Why a component of a BYU course is a ‘vain repetition’

Said Jesus: “use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do.”

But that’s what’s happening at BYU-Idaho, an LDS Church-owned school.

As is written in “Nearing Kolob“:

BYU-Idaho Has Codified "Vain Repetitions" of the Proclamation
This is the cover to the BYU-Idaho course that includes memorizing the LDS Church’s document “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

Changes were made to the Foundations courses at BYU-(Idaho) for the 2015-2016 year. A description for the “Eternal Truths” courses says (emphasise mine):

Changes were made to the Foundations courses at BYU-I for th 2015-2016 year. A description for the “Eternal Truths” courses says (emphasise mine):

The Eternal Truths requirement is being modified to include three new courses: Foundations of the Restoration (FDREL 225), Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel (FDREL 250), and Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon (FDREL 275). The Family Foundations course (FDREL 200) will be renamed The Eternal Family. These cornerstone courses will comprise the core of the religion requirement. In addition to these four courses, students will take an additional six credits of religion courses for a bachelor’s degree.

What is this course now called “The Eternal Family?” Read a description here. The following is what the course entails:

BYU-Idaho Has Codified "Vain Repetitions" of the Proclamation

So, everyone that takes this course it required to memorized the Proclamation. And, as seen below, everyone has to take the course.

BYU-Idaho Has Codified "Vain Repetitions" of the Proclamation

So, every single who wants to graduate from BYU-I has to memorize the Proclamation and repeat it back a professor (memorization of the Proclamation in this course goes back to at last Spring 2012, cached version here) , essentially as a vain repetition. Remember what Jesus said about vain repetitions?

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

(Sure, Jesus is talking about vain repetitions in pray, but it’s a step towards that :) ).

And we don’t even know how the Proclamation was written.

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Published by: Rhett Wilkinson

Rhett is an evil journalist. At nine years old, Rhett wrote about Han Solo and Princess Leia getting married and having kids and a child named Ben. And also, Luke building a new Jedi Order and a New Republic being established. That all happened in the books or films, so he's still waiting for Lucasfilm to pay up!

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