It Takes Work To Remember

Last night I went to sleep with a canker sore in my mouth that hurt so bad it seemed to define my existence. Today, I woke up and it was all healed. I had completely forgotten about it until I saw the numbing medicine on the counter.

Two months ago I was so tired of the irritation and work it took to have good sight and wear contacts that I was ready to pay nearly anything to avoid it. I had PRK surgery and now I don’t even remember what it was like to wear contacts. I don’t even realize I’m without the contact removal in my nightly routine.

Two weeks ago I wanted so badly to be in better tune with the Spirit so I could help a loved one in a time of need. I prayed fervently for it. Yesterday I caught myself thinking, “I guess it’s okay to skip one day of scripture study because I’m really making progress on this work project.”

My point is that humans are incredibly good at forgetting things that just recently were a big focus point in their lives. The scriptures are full of examples of “how quick the children of men do forget the Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one.”(ref) One of the saddest scriptures I know refers to the end of the thousands years that Christ will rule on this earth in righteousness and satan will be bound. After all that time with the Savior, the thousand years will end and men will “again begin to deny their God.” (ref) How is that even possible to forget after all that time?

I think that writing in your journal is the best way to fight our forgetful nature. But I also believe that remembrance is a gift of the Spirit that should be prayed for constantly….if we can remember to do it.


  1. Ay yi yi. Remebering is a hard thing for me. I really agree with the journal. I even write down times that I am so thankful for and in love with Nathan, because there are times that you KNOW I ain’t feelin the love so much.
    You can’t empathize but being pregnant is another big one. For me there is nothing as brutal, hard and trial-worthy as being pregnant. Emma’s pregnancy in particular was 9 months of grueling nausea. Mind altering at the least. Yet here I am again.

  2. what funny timing for this- as i just got on the computer I looked at our desktop picture and thought to myself that I can’t even remember what it feels like to have my pre-pregnancy body. How silly of me- i’ve been big now for only a few months and already i forget about the years and years of “normal” clothing sizes and a smaller waistline. thanks for the post. It brought me back to reality.

  3. this was a great post, Brian! I can’t remember where I was or who said it in WHAT scripture class, but this topic came up, and the instructor asked, what is it that Christ asks us to do? and I remember the simple answer was: remember.

    I’m an advocate for journal writing as well. My dad would drill it into me every chance he could. I’m so thankful for his efforts because now I’m trying to pursuade Mark to begin a journal. Thanks for your inspirational thoughts!

  4. I thought of this post during Henry B. Eyrings talk on Sunday morning. (1st talk). I could barely hear it over the violin.

  5. Stacey, I thought the same thing as President Eyring spoke. I was glad to hear his instruction because it has helped me find a better focus when I write each morning.

  6. Some days it is very easy for me to just say that I am too busy with all the kids and running around I need to do. But you 100% right…I need to be better and put the Lord first instead of all the laundry and dishes.
    I don’t see how anyone can deny Christ even right now. He gave his life for us! There are some days that I feel like I am not preparing my family enough for the 2nd coming…but I have to remember that I am human and that I can only spread myself so thin. But doing what the church tells us to will lead us back to Him…and I can’t wait for that day.
    Thank you for your blog. I always love your writing.

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