1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Omni, being commanded by my father, Jarom, that I should write somewhat upon these plates, to preserve our genealogy—
Before he died, Jacob passed on the records that he and Nephi had kept to his son Enos. Enos adds to the record, writing about an experience he had while praying. Enos was worried about his own sins, so while he was out hunting, he stopped and prayed all day long and into the night. He heard the voice of the Lord say, “thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.” Then, Enos continued praying for his people, for the Lamanites, and for the safety of the records which had been kept.
Enos knew how important it was to keep the records of his people and the revelations of the prophets. He passed them on to his son, and they were kept safe for many generations. Mormon added these plates to the records he collected, which later became The Book of Mormon.
We can keep records too. It will be helpful for our families who will come after us if we record the important things that happen to us. We can write about things that we struggle with, things we overcome, stories of our daily life, and especially our testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved? Some of what you write may be humdrum dates and places, but there will also be rich passages that will be quoted by your posterity.”
Spencer W. Kimball
Why did Enos record his experience about his prayer? (Discuss ideas)
Why was it important to Enos for the records to be kept safe? (Discuss ideas)
How do the records the Nephites and Lamanites kept help us today? (Discuss ideas)
What kinds of things should we keep records about? (Discuss ideas)
Developing a habit of keeping a journal while you are young will help establish a journaling habit. You don’t have to write in your journal every day, but you should write in it often about everyday events as well as special occasions.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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