Journey through the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 4 (Retain in Remembrance)

11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.

I love King Benjamin’s description of both the joys that the Gospel brings into the believer’s life and what we must do to maintain that feeling. Benjamin understood that knowing Christ and being a member of his Church brings exceedingly great joy. Tasting of his love allows us to experience a remission of sins and true peace.

The key to retaining that feeling is  nothing more than simple humility. We must remember that we are dependent on God for grace. We must retain our dependence and call on him in daily prayer. We must truly believe in the promises of God. If this seems simple, its because it is. Yet, it is also deceptively difficult to do. For the natural man wants to rely on his own strength. Humility and turning to God are anathama. And so the struggle to retain the joy we felt when converted remains. The natural man must be overcome through the spirit.

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