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5 Ways to Avoid 'Vain Repetition' when Blessing Food

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve been taught all my life to avoid repetitive phrases when praying to Heavenly Father, yet sometimes I catch myself doing it. The worst culprit for me is mealtime prayers, so I brainstormed a little bit about how to avoid repetitive phrases when blessing the food.

1. Slow Down.

Sometimes when blessing the food, we are quite hungry, so it’s easy to say a fast prayer. Before blessing the food, we should take a deep breath, and pray with a slightly slower pace. Pause briefly between sentences. The food will still be warm and tasty and fresh, and the prayer will be more sincere if not said quickly.

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