February 8th Increase in Learning Reading Group

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(This is the text transcript from the Reading Group Discussion about Increase in Learning Chapter 2 Related Readings. This discussion was held on Seek on February 8, 2012.)

Emily Watts
Welcome to week 4 of our Increase in Learning book group! Today we'll be discussing the Related Readings for Chapter 2, and I want to start with something cute Elder Bednar said to me about the first of them.

Beth Kirby
*Excited*

Emily Watts
It's the memorable "pickle talk" he gave in general conference a few years ago, and he told me that the problem with having given a talk with that kind of metaphor was that people were constantly giving him pickles. I told him that was why I'd written a book with "chocolate" in the title!

Beth Kirby
Emily:*LIKE*

Beth Kirby
Were they homemade pickles? (:

Emily Watts
Beth--probably. I'm guessing all sorts. Funny, huh?

Beth Kirby
But I'm sure it gets old for him.

Emily Watts
Probably. I don't know if it still happens. I'm sure there was a surge right after the event.

Emily Watts
So let's start right there, with the pickle talk. What struck you specifically about the metaphor?

Beth Kirby
I really liked the parallels he showed between the pickling process and the spiritual learning process. That was VERY creative of him.

Natalie Watts Gardner
It's true that some of the simplest things in life can teach some of the greatest lessons. Our family has found that to be true in planting a garden each year.

Lorelie M. Sander
I don't even like pickles, but I loved his discussion about being "immersed and saturated" in the Gospel.

Beth Kirby
I also liked how he pointed out how careful you need to be for both processes.

Emily Watts
I was struck by the idea of being "spiritually changed and transformed." Isn't it interesting that no one ever refers to a pickle as a "pickled cucumber"? We have pickled beets, pickled onions, pickled vegetables, but a cucumber is completely tranformed into a pickle.

Natalie Watts Gardner
And it's something we can all understand. Whether you like pickles or not you KNOW there is a difference between a pickle and a cucumber.

Emily Watts
It's kind of like the "king" of the canning project, isn't it, pickle making?

Emily Watts
I appreciated how he pointed out that our initial cleansing comes through the ordinances.

Beth Kirby
That's a good point about the pickled cucumbers. Though I've never canned, I really could see clearly the parallels Elder Bednar was drawing.

Emily Watts
That points out the need for the priesthood authority to have been restored.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Ordinances were also contained in the brining process.

Lori Gilbertson
What struck me is that there is a process that a cucumber goes through to become a pickle. Are we willing to go through the process to become what we can be?

Natalie Watts Gardner
I think it brought the essential-ness of priesthood ordinances to light.

Beth Kirby
Lori: *LIKE*

Emily Watts
Lori, and it IS a process, as he points out.
Natalie, that was one of the things I liked too.

Beth Kirby
I felt he brought out the essential-ness of all aspects of the gospel

Natalie Watts Gardner
I also liked how he pointed out the preservation process of cleanliness. You HAVE to sterilize the jars beforehand (clean vessel) and you HAVE to water bath them to remove any more impurities. NO UNCLEAN THING can enter the kingdom of God.

Emily Watts
"Gradually and almost imperceptibly," he says, "our motives become aligned with the will of God." How do we know it's happening for us?

Lori Gilbertson
We know by how we feel inside. We are happy doing the will of God.

Natalie Watts Gardner
I think it's what we talked about last week, suddenly the gospel isn't a burden. Sharing it doesn't seem bothersome or something we check off on a list

Emily Watts
How do we know that what we want is also what God wants?

Beth Kirby
That's a good question Emily. I think when you start being more aware of the presence of the Holy Ghost is one way. Another way is when you have a breakthrough of some aspect of the gospel you've been struggling with and it suddenly comes to light.

Natalie Watts Gardner
We don't just endure, we endure well.

Emily Watts
His view of change is liberating for me. I have tended to think, well, you're either transformed or you're not. Now I see it more as an ongoing process. So my question is, how do you STAY changed?

Natalie Watts Gardner
Emily, maybe when we say in total honesty "not my will but thine" as we pray then we know that whatever happens is God's will.

Beth Kirby
The manifestation from the Holy Ghost - but you need to be more aware of His presence - I think is how at least I know when I'm doing what God wants.

Lori Gilbertson
The next chapters on prayerful inquiry and doctrines, principles, and applications help us to review the "how to know" process.

Lorelie M. Sander
I think that is happening when you start to notice your selfish motivations drifting away and you only have a desire to do good.

Beth Kirby
Emily, that is a good point. It does bring comfort to know that it's ongoing and not just a sudden event. Or one solitary event.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Lorelie *LIKE*

Emily Watts
What kinds of things do you do when you find yourself "slipping"?

Natalie Watts Gardner
Can a pickle turn back into a cucumber?

Emily Watts
No, but it can get pretty soggy and gross.

Emily Watts
Actually, Natalie, that's where the analogy misfires for me a little. I feel like I've changed, but then I find things getting away from me again and I'm not sure I've really changed at all.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
I usually start "slipping" because I get lazy and I have to find ways to motivate myself to get out of the rut of laziness. What things do you do Emily? Do you have any suggestions for us?

Lorelie M. Sander
I try to think about the Savior or study His life. It seems pretty impossible to do or feel or think wrong when you are thinking about Christ. Perhaps that's why we are supposed to "Always Remember Him."

Natalie Watts Gardner
I was interested as I read 2 Nephi chapters 1-2 today and Lehi told Jacob he knew he would be saved with Nephi because he had seen a vision of the Savior. Almost as if his "pickling process" was done and he was "sealed" as Elder Bednar describes

Beth Kirby
When I realize I am slipping (and sometimes, sadly, that takes a while), I increase my scripture study efforts and try to reapply the principles discussed on Sundays (or in visiting teaching or home teaching) to my life.

Emily Watts
Maybe it just takes more than a whole lifetime to get clear to pickle stage, and we're judging ourselves too soon.

Emily Watts
Krisy, it's hard, because the more I slip, the less I feel inclined to do the things I know I need to.

Beth Kirby
Satan tries to make us doubt so that we become discouraged and cease striving to "become a pickle". I think analogy-wise, for us to "become a pickle" is a lifetime pursuit.

Natalie Watts Gardner
I think that's why the Lord says it's worse off if they hadn't known the truth...like they shouldn't have entered into those ordinances if they didn't want to become a pickle or become like Christ.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Beth "Like!" Those are great suggestions.
Emily - Me too!! I'm glad I'm not alone.

Emily Watts
Beth and Lorelie, I think you're exactly right. The answers haven't changed: "Read your scriptures and say your prayers." That's because they work!

Beth Kirby
And he did point out that the pickling process is also long. Just long for pickling isn't a lifetime, but it's a lifetime for us.

Emily Watts
Natalie: Discipleship takes a lot of faith, doesn't it?

Natalie Watts Gardner
Yes, faith that the finished product is worth it in the end.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
I like that Beth. I like that it goes right along with how he said it requires time, can't be hurried, and none of the essential steps can be skipped. But yes, Natalie, it's worth it in the end! :)

Beth Kirby
It takes a lot of faith, but it also takes a lot of work to be disciples. Faith without works is dead.

Natalie Watts Gardner
I think we HIGHLY UNDERUSE the Holy Ghost as a sanctifier in our lives to help in the process.

Lorelie M. Sander
I think this is so important to remember throughout the process: "We will not attain a state of perfection in this life, but we can and should press forward with faith in Christ along the straight and narrow path and make steady progress toward our eternal destiny." (p.91)

Emily Watts
He quotes the scripture about "yielding their hearts unto God." I don't mistrust God, but sometimes I mistrust my ability to understand His will for ME.

Beth Kirby
It's definitely worth the wait in the end.

Lorelie M. Sander
Steady and consistent progress is the key.

Beth Kirby
I think you are right about the Holy Ghost usage, Natalie.

Natalie Watts Gardner
"Yield unto the enticings of the Holy Spirit" is also a good connection.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
I agree Natalie. We have access to a powerful, amazing resource (the Holy Ghost) but sometimes we seem to forget we have it.

Emily Watts
Yield. Let go of the pride and the world and the selfishness. What a great word.

Natalie Watts Gardner
The Spirit is the Key as we strive to increase in learning

Beth Kirby
I think we all struggle with mistrusting our ability. That's where what we talked about last week comes in. Start down the path and periodically check in with God. As long as we are living in such a way that the Holy Ghost can be with us, we will learn as we go down the path if it's right or not.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Emily, and yet how often at a yellow light to we rush through with our own choice instead of YIELDING to oncoming traffic #beentheredonethat

Emily Watts
Beth: Right! Act. Check in. Return and report. Keep moving. Slow and steady, as Lorelie points out.

Beth Kirby
Excellent point, Natalie.

Emily Watts
Natalie: grin. And wince.

Cheryl Hardee Freestone
I bought that book for myself for Christmas. I need to start reading it though.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Yes Cheryl! It honestly changed my life. I'm excited for you to dive into it. :)

Beth Kirby
Agree with Krisy. It's brought great change to my life. I sometimes feel like an entirely different person.

Emily Watts
I want to move on to a statement in the second reading that really grabbed me: "Repentance is the sweet fruit that comes from faith in the Savior." Have you consider repentance as a sweet fruit, or more as a bitter pill we just have to swallow?

Natalie Watts Gardner
My husband is currently serving as a bishop and he has told me that disciplinary counsels are some of the MOST SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES he has ever had in his life.

Beth Kirby
I seem to be able to look at the end result of repentance, most of the time, so I can see it as a sweet fruit. Certainly repenting and returning to activity just a little over a year ago was a sweet fruit.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
That is such a great question Emily. I know at times in my life, I've seen it as both. But once you experience the true cleansing power of repentance, it's hard to see it as a bitter pill anymore.

Beth Kirby
The bitter pill is what I am tasting until I repent.

Natalie Watts Gardner
It is the beginning of the process of sanctification and the end result is definetly sweet fruit. If it's a bitter pill we "just have to hurry and swallow" I don't think our hearts are in the repentant state yet.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Ooh, well said Beth! That IS what we're tasting until we repent!

Emily Watts
Beth: GREAT point.

Beth Kirby
Good point, Natalie.

Emily Watts
Natalie: so, like everything else, it seems, we have to be patient and trust the Lord. Am I seeing a recurring theme in this book? Could he be any clearer?

Beth Kirby
That's a point he really does hammer in the book (as well as the acting rather than be acted upon theme).

Chrislyn Barnes Woolston
So I have to say that I haven't read this chapter yet, but your comments are making me want to leave work and go read it. I think I could use a little reminder on "trusting the lord!"

Emily Watts
Chrislyn: Definitely worth the ponder time!

Emily Watts
I loved his discussion about clean hands and pure heart. In a way, this harks back to the whole "change" thing. We have clean hands through the remission of sins, but that's just the starting point. It takes a pure heart to KEEP these hands clean.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Did you notice how 2 Nephi 2:8 came up mutiple time his his talk - Merits, Mercy, Grace of Christ. Is there a correlation between those and Knowledge, Understanding, Intellegence?

Beth Kirby
Yes, Natalie. There are few scriptures that repeatedly come up throughout the book, and that one did come up a lot.

Emily Watts
Natalie: Interesting question. I can't see a 1-2-3 correlation, but those attributes of Christ are definitely necessary in the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and intelligence.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Thank you for sharing that thought Natalie. I hadn't looked at it that way.

Beth Kirby
But repetition is a good teacher. He repeats several thoughts throughout the book, just as the same topics are discussed over and over in general conference.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Well what was his definition of Knowledge in the chapter?

Emily Watts
Natalie: "Knowledge refers to facts, information, and abilities obtained through experience or education." His definition.

Emily Watts
In fact, I LOVED the statement that "The infinite Atonement is for both the sinner and for the saint in each of us.

Beth Kirby
Oh Emily! That was a beautiful thought and it gave me "warm fuzzies"

Emily Watts
All of it requires the merits and mercy and grace of Christ. The overcoming of bad things. The desire for good things. They come from Him.

Natalie Watts Gardner
I think Christ's Merits are the actions and experiences in his life or Knowledge - but I don't know if that's right...

Lorelie M. Sander
Emily, I loved that too! The Atonement isn't just to help us overcome sin, it is also to help good people become better and more like Christ.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Then Mercy comes with Understanding us completely through his atonement...

Natalie Watts Gardner
Then Grace is a perfect embodiment of who he is through his obedience or Intellegence...

Emily Watts
Natalie: I think Elder Bednar would be "deliriously happy" to see you thinking of it in that way.

Natalie Watts Gardner
I don't know, is that a stretch? I need to chew on that one some more...

Emily Watts
Stretching is the whole point of the book, isn't it?

Beth Kirby
Definitely, Emily. He'd be "deleriously happy" if he knew the huge step out of my comfort zone I just took recently. And I am oh so much better for it. I owe him a HUGE thank you.

Lorelie M. Sander
Natalie *LIKE*

Emily Watts
That's why Elder Bednar wanted the wide margins and the space for questions. He kept telling the kids (on the DVD) to "mess with this stuff."

Natalie Watts Gardner
Every time I read 2 Nephi I stumble on that trio of words, and I was excited to see E. Bednar keep turning them over too...

Beth Kirby
Same here, Natalie.

Emily Watts
Here's another "gotcha" phrase: "Preparing to walk guiltless before God is one of the primary purposes of mortality and the pursuit of a lifetime; it does not result from sporadic spurts of intense spiritual activity." I've been one who has been very guilty of studying in "fits and starts"--a big push followed by slacking off. Anyone else? Or am I just the weak link here?

Emily Watts
Elder Bednar has been instrumental in my learning to make "small, steady, incremental spiritual improvements." (Both quotes from p. 91, incidentally.)

Beth Kirby
I'd be surprised if a good majority of the members haven't been the same way, Emily. I certainly have been.

Christinea Ellison
When I am down I try to help another just to not focus on my issues and it helps me put my issues in perspective.

Emily Watts
Christinea: I think that's a really important key. We sometimes get so focused on ourselves and what we are or aren't doing that it bogs us down.

Natalie Watts Gardner
I agree. I fell into the trap that no study would be the kind of hard core study I experienced as a missionary so it wasn't worth it.

Lorelie M. Sander
I agree--myself included--I think keeping up the momentum is something most people struggle with.

Beth Kirby
And that fact that he points that out has made me feel better about my progress, rather than letting Satan tell me I am not progressing like I should and should just give up..

Emily Watts
It's been so interesting to see how much further I get from doing a little each day than from really blitzing it on Sunday.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
I loved that gotcha phrase Emily. You are definitely not a weak link. It made me think of yo-yo dieting and how that doesn't work either, and in a lot of cases, is even more detrimental to the goal. It really helped me think about how important a consistent gospel plan is in my life.

Beth Kirby
Excellent point Krisy!

Natalie Watts Gardner
Krisy - yo-yo dieting more detrimental - AMEN.

Lorelie M. Sander
It helps if I look at scripture study the way I look at eating. I would rather have a few small meals every day than one huge one once a week!

Beth Kirby
Absolutely Emily! I have started progressing as well as I did when I first returned to activity. Until I read this book I had stalled terribly.

Natalie Watts Gardner
But this learning has given me a HUGE APPETITE for study again and I am amazed at how the Lord will magnify my 20 minutes here and "talk-on-CD-while-doing-the-dishes" there to help me "become"

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Exactly Lorelie!

Beth Kirby
Lorelie: *LIKE*

Beth Kirby
So true, Natalie. I've noticed the same thing in my life.

Emily Watts
Natalie: Me too on the appetite for study.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
I agree, on the appetite for study. So how can we make sure we don't fall back into yo-yo scripture study again? :)

Emily Watts
The food analogy that's floating out here works so well. If only we saw better the correlation between how our spirits work and how our bodies work!

Beth Kirby
So very true, Emily.

Emily Watts
Krisy: for me, the trick is opening the scriptures in the first place. Just open them. Tell yourself you'll read just one verse if that's all you have time for.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Emily - LIKE!

Natalie Watts Gardner
Krisy - the key to not falling is "don't look down". Don't worry about falling just keep stepping up the ladder.

Beth Kirby
As Elder Carl B. Cook said at the last conference "It is better to look up" (Well he was quoting President Monson...)

Natalie Watts Gardner
So often I'm so worried that I'm going to fail that I don't even try. It's like not stepping into the brine because I'm so worried I'm not going to turn into a pickle.

Lorelie M. Sander
If you're having a hard time fitting in scripture study or remembering to do it regularly, you could try to include something gospel-related with your meals until you get in the habit. Like read a few verses every time you sit down to eat or listen to a conference talk every night when you prepare dinner. *But don't skip the scriptures when fasting :)

Beth Kirby
Good ideas, Lorelie!

Randy Bevan
just got here

Emily Watts
Hi, Randy! Welcome. Plenty of time left!

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Ooh, I like that Natalie. I do the same thing - worrying so much about the outcome rather than looking forward to the journey/process of getting there.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Beth - YES. Don't worry about it, just do it. The hunger and thirst for knowledge comes and grows and grows and propels the process.

Emily Watts
And I'll be honest--the thought of preparing for this group has fueled it a lot for me. What if we were serious about preparing for Sunday school, for temple attendance, for home evenings?

Beth Kirby
The Spirit would certainly be much stronger in our lives, Emily.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
I agree Emily. I recently got a new church calling that has helped me put a lot more personal scripture study time into my life and it's amazing to see the difference.

Emily Watts
I want to ask you about the "spiritual early warning signals" he mentions in the third talk. Have any of you ever experienced this?

Emily Watts
From p. 97: "The reactions of children to impromptu testimony bearing and their eagerness or reluctance to participate are potent sources of spiritual early warning signals." Have you seen that?

Beth Kirby
In retrospect (at least to my life) yes. I just missed them at the time, unfortunately. ):

Beth Kirby
(I can't speak in reference to early warning signs in children...)

Natalie Watts Gardner
Yes.

Randy Bevan
Did I miss the discussion?

Natalie Watts Gardner
Randy - No.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Randy, nope! We're talking about the third talk in Chapter 2's Related Readings right now.

Emily Watts
Beth: Have you seen it in Church callings, maybe? I've certainly seen Young Women who resisted having testimony borne to them.

Natalie Watts Gardner
I have been struggling with a particular habit all my life so much so that I made it a matter of fasting and prayer. I am amazed at the spiritual warning signals I get on a DAILY BASIS to help me stear clear and avoid the habit as I strive to change.

Randy Bevan
Same worked for me Natalie

Beth Kirby
I haven't had callings where I interact with children and youth. I was just thinking - though it's not good to live in the past - that I wish my mother had been able to see those signs (or if she did, been proactive in helping me become an active learner)

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Isn't it amazing how gospel teachings help us in all aspects of our lives - temporal as well as spiritual?! I love it. Thanks for sharing Natalie.

Beth Kirby
Oh! Natalie! Thanks for the idea. I too have been struggling with a certain habit all of my life. I never thought to make it fasting and prayer process to try to overcome it.

Emily Watts
Natalie: Awesome.
How about this one: "Youth of all ages, even infants, can and do respond to the distinctive spirit of the Book of Mormon." Do you think that's true?

Natalie Watts Gardner
When you aren't used to seeing the warning signs they are hard to find, but once you recognize one and obey it they become more clear and easy to see.

Emily Watts
Beth--fortunately, it's obviously not too late to change. The point is to use what you're learning now to propel yourself forward.

Randy Bevan
Yes, when I read my whole house gets more peaceful, and I am the only member

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
That's really neat Randy. Thanks for sharing!

Natalie Watts Gardner
I don't know about the effect of the book of mormon on infants but I have seen it change families so I guess it's true that it can effect infants in that way...

Beth Kirby
That's what I've been doing and this book has helped to make the process of propelling forward easier.

Lorelie M. Sander
I don't have children yet, but I've actually read the Book of Mormon to infants or sang primary songs when I've been babysitting and it totally calms the crying down!

Emily Watts
Natalie and Lorelie: To me it speaks to the eternal nature of our spirits. Do we discount the maturity of the spirits of our infants and children? I think we underestimate theme sometimes.

Beth Kirby
I am single but when I am reading/studying and praying, I definitely feel more peace at home - like my home is more of a haven than when I am not.

Emily Watts
Randy and Beth: That longing for peace is what keeps me motivated to keep studying.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
What a great way to think of motivation, Emily! And Lorelie, I completely agree. Children seem to be extra in-tune to spiritual things. As a missionary, we had several amazing experiences when we'd start teaching and the kids would instantly change in demeanor. They really do get it even when we think they might not.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Lorelie *like*

Beth Kirby
Lorelie" *LIKE*

Tina Standage Bushman
Absolutely, true that young children respond to the Spirit of the Book of Mormon. I may not seem like they understand, but I know they feel it. And they so often surprise me at the appropriate times. On a related note, when I went in for my Kindergarteners conference, the teacher said he scored highest on his ability to hear and recite what he heard. Not a coincidence. He does this every night....until he can read better.

Randy Bevan
never thought of that Lorelie, THANKS

Emily Watts
Tina, that is great! They clearly feel that "familiar spirit" Elder Bednar talks about.

Randy Bevan
thanks Emily

Beth Kirby
That's excellent, Tina.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Tina * LIKE*

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Yes, Emily and Tina - exactly!

Emily Watts
How about this question from Elder Bednar: "Are you and I helping our children become agents who act . . . or have we trained our children to wait to be taught and acted upon?"

Tina Standage Bushman
I believe it's the language of the Spirit. It's the language it was written in and the language all our Spirits respond to best.

Beth Kirby
Couldn't have said it better Emily and Tina.

Emily Watts
What principles have you been most effective in teaching your children to "act upon"?

Emily Watts
*LIKE," Tina!

Natalie Watts Gardner
Emily - great question. As a mother of young kids how do I make sure I teach the right way?

Natalie Watts Gardner
because I feel like I am "acting upon" my kids all day long to clear their dishes or clean their rooms...

Beth Kirby
It's suddenly occurred to me that his question does apply to me even though I am single - just like February's visiting teaching message points out that I still have a responsibility to help strengthen other families...

Emily Watts
Beth--absolutely. I find that other people are often a lot better at getting my kids to act than I am.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
Such an awesome perspective, Beth. Thank you!!

Beth Kirby
So now I will need to reread that one to figure out how I can help other children - other families.

Natalie Watts Gardner
Yeah but we are ultimately responsible for our kids and can't leave it up to the ward to raise them... so how do we do it right?

Tina Standage Bushman
That's a hard one. So often we wait to see what the kids bring home (what they learned from peers and at school) and then react and correct.

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
I don't have kids of my own yet, but I have noticed that in families where the kids seem to understand that are the ones where their parents have helped them understand the principle of accountability. Being responsible for all of their own actions and consequences.

Beth Kirby
Thank you Emily and Krisy. (Also, you're welcome Krisy)

Natalie Watts Gardner
Krisy - accountablility - return and report - great idea...

Emily Watts
I guess that's question we're going to have to chew on for next week. I am astounded to see that the time has flown. Next week, chapter three, Prayerful Inquiry. See you all here, I hope!

Beth Kirby
Looking forward to it! (I wish we could go longer than an hour!)

Tina Standage Bushman
Thanks. I need to remember to get on here on time next time. I really enjoyed it.

Randy Bevan
Thank you all, see you next week

Krisy Bennett Shaughnessy
I feel like a little kid being told it's bedtime. I want to beg for 5 more minutes!! The time has flown by!

Natalie Watts Gardner
HAHA! Krisy! love it - see you next week. Thank you everyone!

Emily Watts
I guess it's just as well we've been taking such a leisurely pace with the reading, so that at least we have next week to look forward to!

Randy Bevan
Me Too Tina

Beth Kirby
Emily: *LIKE*

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How can I be more like Jesus? How can I be more like Jesus?
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Why do I have to be 12 to go inside the temple? Why do I have to be 12 to go inside the temple?
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How would you explain to someone that rules aren’t restraining? How would you explain to someone that rules aren’t restraining?
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