I have had a few thoughts percolating for the last few weeks and I am grateful for the opportunity to get them down.
As we progress through the Gospel, we are given many opportunities to enter into covenants with Heavenly Father.
The first comes through our partaking of the sacrament. As Christ instituted the sacrament, He gave it as a command, “Take, eat; … this do in remembrance of me.”
As we worthily partake of the sacrament, we are given commandments that as we follow, so will we be blessed. Last month, someone was speaking in my ward (I don’t remember well, as I was in the mother’s room and only listening in spurts), and this thought really stuck out to me: he explained that the water is blessed and sanctified, in the prayer, to help us remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and through that, that we may have the Holy Ghost with us. It is a physical manifestation of that blessing and by partaking of the water that has been so blessed, we are even physically blessing our bodies to help us with that remembrance process. I loved that thought.
The baptismal covenant is found in Mosiah 18:8-9. I have heard this many times before, but it has only been in the last 18 months that I have grown to truly understand what this means. Here is a handy short list that I took from lds.org:
At Baptism I Covenant with the Lord to:
- Come into the fold of God (become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ).
- Be called his son or daughter (take upon me the name of Christ).
- Bear others’ burdens, that they may be light; mourn with those that mourn; and comfort those in need of comfort (help others).
- Stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places (testify of Christ and set a good example at all times).
- Serve God and keep his commandments.
When I Keep My Baptismal Covenants the Lord Covenants to:
- Forgive my sins.
- Pour his Spirit more abundantly upon me (give me the companionship of the Holy Ghost).
- Redeem me that I might be numbered with those of the first resurrection and have eternal life (permit me to enter the celestial kingdom to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ).
As you may have noticed, I italicized one of those. Here in this community, we have a unique opportunity to sympathize and even empathize at times with others who are in similar situations. This often provides us the opportunity to mourn with and provide comfort one with another. I have been on both the receiving and the giving end of this recently. And though I wouldn’t wish some of my experiences on anyone, they have definitely provided me, and others, the opportunity to keep the covenants to which I have entered and allowed others the same.
I know there are many other covenants in the Gospel, and these are just two, but they are two of the ones that we probably talk about the most, and yet do we truly understand either of them. I am grateful for the learning I can do so regularly and hope that I have been able to provide you with some insights here are well. I also hope that you are able to better fulfill the covenants you have entered with our Lord, and therefore receive the blessings you are promised by so keeping them.