I was at doing some sealings at the temple recently, and the sealer reminded everyone that the temple is the “university of the Lord.” But it just seems like repetition to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the temple sealing, but with all temple ceremonies, they simply repeat the same words over and over and over. It is not like a college class. It is simple repetition. I find that it often feels like “vain repetitions” that Jesus warned us about, and while I do try to listen intently, when I do try to think about something profound, it more often than not brings me more questions than answers. I know questions are good, but I don’t feel like I’m learning. (I don’t think the witnesses were learning or witnessing. They both were asleep.)
I did look up the word “Learn” at Dictionary.com. Here’s what it said
- to acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience: as in, “to learn French; to learn to ski.”
- to become informed of or acquainted with; ascertain: as in, “to learn the truth.”
- to memorize: as in, “He learned the poem so he could recite it at the dinner.”
I don’t think memorize is what “university of the Lord” means, but I have heard some of these ceremonies so many times, I am starting to memorize some of them. What do you learn through repetition? What am I missing?