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Making Records, 1 Nephi 19:1-5

1 Nephi 19:1-5

The last verse in chapter 18 tells us how Nephi had found ore in the land. In verse 1 of this chapter, Nephi explains that he made records with the ore that he had found. This gives me pause to think that precious ores have other much more significant purposes than for the vain gratification of man.

Nephi again addresses the two sets of records that were made. The first record being a much more comprehensive history of his people, including a geneology of Lehi's ancestors, many of Lehi's prophecies, more thorough accounts of their time in the wilderness and records of there wars and destructions. Nephi kept this record by way of commandment from God.

In the second commandment from God to create another record, the mysteries of God are more fully understood. In this record, Nephi is commanded to make more particular mention of this prophecies and ministry (or his teachings). And what a dynamic ministry it has been up until this point!

It is interesting that in this second account, the one that was written as a future resource for teaching his people and for the eventual inclusion in a volume of scripture that he was required to be more selective in that which he chose to include. Nephi says that this second record was made that the more sacred parts of their history would be kept for the knowledge of his people (see vs 5).

Here is a mystery of God then. These parts that were selected for inclusion in the books of Nephi consisted of that which was more plain and precious (see vs 3). God likes the plain and precious truths because they are easy to be understood by man. What I find curious is how the plain can also be regarded as precious. It leads me to believe that there is much more value in our daily labors than I can see. Perhaps it is in the simple things of life that our salvation is defined. Indeed, it must be so.


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