“What? They have never heard the story of the birth of Jesus?” my son asked as we are read “The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever” as a family. In the story the Hurdman children, a poor, fatherless family wanted to join the Christmas Pageant and wanted to be the main characters. At the first rehearsal they asked many, many questions about the story. Finally the director read the story to them from the Bible to help them see the whole picture. They still had more questions. My sweet son was very concerned why they had never heard the story before. “Did they just forget it, mom?” I answered him with a question, “Have you ever forgotten the Christmas story?” “No” “Can you remember something you’ve never learned?” …Silence. I love when pondering happens. We spent the rest of the time doing a word study on Remember.
Teake went to the 1828 Dictionary, “to have in the mind an idea which had been in the mind before and which recurs to the mind without effort.” We learned that anciently recollect used to mean “using effort to recall an idea.” Today we interchange these meanings. We took time to think of things that took little to effort in remembering and things that took a lot of effort of recollect. It was a fun activity.
In pondering more I remembered (pun intended :)) the “Remember Cycle” We promise to “remember Him” in the sacrament covenant and we are promised to “always have the spirit” and the Holy Ghost “brings all things to our remembrance.”
The word remember is found in the Book of Mormon 157 times and the word recollect is only once. Since the language of the Book of Mormon was translated at the time the 1828 dictionary was written I believe the word remember is more about this first meaning of “recurs to the mind without effort.” When Helaman (Helaman 5) spoke to his sons about remembering their names and that the good works of their name sakes would come to mind without effort.
What comes to your mind without effort?
We haven’t finished the book, but we are sure that the Herdman’s will remember without effort the birth of Jesus for the rest of their lives.
We are the only nation that celebrates our holy day on a Thursday. As I listened to “They Saw our Day” by Lance Richardson of the American Family Institution I heard him talk about a specific quatrain of Nostradamus where he mentioned a nation that “will celebrate Thursday as his holiday.” Lance researched the other nations and could not find any other nation that celebrated on Thursday other than The United States of America. The quatrain continued saying that America will “bring trouble to” or come out conqueror against “the East” Europe, Asia and Africa. This idea of being the only nation that celebrates on a Thursday intrigued me, so, of course, I researched it.
I discovered that the Council in 1676 sent out a proclamation setting apart the 29th of June as a day of giving thanks. Then George Washington, as president, in 1789 wrote the “Proclamation. A National Thanksgiving … assigning Thursday the 26th of November to be devoted … to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Then in 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote the “1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation.” which states:
It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.
Whether or not Nostradamus’ prediction was about America and her Thursday holy day I believe God had his hand in selecting this day. How grateful I am for amazing national leaders that set apart a special day for us to gather as with one heart and one voice to give thanks and “supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions.”
May we as a nation remember the providence of God in our individual, family and national lives.
What do you do to celebrate Fall, the change of seasons?
My family and I celebrated by filling small vials with water and sitting around the table with different colors of food coloring. We talked about change and our what changes we wanted to make in ourselves this next year. We also talked about our weaknesses and which ones we wanted Christ to change for us. Then we put in one drop of coloring (no more than 3) for every weakness we were giving him to change.
We traveled up the canyon to the river and dumped out our water and watched it disappear symbolic of Christ taking our weaknesses and changing them to strengths. We then filled our vials with the pure, clear water and brought it home. Each of my kids put their on their dresser to view each day as a reminder that Christ can change us into something better, clearer just as he cleared the water.
You are a creator of change with every breath you take. You breath in cool air and warm it and blow it back out. You do that. You make that change with every breath. God created the world and you to be in a constant cycle of change, why not celebrate it?