this my response to a email president Barrow sent me and asked me to read these three scriptures about remembering. I wntd to chare it withyou all today.
President Barrow!When i read Alma 5:6 I tried to 'liken' it unto me and inserted my name in the verse. and I feel it gravely importnat to always remeber my own captivity. I must always remeber the Mercy and Long Suffering that the Lord has so kindly extended towards me day in and day out. Most of all i must always remember that he has indeed "redeemed [my] soul from hell". If i forget that i will quickly find myself back where i started. and that is nowhere to be foudn in my post-mission plans.
When i read Helaman 5:9 i was reminded yet again that ONLY through Christ we can return to the father. ONLY by following him will we find "peace in this life and Eternal Life in the life to come". And I must spend my life trying to help others come unto him, becasue everything else is pale in comparison.
When i read Moroni 10:3 i thought about why Moroni in that verse is exhorting us to remeber how merciful the Lord is? in 'moroni's promise' the Lord couldhave put anything he wanted to say, why then, did he counsel us to remember how merciful he is? i think it is because alot of people on the road to truth soon come to know that they "are nothing, which thing [they] never had supposed", and that is a pretty stressful situation coupled with guilt, shame, and probably a mountain of discouragement that can only be moved by faith. I think it is a loving reminder to us, that God is not here to hand our past over our head all they days of out lives. he is here to help us, to love us, and to guide us back to our heavenly home.
I am so greatful for the mercied of the Lord. the Great ones and the Tender ones. without them i would surely fail.