1 Nephi 19:5
Keep A Journal
5 And an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter; and then, behold, I proceed according to that which I have spoken; and this I do that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my people.
1- Nephi said he would proceed or do what he said he would do.
2-His reason is to preserve the knowledge of the sacred things so that his people and we could have it in many years to come after Nephi's life was over.
He was commanded to do it and he desired to keep the commandments and could see the future benefits of his writings and the writings that would come after his on the very plates that he created and by his direction.
This wasn't the first time that Nephi said that he would do what he had been commanded to do.
OBEDIENCE, OBEDIENT, OBEY
the purpose of writing the sacred things was to testify of Christ. It was written because he commanded them to be written.
We will prove them to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord shall command:Abr. 3:25;
Conference 10/07 Henry B. Eyring
O Remember, RememberWhen our children were very small, I started to write down a few things about what happened every day. Let me tell you how that got started. I came home late from a Church assignment. It was after dark. My father-in-law, who lived near us, surprised me as I walked toward the front door of my house. He was carrying a load of pipes over his shoulder, walking very fast and dressed in his work clothes. I knew that he had been building a system to pump water from a stream below us up to our property.
He smiled, spoke softly, and then rushed past me into the darkness to go on with his work. I took a few steps toward the house, thinking of what he was doing for us, and just as I got to the door, I heard in my mind—not in my own voice—these words: “I’m not giving you these experiences for yourself. Write them down.”
I went inside. I didn’t go to bed. Although I was tired, I took out some paper and began to write. And as I did, I understood the message I had heard in my mind. I was supposed to record for my children to read, someday in the future, how I had seen the hand of God blessing our family. Grandpa didn’t have to do what he was doing for us. He could have had someone else do it or not have done it at all. But he was serving us, his family, in the way covenant disciples of Jesus Christ always do. I knew that was true. And so I wrote it down, so that my children could have the memory someday when they would need it.I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.
More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.
Tonight, and tomorrow night, you might pray and ponder, asking the questions: Did God send a message that was just for me? Did I see His hand in my life or the lives of my children? I will do that. And then I will find a way to preserve that memory for the day that I, and those that I love, will need to remember how much God loves us and how much we need Him. I testify that He loves us and blesses us, more than most of us have yet recognized. I know that is true, and it brings me joy to remember Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
- How will keeping a personal journal bless me and my family?
Lord and His prophets have emphasized the importance of keeping
records. Writing in a personal journal gives us an opportunity to
reflect on our lives and recognize the many blessings God has given
us. Our journals can also be a source of inspiration and strength
to future generations of our families.
experiences have taught you the importance of keeping a journal? Are
there any entries in your journal or a journal of an ancestor that
could be inspiring to the youth?
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We may not be asked to write scriptures but we are asked to serve others, to be his hands and to journal what we do. We are asked to leave a record of the sacred things that happen in our lives.
237-Do What Is Right
270- I'll go where You Want Me To Go
197-Quickly I'll Obey