You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned

As a young child going to church I was taught the importance of constant scripture study. Going back to the same sacred texts over and over again at different points in your life could help you gain insight on whatever challenges you might be facing at that moment in time.

This is a principle I’m much more likely to use now with other books or even when reflecting on experiences I’ve had to decide what to do.

Take the scripture example. When my family moved from Virginia to Minnesota in 1999 I was just beginning scripture study on my own. As an 11-year-old, some (okay, most) of the deep meanings behind the parables told were lost on me. But when I read that Nephi and his family traveled for four days from Jerusalem before arriving at their first stop, just several weeks after my own family had completed the 4-day trek to our new home I thouht that was so cool! The adults in my life were. . . less than impressed, and they let me know it. When I reflect on this experience now, nearly 20 years later, I can remember what I learned as an 11-year-old (my family was a lot like Nephi’s!) and add in how I would approach this situation (or one like it) as a parent (sharing my child’s amazement at something they discovered in their own).

What are some areas of your life you’ve taken time to review? Have you gained new insight when reading a book, reflecting on a memory, or repeating a behavior?

A puzzle Elizabeth did after continuing to try

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