Three Learning Phases (667 Words Short)

Joseph Smith attempted to restore the fulness of the gospel of Christ, but was killed before being able to get it done. What he restored was less than 30% of the fulness, as what we have in our temples are represented only by the first facsimile, in the book of Abraham. And our ordinances have been changed even further, making what was originally given by Joseph Smith far less than we have today. However, the little that we have still points to the Three Learning Phases God has always used to teach those who rise up to receive it.

The three learning phases are simply:

  1. Apprenticeship- study for familiarity
  2. Craftsmanship- deep pondering for comprehension and understanding (most difficult, given our lives of constant distractions)
  3. Mastery- patiently teaching by persuasion, to lead another to understand

Ordinances are the tools God uses to instruct men through this process of coming to KNOW Christ. We learn from scripture that when Christ comes, those who KNOW Him will KNOW Him, because they will be LIKE Him. The ordinances were intended to do exactly that, make US like HIM.

Consider the sacrament prayer for the bread. There are three covenants we take:

  1. Willing to take upon us Christ’s name
  2. Always remember Christ
  3. Keep Christ’s commandments which Christ gives to us

In return for these three steps, we are promised that Christ’s spirit will always be with us. If that spirit is always with us, it changes us to be LIKE Christ. Isn’t that the objective. The first covenant is your willingness, and it connects to your study (apprenticeship). The second is remembering, and that connects to your pondering (craftsmanship). And the third is to keep, or to take action, following the promptings of Christ commanding you, and that is all you teach (mastery). The ordinance of sacrament was intended to instruct us to change us, through a sanctification process, when if done right, would make us LIKE Christ. When Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea, he tried to get them to be sanctified to bring them into the presence of God. But they rejected it, and would not change. So, God, in His wrath, took Moses, and cursed the Israelites to wander the wilderness; and they suffered until all who rejected the invitation died. They rejected God’s invitation to belong to His family.

Our temple ordinances, although they have been reduced to a partial ceremonial drama, still has the ability to instruct. In order for someone to be instructed by them, the same three phases of learning must be used: Learn it inside and out/ Ponder what is being taught/ and Teach the principles you’ve learned.

Conclusion: We have jacked up a bunch of things as we have substituted what we don’t understand (ignorance) with false traditions. We somehow think that baptism is the same as sacrament, and we teach the children that every Sunday we are clean, like a little baby. If every time we partake of the sacrament we are like babies, then none of us will every be adults, and can never progress to be like God. No, sacrament was not intended to clean you of sins, it was intended to patch the hole of ignorance, and fill you up with light. That is the sanctification process.

Our ordinances are intended to teach us to be LIKE Christ, so that when we see Him, we will KNOW Him, because we will be LIKE Him. Just as there are more than just one facsimile in the book of Abraham, there are more ordinances that God intends to give to instruct us to become more like Him. But if we pay no attention to what has been offered, and instead we substitute false traditions where we are ignorant, our ordinances that we DO have, will continue to diminish, until all we are left with is a catholic catechism. And every Sunday will become a dress-up halloween party, with dried wafers, or tiny pieces of bread as our treat.

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2 thoughts on “Three Learning Phases (667 Words Short)

  1. I was thinking about baptism and repentance and how these two principals are always paired together. It seems to me whenever we have sinned (turned away from Christ) and repented (turned to Christ with full purpose of Heart, mind, might and strength) we need to be baptized because we are expressing an outward renewed commitment to come unto him.

    I agree with you that sacrament was meant to offer you more light as you follow the pattern it teaches you.

    • I agree that repentance is always coupled with baptism, but I don’t think that each time we repent we get baptized. I think that baptism is foundational. So when the foundation must be removed and reset, that’s when re-baptism seems necessary. Several instances come to mind.

      Alma was a high priest to King Noah, which means he was baptized already. When he was chased out by King Noah and the wicked priests, he fled to the waters of Mormon, and there the group that were with him were all baptized. They were required to replace the rotten foundation that they were built upon, founded on King Noah’s traditions, and replace it with the truth. However, when they arrived in Zerahemla, King Noah’s son Limhi introduced the Jaredite records, which Alma never had when he was at the waters of Mormon. At the waters of Mormon, Alma was following the instructions of Abinadi. But now that he had the Jaredite records, another foundational renovation was required, based upon the words of Christ that Mosiah used seer stones to translate. As well, this was a new group of people, including: Mulekites, Nephites, Helamites, Limhites, and the remaining scattered Jaredites. So a foundational beginning became necessary once again.

      When Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were translating the Book of Mormon, they came across baptism in 2 Nephi 31, and inquired of God concerning baptism. John the Baptist appeared and gave them the authority to baptize. But, once the scriptures were translated completely, and there was a people grouped (in 1830), another baptism was required, so Joseph was rebaptized.

      However, I don’t remember any occasion in the Book of Mormon that simplifies baptism to be tied to each event of repentance. I really think that baptism is foundational, and done when your foundation is being renewed.

      But that’s just my opinion. I really appreciate your comment because it adds greater depth to my ideas, forcing me to think it through. I never knew that I believed it this way, until you made the comment, and I thought it through, trying to flesh it out a bit. This is the kind of conversation I designed this blog to produce. BAM!

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