Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Always Remember Him

Both sacrament prayers reference the idea of always remembering the Lord.  I believe "remembering" Him has a lot more to do with prioritizing, obeying, and exercising faith in, than it does trying to keep your conscious attention on Him while trying to do other things.  Not sure we could accomplish that anyway.  However keeping him in priority, obeying, and loving above all else is possible.  Because you can still take care of the duties of your life, which require your conscious attention while yet still remembering Him.  

Moroni 4:3 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.


Notice in the prayer. You are witnesses to the Father your willingness to do certain things. It is not a statement of having accomplished things, but a statement of willingness.

Moroni 5:2 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The difference in this prayer is meaningful. No longer is it a matter of witnessing to the Father a willingness, instead you are witnessing what you have done… what you have accomplished. Essentially you witness that you have offered up everything the Lord has asked of you – even that which is most dear to you – and thus you do in fact always remember Him. You prioritize His will, you have no other Gods before him, and you do indeed remember and love him. At this point there is no longer anything outside of yourself that could compel you to turn.  Wine is such a better symbol than water.

What other being is there in the universe that would merit "always remembering"?  How tragic if one lost belief or faith in such a being. Once you encounter Him, you cant help but always remember. It leaves such an impression on your soul, as to fundamentally alter your perception ever after.  There is such a being worth always remembering.  Don't let doubt, foolish religious traditions, or lack of faith keep you from seeking this Jesus of whom the prophets have testified.                 

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