Line Upon Line, Precept Upon Precept

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Teaching the gospel of Jesus ChristWhen it comes to understanding and teaching the Gospel, we must realize that different people are on different spiritual levels at any given time. We cannot expect a person to digest the meat of the Word when they are still nursing on the milk of the Word.

It is like weaning a baby off milk and baby food and introducing him to solid food. We cannot place a full meal in front of a baby and expect him to ingest and digest it all. Instead, we introduce him to solid food – bite by bite, spoonful by spoonful, a little of this and a little of that. In time he will be able to eat and enjoy a full meal, and as he grows and matures, he will be able to enjoy even larger portions.

Mormon teachingAnd so it is with understanding and teaching the Gospel. There are people who are mature enough in the Gospel to handle the meat of the Word, while others are still babes in the Gospel who can only handle the milk of the Word. Those of us who are mature in the Gospel need to learn to be more patient, more compassionate, and more willing to nurture and help those who are still babes to become mature in the same way we have achieved our maturity – line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little. In time their level of understanding will begin to increase and they too will be able to partake more from the banquet table of the Good Word and prayerfully teach others those things which they have learned to help them mature in the Gospel as well.

~ Keith Lionel Brown