The Book of Mormon, A Latter-day Corrective ? #10
Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of articles that will focus on the Book of Mormon in response to President Hinckley’s challenge for church members to read that holy book before the end of the year. Click here to read the introductory article.
I remember when I was a student at BYU. My fellow students and I enjoyed frequent and glorious sacrament meetings, firesides, and devotionals. Our youthful openness was met with Heaven’s goodness ? and we were blessed beyond measure!
I remember many times at the end of those days reflecting on the experiences and the powerful feelings of inspiration. It was sweet to reflect on Heaven’s abundant graciousness to us.
But I felt a nagging concern. By the end of the day I often didn’t remember the specific discoveries and directives that had come with the powerful spiritual experiences.
So I began carrying 3 x 5 index cards in my shirt pocket. Every Sunday I dated a new card and began recording ideas and feelings when they came. The notes were often brief. Sometimes they were merely the title of a hymn or a word like “atonement.” But, once I began keeping the record, then, when I reflected on the great goodness of the Lord, I had specific reminders.
Modern (and Abundant) Revelation!
The Latter-day Saints have an embarrassment of riches. Along with the Bible we have additional books of scripture, the counsel of living prophets, and the gift of personal revelation. We even have the promise of additional books of scripture yet to be given to us. How we should thank our Heavenly King!
These gifts come with responsibilities. God expects us to keep records.
The Book of Mormon Emphasizes the Importance of Records
I tried to study every occurrence in the Book of Mormon of the word “record” or “records.” I wore myself out–and only scratched the surface. Consider just a few examples from the early part of the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon seems to send a clear message: Failure to keep a record is a form of ingratitude. It damages us and it puts our posterity at risk. While there are those who will keep records for the Church, each of us should keep records for our lives.
Many Forms of Records
Keeping records can take many forms:
A Latter-day Challenge
The Book of Mormon itself is a testimony of the vital role of records. If we want our families to prosper in the land, we should keep a record of the blessings of the Lord to us and those we love.
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