I knew this guy a while back who had grown up in the same church as I have, but chose to leave it and follow other ways later in life. We were talking a little bit about going to church, and he said, “Doesn’t it seem to get old sometimes? They always say the same things.”
The question sort of surprised me, but I said, “No, it doesn’t because I still feel I haven’t learned it yet.”
I’ve spent a lot of time reading scriptures and going to church, and I’ve read the same scriptures and heard the same principles over and over again. But it hasn’t gotten repetitive. Why?
I realized a little while ago it was because I am trying to live the things I am learning. I am trying to be a disciple of Christ and act like one, instead of just learning what they do.
That’s why it isn’t repetitive. Because no matter how many times I hear the same commandment or the same principle, I may still struggle with putting it into action in my life.
Take this verse, that I’ve heard countless times:
And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (Moroni: 7:45)
No matter how many times I read it and hear about the prinicples, I still haven’t fully incorporated them into my life. So I need to hear them again and again.
That’s what spirtual learning is all about.