King Benjamin on Keeping Records and Why

My computer is going to the hospital today. I hope someone can find some more space in it somewhere because I have filled it completely up.
I’ll get back to King Benjamin as soon as my computer gets back to me, hopefully tonight!

I’m back.  They were able to eke out 12.4 GB of space in my computer.  I wonder how long that will last me!

Mormon abridging records

So this week I was reading in the book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon.  I always pay attention to  times when the records were handed from one prophet to another.  There are always principles and patterns about record keeping.  I learn from these and try to apply what I learn to my own writing and record keeping.

King Benjamin teaches his three sons the language and the prophecies of their fathers and shows them how without these records they would have suffered in ignorance, not knowing the workings of God or his promises to their fathers.

At one point he says, “Oh my sons, I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are true.  And also the plates which contain the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes.”  And then he tells them, “I would that ye should remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit thereby, and I would that ye should keep the commandments of God, that ye may prosper in the land according to the promises which the Lord made to our fathers.”

I have been thinking a lot about “the promises made to the fathers” spoken of all throughout the scriptures, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Book of Mormon.  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were those fathers.  They were promised that though their seed, all the nations of the earth would be blessed and that hearts would be turned.  Malachi understood these promises and taught that the hearts of the fathers would turn to the children and the hearts of the children would turn to their fathers.  (Malachi 4:5-6).

As I do Family History research, I feel that turning every day.  I am more aware of those who came before me and those who will come after.  There is something very powerful about having records  of those who came before me before my eyes.  It changes me and turns my heart to them.  I suspect those who come after me may feel the same.  If I don’t leave something, they won’t know.  Another reason for writing my fingers to the bone.

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