Sunday, August 23, 2015

3 Nephi 23:11-14 -- On Writing it Down and Enlarging our Memories

"And Jesus said unto them: How be it that ye have not written this thing, that many saints did arise and appear unto many and did minister unto them?
And it came to pass that Nephi remembered that this thing had not been written.
And it came to pass that Jesus commanded that it should be written; therefore it was written according as he commanded.
And now it came to pass that when Jesus had expounded all the scriptures in one, which they had written, he commanded them that they should teach the things which he had expounded unto them."
3 Nephi 23:11-14

When Christ appeared to the Nephites, he taught them a lot of stuff, and this part was interesting to me, because he specifically says, I commanded my servant Samuel the Lamanite to prophesy this, and it happened, right?  And they say yes... and that is where he says, as above, "How be it that ye have not written this thing?":  in other words, why didn't you write it down?
And I think that is something that applies to our lives as well.  As it says in John 14:26, the comforter will bring all things to our remembrance, but also in Alma 37:8 it says that the things that are written have "enlarged the memory of this people," Writing it down means that it can enlarge not only our memories, but the memories of others.  That's the way that we get scripture... people writing down history and spiritual things that happened to them.  And it helps us to read it and understand God's word and his love from many different perspectives.
Today, let's think over our days and our weeks about the things that have happened to us and the things that the Lord has done.  And let's write it down, so that we have it to remember, and other people do too, in the future.  We forget so easily.  Let's make sure we make a record so that we don't have to rely on our inconsistent mortal memories.  Really, who cares if we aren't celebrities and people aren't knocking down our doors to read our words?  If our experience or testimony touches even one other person, then it was worth the effort.  And I think that one other person includes our future selves.  So, let's do it.  Let's answer Christ's question by writing it down, and enlarging our memories.

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