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ALWAYS REMEMBER SAVIOR - THEN FOLLOW
SHOW HIM LOVE, LOYALTY AND GRATITUDE
COMPLY WITH TEACHINGS
RECEIVE HIS ORDINANCES

To "always remember" the Savior, as members of the Church covenant to do each week in partaking the sacrament, His teachings should be remembered and followed, Elder Dallin H. Oaks said Saturday afternoon.

"To remember means to keep in memory," Elder Oaks of the Council of the Twelve explained. "In the scriptures, it often means to keep a person in memory, together with associated emotions like love, loyalty and gratitude. The stronger the emotion, the more vivid and influential the memory."He then cited three examples of people his parents, a doctor who delivered his first child without charge, and teachers who were especially memorable to him, concluding each story with, "I will always remember them."

He related the reasons why he will always remember these persons to the reasons all should always remember Jesus Christ: "He is our Creator, our Redeemer and our Teacher.

Elder Oaks continued: ". . . He whom we should always remember is He who gave us mortal life, He who showed us the way to a happy life, and He who redeems us so we can have immortality and eternal life.

"His teachings and His example will guide and strengthen us in the way we should live." The effect of this, he said, is reflected in the words of a once popular song, "Try to remember, and if you remember, then follow."

Elder Oaks then listed some of the teachings that should be remembered and followed:

Serve as called. "Those who always remember Him will straightway assume and fulfill the responsibilities to which they are called by His servants."

Forgive others. "Among the things we should remember about the Savior is that there are things we should forget about our fellowmen the wrongs they have done us."

Receive ordinances. "As we remember Him, we should strive to assure that we and our family members and, indeed, all the sons and daughters of God everywhere, follow our Savior into the waters of baptism. This reminds each of us of our duties to proclaim the gospel, perfect the saints and redeem the dead."

Endure afflictions.

Love our neighbors. Elder Oaks singled out two specific groups of often-neglected neighbors single adult members of the Church and the non-LDS.

Describing the heartaches often felt by single members, Elder Oaks appealed for married couples to "go out of their way to include in their social circles brothers and sisters who have been deprived of that companionship."

He also described non-members who "find themselves excluded at best and ostracized at worst" in areas with large LDS populations.

Conceding that there are differences in lifestyles and standards between LDS and people of other faiths, Elder Oaks nevertheless said that "these differences are no excuse for ostracism, arrogance or unkindness by LDS people.

"We have been taught by the Lord Jesus Christ. We have been led by His prophets. We have received the sealing ordinances of His gospel. He has blessed us bounteously.

"As we remember all of this, we should also remember the divine caution: `For of him unto whom much is given much is required. . . .' " (D&C 82:3.)