running through and correlating them–but rather in making the Bible the basic source of subject matter for all studies.
However, as the reestablishing of the schools of the prophets is still in process, we do not as yet have facilities either necessary or adequate to the teaching of all the courses prescribed in the Spirit of Prophecy. Nevertheless, we are striving to the end of gaining a knowledge of all of the subjects taught in the ancient schools of the Hebrews, chief among which were “the law of God,…sacred history, sacred music, and poetry” (“Patriarchs and Prophets,” p. 593), besides English, mathematics, bookkeeping, geography, physiology, etc., along with industrial training in “agriculture, manufactures,–covering as many as possible of the most useful trades,–also in household economy, healthful cookery, sewing, hygienic dressmaking, the treatment of the sick, and kindred lines.”–“Education,” p. 218.
The Lord has “reserved to Himself the education and instruction of Israel,” and His care is “not restricted to their religious interests.” Whatever affects “their mental or physical well-being,” becomes “also an object of divine solicitude,” and comes “within the province of divine law.” (“Fundamentals of Christian Education,” p. 95.) True education “has to do with the whole being….It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers.”–“Education,” p. 13. Therefore, in order to effect and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual balance, we have wedded the study of the Scriptures and of academic subjects to physical labor, equalizing “the taxation of the mental and physical powers,” thus giving the student four hours a day of mental labor, and four hours of manual labor which consists in
taking an active part in the different manual departments at Mt. Carmel. In this way, he not only gains for himself physical benefit and useful knowledge, but also aids in the advancing of the work here on Mt. Carmel.
“Such an education provides more than mental discipline; it provides more than physical training. It strengthens the character, so that truth and uprightness are not sacrificed to selfish desire or worldly ambition. It fortifies the mind against evil….Every motive and desire are brought into conformity to the great principles of right….What education can be higher than this? What can equal it in value?”–“Education,” p. 18.
We have set no arbitrary grade or amount of studying as a standard of attainment for the school. At no time during the student’s schooling is he presented with a diploma for having graduated from a lower to a higher grade. However, using wisely that knowledge which he has received, he can constantly improve, “reaching higher and still higher,” finally receiving “the very best diploma that anyone can have,–the endorsement of God,” which will secure for him, “his passport from the preparatory school of earth to the higher grade, the school above” (“Education,” p. 19).
Hence, this institution is open to those youth who are “eager to obtain a better knowledge of the Scriptures, to search deeper into the mysteries of the kingdom of God, and to seek wisdom from above,” in order especially to qualify themselves to have a part “in the closing work for the church,” that they may prove “a great blessing to Israel, promoting that righteousness which exalteth a nation, and furnishing it with men [and women] qualified to act, in the fear of God, as leaders and counselors.”–“Fundamentals of Christian Education,” p. 96
The Voice Of The School Faculty
“To realize what an exalted privilege it is to be at Mt. Carmel, and to have a part in its work–the most momentous ever committed unto man–is one of the utmost needs, as well as one of the utmost desires, we pray, not only in particular of each student and teacher, but also, in general, of every inhabitant of the hill. For thrilling and blessed beyond words is the experience of being permitted to have a part in the work here, where, beyond any other place on earth, history imperishable is being written out of destined vicissitudes fulfilling the prediction that ‘the final movements will be rapid ones’–“Testimonies for the Church,” Vol. 9, p. 11.
“Therefore, that every student, teacher, and resident of Mt. Carmel Center faithfully stand in his lot; that he come behind in no good work; and that he keep apace the scroll’s swiftly unfolding events, and thus make Mt. Carmel a light to the world, we anxiously solicit the constant and earnest prayers of every whole-souled believer in the message of Present Truth.
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