One of the important things that happened to me during my days as a student at BYU was that I came to appreciate what can happen as the mind and the heart, or the spirit, work together.
Sometimes the wisdom of God comes directly, as with the experience of young Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove or as with the teaching of the Holy Ghost that can come to us when we are spiritually prepared. Sometimes wisdom comes in less direct but unmistakable ways.
In the end, the only lasting manifestation of embracing the Word of Wisdom—of following the Man in the white robe—is to be found in the “great treasures of knowledge,” the “hidden treasures,” that are the mysteries of godliness and the “fulness of the glory of the Father” and of the Son.
"Those of little faith frequently mistake local cloud cover for general darkness."
Intelligence and knowledge are only stepping-stones to the greater qualities of wisdom and understanding, which help us use our learning to bless others.
As we base our behavior on sound gospel concepts, we will find that our lives are much richer than those that are founded in the faulty concepts of men.
Examples from the Book of Mormon, such as Alma the Younger and Samuel the Lamanite, teach us the value and necessity of learning wisdom in our youth.
In practical as well as in spiritual affairs, have the wisdom to listen to the voice of reason that will guide you to make smart decisions.
At this BYU commencement ceremony, Gordon B. Hinckley offers pillars of wisdom for life—culminating in the injunction to "get lost!—in a good cause."