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The Double-Edged Sword of Forgetting




The ability to forget pain is a double-edged sword. Without the ability to forget pain, we would never have a second boyfriend. We would never have more than one child. We would never heal from physical and emotional wounds. We would never try again after we had failed. It is imperative that we forget pain in order to continue with life. It is one of the great blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we can be healed completely and move forward with life.

On the other hand, if we forget too thoroughly, we may become complacent in our blessings. The scriptures reminded us to “Remember, remember.” (Helaman 5:5, Helaman 5:12, Mosiah 2:41, D&C 3:3, etc.)


Then there is Satan. He tries to confuse us about what happens and what to remember. I was reading in third Nephi this morning. The inhabitants just experienced the day-night-day with no darkness. A new star appeared. All the signs were fulfilled according to prophecy. People rejoice. People repent. People are converted. In the next verse, it states, “From this time forth there began to be lyings sent forth among the people, by Satan…that they might not believe in those signs and wonders which they had seen….” (3 Nephi 1:22).

As soon as something good happens, Satan tries to convince people it never happened.

  1. No, it didn’t really happen the way you remember.

  2. It was just a coincidence.

  3. It didn’t happen exactly as prophecied.

  4. You’re remembering wrong.

  5. You’re crazy.

Satan wants you to forget the blessing you received. He wants you to forget the pain you were in before you received the blessings by the grace of God. He wants you to forget that God intervened and provided you comfort. He wants you to think you are crazy. He wants you to doubt your testimony. He wants you to doubt the good that you’ve seen in your spouse. He wants you to doubt that God has rescued you from difficult situations.


If it might help your faith or your personal growth, Satan wants you to forget it, but we are commanded to “Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that you must build your foundation.” (Helaman 5:12)


Forgetting pain is a blessing. Remembering that you were once in pain in a blessing. Remember that God saved you from that pain. Satan will lie and tell you that the pain was never there or that the blessings didn’t happen that way you remember.


Don’t listen to him.

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