Remembering — and forgetting — are “part of our eternal journey,” said Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Presidency of the Seventy. “Time, agency, and memory help us learn, grow, and increase in faith.”
Speaking Sunday afternoon, Elder Gong said that each week, in partaking of the sacrament, Church members covenant to always remember their Savior Jesus Christ.
Drawing on a few of the more than 400 scripture references to the word "remember," Elder Gong then shared six ways Latter-day Saints can always remember Him.
"First, we can always remember Him by having confidence in His covenants, promises, and assurances,” said Elder Gong.
“The Lord remembers His everlasting covenants. The Lord remembers His promises. The Lord remembers and assures nations and peoples. ...”
"Second, we can always remember Him by gratefully acknowledging His hand throughout our lives.”
The Lord’s hand is often clearest in hindsight, Elder Gong said.
"Third, we can always remember Him by trusting when the Lord assures us ‘he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more’" (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42).
To be worthy does not mean to be perfect, said Elder Gong. “His plan of happiness invites us to be humbly at peace on our life’s journey to someday become perfected in Christ, not constantly worried, frustrated, or unhappy in our imperfections today.”
Fourth, “He invites us to remember that He always welcomes us home,” Elder Gong said.
Prophets ancient and modern “implore us not to let human foibles, faults, or weaknesses — others’ or our own — cause us to miss the truths, covenants, and redeeming power in His restored gospel.”
Fifth, Elder Gong said, “We can always remember Him on the Sabbath through the sacrament.”
In the ordinance of the sacrament, Latter-day Saints witness unto God the Father that they are willing to take upon them the name of His Son and always remember Him and keep His commandments, he said.
"Sixth, our Savior invites us to always remember Him as He always remembers us."
Elder Gong said, “Our Savior declares, ‘Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee’” (1 Nephi 21:15).
Concluding, Elder Gong said, “I humbly testify, and pray, that we will always remember Him — in all times, all things, and all places that we may be in.”
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