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Elder D. Todd Christofferson counsels how to look to the Savior for help

In an address to Brigham Young University-Idaho students Jan. 27 in the Hart Auditorium, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught three aspects of remembering the Savior.

"I would like today to elaborate with you what it means to 'always remember him,' Elder Christofferson said, quoting from Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79. "I will mention three aspects of remembering Him: first, seeking to know and follow His will; second, recognizing and accepting our obligation to answer to Christ for every thought, word and action; and third, living with faith and without fear in the realization that we can always look to the Savior for the help we need," Elder Christofferson said.

Seek to know and follow the will of Christ just as He sought the will of the Father.

"Remembering the Lord certainly means doing His will," Elder Christofferson said. "The sacramental blessing on the bread commits us to be willing to take upon us the name of the Son, 'and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given [us]' (Doctrine and Covenants 20:77). It would also be appropriate to read this covenant as 'always remember him and keep his commandments.' This is how He always remembered the Father. As He said, 'I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me' ?" (John 5:30).

We answer to Christ for every thought, word and action.

"A second aspect of always remembering the Redeemer is to live conscious of the responsibility we have to answer to Him for our lives," Elder Christofferson said. "All that justice could demand of us for our sins, He has paid by His suffering and death in Gethsemane and on Golgotha. He therefore stands in the place of justice. . . . Our debts and obligations now run to Jesus Christ. . . . That judgment, He states, is based on our works. The especially 'good news' of His gospel is that He offers the gift of forgiveness conditioned on our repentance."

Elder Christoferson greeets Maudeline Agenor (white coat) who is currently majoring in Sociology.  With her is Princesse Desrose majoring in Health Science.  They both are from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Elder Christoferson greeets Maudeline Agenor (white coat) who is currently majoring in Sociology. With her is Princesse Desrose majoring in Health Science. They both are from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Photo: Photo By Mike Lewis

We need not fear since we can lookto the Savior for help we need.

Elder Christofferson used the Lord's counsel to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 6:33-37, to illustrate the principle of looking the Savior for needed help.

"Looking unto the Savior 'in every thought' is, of course, another way of saying 'always remember him.' As we do, we need not doubt or fear. He reminded Joseph and Oliver as He reminds us that through His Atonement He has been given all power in heaven and earth and has both the capacity and will to protect us and minister to our needs — 'Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet.' We need only be faithful and we can rely implicitly on Him."

Elder Christofferson's wife, Sister Katherine J. Christofferson spoke later in the evening at a fireside for female employees, wives of employees, past and present; wives of university stake presidencies and bishoprics; and university stake relief society presidencies.

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