Hymn text by Mabel Jones Gabbott, 1910-2004. View the full text of this hymn.

As Christians, the most pivotal piece of doctrine we cling to is this: we have a Savior who died for us so that we can repent of our sins. Each of us needs that forgiving power, but how often do we really think about what that means? How often do we take the time to recognize what we have been given and what opportunities are afforded us because of the Savior’s sacrifice?

The Atonement needed to be meted out to us because there is no other way for us to become clean and to therefore be prepared to enter fully into the Lord’s presence. As Lehi teaches his son, Jacob, in 2 Nephi 2:7,

“Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.”

How great a love must the Savior have for us if He was willing to suffer,

“Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—(D&C 19:18).”

This hymn is a powerful plea to our Savior regarding this sacrifice. It is, as it states, a humble prayer, that we remember Him, that we have help to become like Him, and that, through the power of the sacrament, we take full advantage of the healing power of the Atonement, both for forgiveness from our sins and for the power to forgive others their sins.

There are two lines of text that stand out to me in that they indicate direct and specific prayers to the Lord. In the first verse, the text states: “Let me not forget, O Savior, Thou didst bleed and die for me …” and in the second, “Then, when we have proven worthy of thy sacrifice divine, Lord, let us regain thy presence.”

We are, essentially, asking that the Savior helps us to remember His sacrifice and to then do something about it by living up to that knowledge. After all, the ultimate goal is to regain His presence, or to “Let [His] glory round us shine.” And isn’t that the Savior’s ultimate goal as well, to have us in His presence, to have us return to our Father, and to receive all He would give us, if we have proven worthy?

“For those that live shall inherit the earth, and those that die shall rest from all their labors, and their works shall follow them; and they shall receive a crown in the mansions of my Father, which I have prepared for them (D&C 59:2).”

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