Thursday, March 12, 2015

Remember Your Name! - MM

I was reading in Helaman 5 in The Book of Mormon, and Helaman gives specific instructions to his sons, Nephi and Lehi, to remember their names. I thought for awhile of how that relates to many of us. I know that in many cultures, bearing our last name is of high honor and that it is very important to keep your last name of the highest standard. Even during The Book of Mormon time, names were very important. I was reading in the institute manual to get more information of what it means to remember our names. I came across a quote that President George Albert Smith said:
“One day … I lost consciousness of my surroundings and thought I had passed to the Other Side. I found myself standing with my back to a large and beautiful lake, facing a great forest of trees. …
“I began to explore, and soon I found a trail through the woods which seemed to have been used very little, and which was almost obscured by grass. I followed this trail, and after I had walked for some time and had traveled a considerable distance through the forest, I saw a man coming towards me. I became aware that he was a very large man, and I hurried my steps to reach him, because I recognized him as my grandfather. In mortality he weighed over three hundred pounds, so you may know he was a large man. I remember how happy I was to see him coming. I had been given his name and had always been proud of it.
“When Grandfather came within a few feet of me, he stopped. His stopping was an invitation for me to stop. Then—and this I would like the boys and girls and young people never to forget—he looked at me very earnestly and said:
“‘I would like to know what you have done with my name.’
“Everything I had ever done passed before me as though it were a flying picture on a screen—everything I had done. Quickly this vivid retrospect came down to the very time I was standing there. My whole life had passed before me. I smiled and looked at my grandfather and said:
“‘I have never done anything with your name of which you need be ashamed.’
“He stepped forward and took me in his arms, and as he did so, I became conscious again of my earthly surroundings. My pillow was as wet as though water had been poured on it—wet with tears of gratitude that I could answer unashamed.

Zacharias tells the people that his son’s name will be John
“I have thought of this many times, and I want to tell you that I have been trying, more than ever since that time, to take care of that name. So I want to say to the boys and girls, to the young men and women, to the youth of the Church and of all the world: Honor your fathers and your mothers. Honor the names that you bear, because some day you will have the privilege and the obligation of reporting to them (and to your Father in heaven) what you have done with their name” (“Your Good Name,” Improvement Era, Mar. 1947, 139).

Just like what President George Albert Smith says, we will one day have that privilege to report of what we have done with the name we were given, I know that by following God's commandments and doing His will, we will find ourselves confident in front of His throne and we will gladly and eagerly proclaim our lives unto Him. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of us, and He is eagerly awaiting to hear what things we have done with our names.

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