- I was supposed to record for my children to read, someday in the future, how I had seen the hand of God blessing our family.
He did this by taking personal time before bed to reflect on the events of his day. The results were far more than he had anticipated.
- As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.
- More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.
- My point is to urge you to find ways to recognize and remember God’s kindness. It will build our testimonies. You may not keep a journal. You may not share whatever record you keep with those you love and serve. But you and they will be blessed as you remember what the Lord has done. You remember that song we sometimes sing: “Count your many blessings; name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
He tells us that someone that the Lord blesses abundantly at times starts to take their blessings for granted and think their success comes from something they personally are responsible for.
- The challenge to remember has always been the hardest for those who are blessed abundantly.
- It is easy to begin to feel the blessings were granted not by a loving God on whom we depend but by our own powers.
He points out that those that are blessed abundantly are not the only ones that forget God. It is also those that have major trials in their life.
- Sadly, prosperity is not the only reason people forget God. It can also be hard to remember Him when our lives go badly. When we struggle, as so many do, in grinding poverty or when our enemies prevail against us or when sickness is not healed, the enemy of our souls can send his evil message that there is no God or that if He exists He does not care about us. Then it can be hard for the Holy Ghost to bring to our remembrance the lifetime of blessings the Lord has given us from our infancy and in the midst of our distress.
He tells us that the key to keeping a proper perspective is found in receiving the Holy Ghost and a companion. The Holy Ghost will help us remember what God has done for us in our lives.
- The key to the remembering that brings and maintains testimony is receiving the Holy Ghost as a companion. It is the Holy Ghost who helps us see what God has done for us. It is the Holy Ghost who can help those we serve to see what God has done for them.
He details out the specific ways the Holy Ghost can help us. The Holy Ghost is real and leads us to make proper choices in our lives.
- Even before people receive the right to the gifts of the Holy Ghost, when they are confirmed as members of the Church, and even before the Holy Ghost confirms truth to them before baptism, they have spiritual experiences. The Spirit of Christ has already, from their childhood, invited them to do good and warned them against evil. They have memories of those experiences even if they have not recognized their source. That memory will come back to them as missionaries or we teach them the word of God and they hear it. They will remember the feeling of joy or sorrow when they are taught the truths of the gospel. And that memory of the Spirit of Christ will soften their hearts to allow the Holy Ghost to testify to them. That will lead them to keep commandments and want to take the name of the Savior upon them. And when they do, in the waters of baptism, and as they hear the words in confirmation “Receive the Holy Ghost” spoken by an authorized servant of God, the power to always remember God will be increased.
He gives us specific instruction on what we can do now to help us remember God more in our lives.
- Tonight, and tomorrow night, you might pray and ponder, asking the questions: Did God send a message that was just for me? Did I see His hand in my life or the lives of my children? I will do that. And then I will find a way to preserve that memory for the day that I, and those that I love, will need to remember how much God loves us and how much we need Him. I testify that He loves us and blesses us, more than most of us have yet recognized. I know that is true, and it brings me joy to remember Him.
The instruction to remember is found all through the scriptures. The church has many historical sites across the world to help us remember the events that happened there and to reflect on the way the Lord helped His people. Every summer church groups across the world participate in trek so they can reflect on the sacrifice made by our ancestors. The Lord wants us to reflect on the way He has blessed us. I love the idea that we write it down. That is a good use for a journal a great way to reflect in the future on the blessings we have seen in our lives in the past. This will help build our faith in God, and our assurance that He is active in our lives. Our challenge is to recognize the hand of God in all things.