Take His Name

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(This is an excerpt from the chapter "Day Two: Take His Name" in the book 21 Days Closer to Christ.)

By partaking of the sacrament we covenant that we are willing to take upon us the name of His Son, and always remember Him, especially in our daily walk and conversation (see D&C 20:77). Think over some of the situations you encoun­tered during the past week. Were your actions consistent with the covenant you have made? Were you able to always remember Him? How did you represent His name?

Each of my children was named after someone they can look up to. My hus­band, Greg, and I felt just as Helaman did when he explained to his sons Lehi and Nephi, “Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good. Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them” (Hel. 5:6–7). Our children enjoy hearing the stories behind their names and the qualities we admire about the person they were named after.

In our home we have a quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley that hangs just above our front door. It reads, “Be true to who you are, and the family name you bear.” Shortly after we hung the quote we talked about what it meant to be true to a name. We wanted our children to be reminded every time they walked out of our door that everything they do outside our home represents the entire family. Their choices determine whether or not they bring honor to our family, and also to the person they were named after. Then we talked of another impor­tant name that each of us has been given. This is the name of Jesus Christ. King Benjamin said, “Therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ. . . . And it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall be found at the right hand of God, for he shall know the name by which he is called; for he shall be called by the name of Christ” (Mosiah 5:8–9).

Taking the name of Jesus Christ helps each of us to remember Him. As we come to know the Savior through different situations, we might find ourselves remembering Him by different names that endear Him to us. Among others, we may consider Him as a Brother, a Friend, a Healer, or an Advocate. The names of the Savior can become names that we reflect on often, to bring us comfort and calm in times of trial, peace and hope in times of trouble, and courage and strength to always stand as His witnesses. We can concentrate on the meaning of these different names every week as we take the sacrament.

Renewing and keeping this covenant weekly enables us to receive a wonderful blessing. Elder Robert D. Hales explains that when we take “His name and always remember Him and keep His commandments, He gives us the greatest blessing He can give us: that is to always have His Spirit to be with us” (“In Remembrance of Jesus,” Ensign, Nov. 1997, 25).

Just as the disciples did in the time of Christ, we can consecrate our lives to serve the Lord. It might be in the words we speak, the service we render, or the promptings we follow. Today make it a priority to bear burdens, give comfort, and stand as a witness.

Try to remember Him always.

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