Why Is It Important to Keep Records? (Knowhy #345)
Since the early days of the Restoration, the Lord has asked Latter-day Saints to diligently keep records. This practice goes back into Book of Mormon times as well. The Nephite prophets kept a record because it “enlarged
the memory of their people,” and “convinced many of the error of their ways”. If it
wasn’t for their diligence, we wouldn’t have the Book of Mormon and its eternals truths. Especially important are the Book of Mormon’s prophecies of Jesus Christ and its record of His ministry among the Nephites. Nephi declared, “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice
in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” Records make it possible to hear the voices of peoples from the remote past and to speak to audiences in the distant future. As we diligently study the sacred records of past peoples and dispensations, our hearts can turn to them in gratitude. And as we preserve our own sacred records for future generations and posterity, we can, like the Nephites look forward with charity and hope for God’s blessings to rest upon them. And now you know why.