What are the most quoted scriptures in the Church? Check at the end of this post to see if you agree.
What do these scriptures have to do with Family or Church History?
I have been working today on my new calling as Ward Historian. I am trying to reconstruct my wardâ€™s history for 2006. The post below is a short intro essay to that history.
A HISTORY SHALL BE KEPT
At the start of this dispensation, on the very day the Church was organized, the following instruction was given to Joseph Smithâ€”BEHOLD, there shall be a record kept among you. Doctrine and Covenants 21:1
God cares about history. Sacred history is almost always a straight forward narrative of the hand (power) of God in the lives of His children and in the broader flow of history, past present, and future. It is a record of the impact of our covenants and of Godâ€™s hand in our individual and collective lives. It is a record of the faithful.
Virtually every week in the Sacrament Service we have the opportunity to remember and witness and renew every covenant we have made as we REMEMBER the single most important historical event in the history of the world (the Atonement of Jesus Christ.) We then witness (show) that we do REMEMBER by keeping His commandments that we may have His Spirit to be with us always.
We are all further strengthened when we when we remember and share (witness) our own testimonies of the gospel and the Lordâ€™s influence in our lives. An annual ward history helps to fulfill the scriptural charge to keep a record and bare testimony of the Lordâ€™s dealings with His people in our part of the latter day Kingdom. Our ward history can contribute to our collective memory as Latter-day Saints and be for the â€œgood of the church, and for the rising generations.â€[D&C 69:8]
We know what testimony feels like individually. We have also shared collective moments of testimony. We know individually and collectively about both triumphs and sacrifice â€“not only what we have suffered and overcome, but also times of joy. As we acknowledge, remember and witness we can look to the future with faith and hope.
This ward history for 2006 is not intended to be a â€œpublic relationsâ€ document, but rather seeks, within the framework of resources available to be a true and accurate record of the happenings of the [our] Ward in 2006â€” to be a witness to our collective efforts to establish Zion in this part of the earth. It is also intended to remember and bear witness to our efforts within the official records at the headquarters of the Church. It becomes in effect the testimony of our ward.
Alma wrote, I also command you that ye keep a record of this people . . and keep all these things sacred . . . for it is for a wise purpose that they are kept. . . . Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. . . . [it has] been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved; for behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, . . . .and brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the salvation of their souls. [Alma 37:2, 6, 8]
Answer to opening question â€œWhat are the most quoted scripture in the Church?â€
Moroni 4:3 and 5:2 and D&C 20: 77, 79