I have been playing the piano since I was 5 years old. I took lessons for 13 years, up until I graduated from High School. My siblings and I all take lessons from the same teacher. Every year we had a recital where we showed off a piece that we had been working on for at least 8-12 months. These piano pieces were some of the hardest songs that we have ever played. I remember working and working on a song for what seemed like forever just to get it ready to perform at the recital. We had to memorize the songs, and that made it extra challenging to learn. Each of us practiced for 30-45 minutes every day, mainly working on our recital piece/pieces. The feeling of finally being able to play through the song with it being memorized is a feeling like no other!
Once the song is memorized, we work on polishing it. We play through it hundreds and hundreds of times to make sure we have the counting, notes, dynamics, and so many other things correct. The song becomes a part of us. We then go to the long-awaited recital and perform and feel so accomplished that we finally were able to play the song that we have been working on for so long.
After that, we stop practicing the recital piece. Slowly, we start to forget the song. We can’t remember the name or composer of it. We suddenly don’t have it memorized anymore, and it slips from our memory that the song was ever a part of us. Maybe here and there, we can play a line or two from the song, but eventually, we don’t remember it at all.
Just like how it is so easy to forgot the very song that we worked on for hours and hours and hours every day for months, sometimes we forget how important The Book of Mormon is. We learn about stories from the Book of Mormon all the time; at church, activities, family home evenings, Come Follow Me. We read about how important it is. We mark a favorite scripture, fold a corner down, draw a picture, circle a verse to remember what we learned and what we felt. We try to read it every day, but sometimes we miss, and once you miss reading The Book of Mormon for one day, suddenly it can become a week, a month, maybe more. When we stop “practicing” the Book of Mormon, we start to forget it.
Just like practicing and playing the piano, we need to be "practicing" and reading the scriptures. Getting into the habit of reading every day for a specific period of time or amount is essential. We need to not forget the lessons, feelings, and new things things that we have learned like we forget the recital piece that we have spent so much time on.
All that is easier said than done, but I know that just like how we can relearn a once forgotten piano piece, we can relearn and reread the scriptures. We can get back into those habits and remember what we once knew!
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