I find renewed enthusiasm for life and serving others when I make a conscious effort to remember the Savior. Just the thought of Him can lift me and motivate me to do better and to pay more attention to others' needs. This serves as a catalyst for a chain of good events in my life and the life of others. It is no wonder that when we partake of our sacrament we promise on a weekly basis to "always remember Him."
I remember walking to a new class in college years ago and being deeply concerned about my new work and class schedule, wondering how I was going to be able to manage it all, and feeling less and less hopeful and cheerful. Then I thought to think upon the Savior. As I made that effort, my heart lifted, peace and hope returned, and I walked into class quite a different person. That experience taught me of the importance of keeping our promise mentioned above.
I believe that coming unto Christ is often as simple as thinking about Him and that such simple things can have far-reaching effects in our lives. The Prophet Alma taught, "Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise."
I wish I could remember the rest of that day back in college. I imagine I encountered someone else who was struggling. I would like to think that I helped them in at least some small way - picking up a dropped paper, smiling, etc. Having had my heart lifted by thoughts of the Savior I am certain I was more cheerful to the people around me and helpful to them than I would have been otherwise.
We can make a lasting impact on the world as we make the effort to come unto Christ by remembering Him throughout our day. President Henry B. Eyring taught that “When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.” If we are thinking of Christ when we encounter someone in need we will be able and ready to meet those needs and we will serve them as He would serve them and become more like Him.
This blog shares my ongoing study of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my studies draw from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, as well as teachings of LDS Church leaders past and present, many of which are prophets and apostles. This site is not an official representation of Latter-day Saint doctrine and practice. For official sites, please visit www.lds.org or mormon.org.