During his last meeting with His apostles, the Savior introduced the sacrament to take the place of sacrifice. We partake of the sacrament each week so that we will not forget. Brigham Young asked, “Is this custom (the sacrament) necessary? Yes, because we are so liable to forget.” Our Heavenly Father also knows that we are quick to forget. When the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River, he asked that each tribe take a stone from the river and place it where everyone could see it and remember that the Lord had delivered them. The feast of the Passover was also meant as a reminder that the destroying angel had passed over them. The Lord said, “This day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations.” (Exodus 12:14)
The sacrament was also instituted as a reminder. “This do in remembrance of me… For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:24,26) President Brigham Young taught, “It is one of the greatest blessings we could enjoy, to come before the Lord, and before the angels, and before each other, to witness that we remember that the Lord Jesus Christ died for us.”
Elder Tad R. Callister said, “Somehow the very act of remembering the Savior and reflecting upon his life is, in and of itself, a catalyst for goodness. It must be difficult if not impossible to genuinely reflect upon the Savior’s life and simultaneously do evil. That would be tantamount to asking someone to step forward and step backward at the same time. Each time we pause to meditate upon the Savior, we take a spiritual step forward.
Let us always follow the words of Helaman, “Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation…a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”