Memorizing First Lessons

Sometimes a teacher questions whether or not the pupils should be expected to commit to memory the passages designated in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy as their first lessons— namely: the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation given on pages 16 and 17 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and the Beatitudes. (See Sect. 3 of Art. XX.) No one questions whether one should become letter-perfect in memorizing the Lord's Prayer, and it is generally felt that the other portions of the first lessons should be so learned. These are basic lessons in divine law, and when committed to memory, they are readily available throughout one's entire human experience as a standard for thought and action. And their significance and efficacy continue to unfold with application.

The following accounts show how several teachers have helped their pupils to learn the first lessons. One teacher writes:

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