Mormon Journal Keeping

Mormon Journal Keeping

When I was a young man, about ten years old, I was enamored with the Book of Mormon.  One of the defining features of the Book of Mormon is that the ancient prophets and warriors wrote records on metal plates. Actually, the Book of Mormon is a translation of some of those records.  (See Exodus 28:36; Exodus 39:30; Mosiah 28:11; Mosiah 8:9.)

I was at a book store and I saw a small pocket-sized book with a seal and a key.  I did not want my parents or my pesky brothers or sisters reading my record.  I also fancied myself as a secret agent. I was intrigued at making my own secret ink and made a pen with a quill from a crow’s feather. I even carved a stylus with my pocket knife and made plates of clay, but it did not work out so well, because they broke, and besides it was hard work. The “key idea” resonated with me, because it was so easy. I did not know the process was called journaling. For me it was just something fun to do.  In those days only girls kept diaries, the idea of a “diary” seemed effeminate, but record keeping (journaling) was fascinating and manly. (more…)

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