My son interrupts her description with details of his favorite knife he got on his eight birthday. “Oh that was a good birthday, I sure wish I didn’t lose that knife,” he laments. There is continual laughter as more gifts from the past are remembered.
Remembering. What magic happens when one remembers a happy experience long past? If my kids are cranky, or tired, all I have to do is play a few ‘home movies’ of their family many years younger and the grumbles turn to grins. Even I feel a surge of endorphines when I gaze at pictures of my big kids shrunk small.
Elder Eyring recalled a time in his life when he felt impressed to notice the Lord’s hand in his life and record them in a journal. He expressed his surprise at the realization that the Lord was intimately involved in all areas of his life, blessing him abundantly. Through the process of noticing God’s hand and writing down the blessings he obtained, his testimony was strengthened.
He states :
[F]ind ways to recognize and remember God’s kindness. It will build our testimonies. . . .It won’t be easy to remember. . .And the challenge to remember has always been the hardest for those who are blessed abundantly. . .[In the sacrement] We promise that we will always remember the Savior. We promise to take His name upon us. We promise to keep His commandments. And we are promised that if we do that, we will have His Spirit to be with us. Those promises work together in a wonderful way to strengthen our testimonies and in time, through the Atonement, to change our natures as we keep our part of the promise.
Today we learned that Easter is a time of remembering; a time to remember God and all his goodness;a time to remember our sins and repent of them; a time to remember covenants made; a time to remember the sacrifice that the Savior made for us so that we could one day return to him.
Merlin K Jensen eloquently taught :
Most importantly, we speak of the need to remember our Savior Jesus Christ and not just when convenient, but always, as He asks. We witness always to remember Him as we partake of the sacrament In return, we are promised His Spirit will always be with us. Interestingly, this is the same Spirit sent by our Heavenly Father to “bring all things to [our] remembrance.” Thus, by worthily receiving the sacrament, we are blessed by the Spirit to enter into a wonderfully beneficial circle of remembering, returning again and again in our thinking and devotion to Christ and His Atonement.
Coming unto Christ and being perfected in Him is, I believe, the ultimate purpose of all remembering. Therefore, I pray that God will bless us always to remember, especially His perfect Son, and perish not. I gratefully testify of Christ’s divinity and saving power.
This remembering him will bring us into a circle of remembering to remember, which in turn will strengthen our testimonies. Today, before the morning aged into noon, each of us sought our quiet corners to practice the LIVING CHRIST, write in our gratitude journals, and slip little white papers into our repentance box.
Afterwards we showed God that we remembered Him and the sacrifice of His son by decorating our home for this blessed season with decorations shining new with the desire to be remembered and worn old with memories of Easters past. As we did this, the sweet feeling of remembering settled into our hearts. (We decorated a little late due to our minds being focused on celebrating the priesthood and temple with two very special evenings for my oldest girl and oldest boy).