Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2 Nephi 29:11-12 -- On God's Word and Writing It

" For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it."
2 Nephi 29:11-12


This is a good reminder that we should be open to revelation and truth from many geographic sources, since the Lord speaks to people in "all nations of the earth," but it seems to also be a very strong encouragement to us to write down our spiritual experiences.  I've been writing a lot about Nephi over on my other blog lately, and it keeps striking me how much his voice is like a time traveler: an encouraging voice from the past, coming to us and warning us about the future and helping us prepare.  We've never met, but it feels like we know each other and have talked over the distances of time and space.  And he wrote because God commanded him to write down the things of the spirit.

What would it be like if we all did as Nephi did, and wrote down the things of the spirit in our lives?  The miracles, the ways that God helped us learn faith and obedience, and overcome discouragement and seemingly insurmountable obstacles?  It would make us time travelers in a sense, like Nephi, able to visit the future and talk to our descendants and perhaps even encourage strangers to greater faith and devotion.  Wow, right?

Today, let's be open to God's word wherever it may be found, and let's write it.  Let's listen to God and start writing the things that he asks us to.  Let's keep journals, and record the amazing events in our lives, especially the spiritual things, and how our testimonies have been built.

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