It had been at least 40 years since Lehi’s family left Jerusalem. They were in a strange new land, half a world away from Jerusalem and the rest of God’s covenant people. Lehi had died, and his posterity had already started what would become a centuries-long contention between the Nephites—“who believed in the warnings and the revelations of God”—and the Lamanites, who did not (2 Nephi 5:6). In these circumstances, Jacob, who was Nephi’s younger brother and now ordained as a teacher for the Nephites, wanted the covenant people to know that God would never forget them, so they must never forget Him. This is a message we surely need in our own world, where covenants are belittled and revelation rejected. “Let us remember him, … for we are not cast off. … Great are the promises of the Lord,” he declared (2 Nephi 10:20–21). Among those promises, none is greater than the promise of an “infinite atonement” to overcome death and hell (2 Nephi 9:7). “Therefore,” Jacob concluded, “cheer up your hearts”! (2 Nephi 10:23).
“It may soon come to pass that you sir, and all our friends may perceive that you are walking in the light of a fire and sparks that you yourselves have kindled, and that you may turn around and fear the lord, obey the voice of his servant and thereby escape the sentence, “ye shall lie down in sorrow.” History of the church volume IV page 6
President Spencer W. Kimball said:
“When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be ‘remember.’ Because all of [us] have made covenants…our greatest need is to remember. That is why everyone goes to sacrament meeting every Sabbath day—to take the sacrament and listen to the priests pray that [we] ‘may always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given [us].’ … ‘Remember’ is the word