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Speeches and talks[edit]

  • Spencer W. Kimball:
“When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be ‘remember.’ Because all of [us] have made covenants … our greatest need is to remember. That is why everyone goes to sacrament meeting every Sabbath day—to take the sacrament and listen to the priests pray that [we] ‘… may always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given [us].’ … ‘Remember’ is the word” (Circles of Exaltation [address to religious educators, Brigham Young University, 28 June 1968], 8—as quoted in the Gospel Doctrine teacher's manual for Helaman 5, Lesson 33.)
  • Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency
I'm certain that each of you has felt, at one time or another, encircled in Christ's arms. But if you are like me, there are times when you are fearful, when the stress and busyness of life seem to overwhelm you, when you feel adrift from the Spirit. Perhaps you even feel as though you have been abandoned. When I encounter those feelings, the best antidote is my memory of the moments when Christ's peace has come to strengthen me. So tonight I invite you to remember with me what it is to feel the Lord's love in your life and to feel encircled in His arms ("Remembering the Lord’s Love," Ensign, Nov 2006, pp. 111–12).
  • "Remember, Remember" by Dennis B. Neunschwander (Devotional address given at Brigham Young University on 12 November 2002)
This repetitious scriptural reminder to remember takes on added significance when we understand that in Hebrew the word remember has a much broader meaning than does the English connotation of "keeping something in mind." In the Hebrew context, "doing" is an essential part of the remembering process. Thus, "to remember" is "to do," whereas "forgetting" is "failing to do."
Yet, how quickly we forget. The word remember is used in the Book of Mormon 136 times—which is not surprising in the story of a people with roller-coaster spirituality who experienced visions and miracles, only to forget with lightning speed what they knew and had felt. Repeatedly they were admonished to remember the covenants they had made, to remember the purpose for their existence, and to remember the greatness of the Holy One of Israel (2 Ne 9:40). Helaman's last words to his sons included this powerful counsel: "Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation" (Hel 5:12).
And it's no wonder. They and we face the same challenge—that of maintaining an eternal, spiritual focus in a temporary, temporal world. One of the business magazines that comes to my office publishes a special edition each summer called The Good Life. This summer's edition features articles about everything from exotic vacation hideaways to one-of-a-kind designer clothes. With the exception of a few scantily clad models showing off the latest in scuba gear, there is nothing offensive in the magazine. Nothing, that is, except for its basic premise, which is at least a distraction if not an out-and-out lie, because it suggests that the good life can be purchased with money and that material pleasures bring happiness.
It's not that there is anything wrong with enjoying the finer products this world has to offer—unless they become our object. Or unless we come to believe that they are the source of joy. It won't surprise you that I found no mention of the fruits of the Spirit or the Savior's healing balm in this magazine. I found myself wondering which expensive suit of clothing or which island bungalow would help you if your heart were breaking or if you longed for a feeling of peace. Which is why we are counseled to "fast and pray oft" (Hel 3:35), and to pray "continually without ceasing" (Alma 26:22), that the purpose of life and the knowledge of the Redeemer will never be far from our minds. Weekly we partake of the sacrament to renew our covenant to "always remember" the Lord (Moro 4:3; 5:2). Imagine how our perspective and behavior would be affected if we always remembered Him, because remembering the Lord and remembering who we are seem to be inseparably connected.
In The Lion King, the lion cub Simba forsakes his heritage and turns to riotous living after the death of his father, Mufasa. But when that lifestyle fails to satisfy his inner self, Simba turns to the heavens in a moment of desperation. His father responds by appearing to him, and after listening to Simba try to justify his behavior, Mufasa delivers profound parting words: "You have forgotten who you are, because you have forgotten me."
As our testimony of God the Father and His Son Christ expands and matures, our view of ourselves and our potential does likewise, and we begin to focus more on life forever than life today. But when we forget our Father and His Son, we forget who we are, and almost inevitably our behavior disappoints us.

OT Scriptures[edit]

  • Ex 13:3: Moses admonishes the Israelites to remember the day they were delivered from Egypt. This is the first time mankind is admonished to remember (earlier usages are about God remembering mankind in some manner).
  • Ex 17:14: Moses is commanded to write down a curse against the Amalakites "for a memorial"; then Moses builds an alter.
  • Deuteronomy. See OT Lesson 17 for the theme remembering God in Deut 6; 8; 11.
  • Joshua: The children of Israel erect a memorial after crossing the River Jordan (cf. Josh 4).
  • Judges: The Israelites fail to teach their children about God and lose God's favor during the reign of the judges (cf. Judg 2:10).

NT Scriptures[edit]

  • James 1:23-25 Be not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work.

BOM Scriptures[edit]

  • Mosiah 4:30. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.
  • Hel 5:5-14 uses remember 15 times...