1.“I say to all those who are disposed to set up stakes for the Almighty, You will come short of the glory of God. To become a joint heir of the heirship of the Son, one must put away all his false traditions.”
(TEACHINGS OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH, PG. 321)
We all have our little “traditions.” Some of them are developed over time through our own weaknesses, others are learned from other people. If there is anything that I have learned from Joseph Smith, it’s that I need to study the scriptures and revelations so that I can identify those traditions that I have allowed to come into my life. Remember the whole “traditions of their fathers” in The Book of Mormon?
2. “Repentance is a thing that cannot be trifled with every day. Daily transgression and daily repentance is not that which is pleasing in the sight of God.”
(TEACHINGS OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH, PG 148)
This is one tradition that I used to believe. Daily repentance and such. I remember loads of times where I was determined to repent every single day. But after reading this quote, it’s made me pause to reassess how I go to the Lord and where my heart is when I repent. I have come to the conclusion that if we treat repenting as a habit instead of a process, it can become more like part of the dispassionate checklist that we all are trying to avoid.