“O man, remember, and perish not.” Mosiah 4:30
Remembering is essential to our spiritual growth.There are so many precious moments in one’s life that should be remembered. And it’s not just for the sake of reminiscing. It plays an important role in keeping our relationships and faith stronger. It helps us appreciate the blessings we enjoy and it gets us through challenging times.
In the Book of Mormon, there are a lot of examples that show how remembering lead to one’s spiritual rescue. One example is Enos, who had his own spiritual battle and it was the memory of his father’s teachings that helped him turn to the Lord. In Enos 1:3 he said, “…the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.”
Another example is in Alma 36. When Alma was sharing his conversion story with his son Helaman, he stated how he remembered the teachings of his father during the time he was struck by the power of the Lord. In verse 17, “…I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world.”
There are many more examples in the scriptures that illustrates the power of remembering. Great spiritual strength is given to us when we keep the covenant we made to always remember the Savior. We do this by the small and simple things we do each day like scripture study and prayer.
As we celebrate this Christmas season, may we all take the time to remember the reason for this season and ponder in our hearts the blessings we have received through Him. And by doing so, may we find the courage to live better each day and be constantly reminded of to be more like Him.