Always Remember Him

I haven’t written in a while, I’m not going to give some kind of recap of life or excuse. Let’s just continue on… 🙂

As I sat in church today, I kept thinking about the covenant we make each week in sacrament meeting: to always remember Him.

And I wondered why, why is it so important to always Remember the Savior?

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Getting outside helps me to remember Him

Now, this line of questioning is not out of doubt or disbelief. It is a way to seek more knowledge and understanding in my life. Why do we always remember Him?

One

We must always remember Christ because we have been commanded to.

Two

I happen to believe that God is not arbitrary and that each commandment serves some kind of real function.

As I pondered this thought – remember the Savior, I realized that we are commanded to always remember Him because it is the way. It is the secret to our success.

In 2 Nephi, we learn:

“And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” – 2 Nephi 31:20

After we first covenant with God in the waters of baptism, we aren’t done. We still have a life to live. We still must navigate the test of mortality.

Nephi tells us this. After baptism, all is not done. We must still rely on Christ’s ability to save us.

And we must do a few things: 1) Press forward with a steadfastness of Christ; 2) Have a perfect brightness of hope; 3) Have a love of God and of all men; 4) Press forward; 5) Feast on the words of Christ; 6) Endure to the end.

Then, we will have eternal life.

Now, think back on that promise made each week when partaking of the sacrament – to always remember Him.

In the covenant we make – to always remember God – we are given the help we need in order to do the 6 points needed in order to inherit life. Remembering Christ – ensures our steadfastness in Him; remembering Christ will help us to have a bright hope. Remembering Christ fills our hearts with love for Him and for others. Remembering Christ can help us to have the tenacity we need to push on and press forward in our lives. Remembering Christ will encourage us to feast on His words and stay close to Him. Remembering Christ helps us to endure to the end.

I love the elegance of God’s laws, commandments, and blessings. When we keep our covenants, we are empowered with exactly that which is needed for us to receive the gifts that God wants to give us.

What do you do to always remember Him?

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FHE – The Sacrament

Last night, Tiger and Panda teamed up to present Family Home Evening. Both of them are working on their Faith in God goals. One of the goals instructs them to teach a lesson on the Sacrament, and they decided to work on it together.

Together, Tiger and Panda planned and presented Family Home Evening.

The T-Rex had fun playing with a washrag. I love how he is entertained by basically anything.

Sasquatch listened happily. After the lesson, when it was announced that we’d be eating M&M’s, she gasped with delight…Silly girl.

We began the lesson by reading the sacrament prayers. We discussed the promises in this ordinance.
We promise to:

  • Take upon ourselves the name of Christ
  • Always Remember Him
  • Keep the commandments He has given us

In Return the Lord Promises:

  • We may always have His Spirit to be with us.

We then discussed ways that we can prepare for the sacrament, and what we can do during sacrament meeting.

It was a nice, FHE. I love to see what the girls come up with on their own. As I have usually found – for them, FHE is not always about the actual presentation of the lesson. They are blessed with good experiences as they research the subject and create a lesson. It was especially cool to see them working on it together. FHE is more than just the sum of its parts. The planning, the learning, and of course, the actual event all bless our families in so many ways.

For another FHE experience, be sure to check out Jocelyn’s Blog.

The Word of Wisdom – Pure Wine of the Grape (D&C 89:6)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the Word of Wisdom. I’m still studying it from time to time, though!

“And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.” – Doctrine and Covenants 89:6

In this verse, the Lord is talking about the wine that is to be used for the sacrament. We learn more insight on this subject through a cross reference to Doctrine and Covenants 27:1-14 (especially verse 3).

What we drink isn’t that important when partaking of the sacrament. What is of utmost importance is how we worship. Now, this is not an excuse to go off and do whatever you want for sacrament. There is an order to everything, and we should partake of the sacrament exactly how the Lord has instructed us. However, we also shouldn’t worry so much when the Lord changes a detail like – what we drink. He teaches Joseph Smith that what is of utmost importance when partaking the sacrament is that we do it with an eye single to the Lord – Remembering that it was the body of Christ that was laid down and His blood that was shed for us.

As for the wine – The Lord instructs Joseph not to buy the wine from others anymore. There were many people who wanted to kill Joseph Smith and the other Latter-day Saints. The Lord preserved them by having them prepare their own wine for the sacrament.

Now, we don’t really use anything but water for the sacrament. This is what the Lord has taught us as far as the sacrament goes – for now. We have been taught that there will be a time when the saints will again partake of the Sacrament with the Lord and other past saints. Who knows what will happen then.

As for now, though, we know that it doesn’t matter – water, wine, whatever. We do what God has commanded. Here, the Lord talks about having “pure” wine. Even more importantly, we need to have a pure heart – with an eye single to the Glory of our Savior. What we eat or drink isn’t that important. These are merely symbols – of the grace and mercy that we can experience through Christ’s atonement.

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