7 And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you. And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you….
11 And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
(3 Nephi 18:7, 11)
What is the key to consistently enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost? It is to always remember the Savior. Remembering Him consistently is the key.
After teaching the people, healing their sick, and blessing their children, the Savior ended the first day of His visit to the American continent by giving some instructions about how to worship. The purpose of these instructions was to help them remember what they had seen and felt when they were in His presence. Specifically, He instructed them to:
- Partake of bread and wine in remembrance of His body and blood (v. 1-14)
- Pray always, including at church and in their families (v. 15-21)
- Meet together often, and turn no one away from their meetings (v. 22-25)
In the passage above, we learn why He wanted them to establish these habits. They had participated in an extraordinary event, which they would never forget. To see the Savior descend from heaven, to touch the wounds in His hands and feet, and to hear Him teach the gospel–this certain knowledge that He was their Savior and Redeemer would surely remain with them for the remainder of their lives.
But our memories do fade. Even if we remember the facts of an experience, we don’t always retain the feeling. Our memory of even important events can become less vivid, and their impact on our daily decisions can weaken. We need to proactively engage in activities which help us remember. We need to remember not only facts but also emotions and commitments.
Earlier this year, Elder Claudio D. Zivic observed:
Even those who have had powerful spiritual experiences and have given faithful service could one day go astray or fall into inactivity if they do not endure to the end.
He suggested a formula that would help us maintain our commitment to the gospel over time:
- Pray and read the scriptures every day.
- Attend sacrament meeting every week.
- Pay our tithing and fast offerings.
- Renew our temple recommend every two years.
- Serve in the church throughout our lives.
(“He That Shall Endure unto the End, the Same Shall Be Saved,” General Conference, April 2018)
Today, I will recommit to participating consistently in activities which remind me of the Savior. I will strive to make these activities meaningful, to let them remind me of feelings I have had and commitments I have made. I will remember the Savior’s promise that, if I always remember Him, I will have His Spirit to be with me.