Junior Ganymede
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Books vs. Records

November 30th, 2017 by G.

The Bible is a bunch of different records made into a book.  So is the Book of Mormon–it tells us itself.

What difference does assembling records into a book make?  It means the parts should add up to a whole.  We should read the different parts of the book as in agreement with each other.  We should see a theme or a narrative that ties them all together.

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A pile of bricks is just a pile, but bricks mortared together better be something.

We keep a lot of records in the Church.  This is by commandment. 

 

Membership records, baptismal records, temple work records, family records, ward family histories, personal journals and so on.

Whatever we write on earth is written in heaven.

That in all your recordings it may be recorded in heaven;

-thus D&C 127:7.

The difference is that in heaven they are written in the book of life.  Always singular.  One book.

I don’t need to tell you the implication.

 

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November 30th, 2017 06:36:55
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Bruce Charlton
December 1, 2017

“We should read the different parts of the book as in agreement with each other. We should see a theme or a narrative that ties them all together.”

Yes – but I’m pretty sure that different parts are also of different importance and relevance to different people, at different times in their lives; that is, the parts are not interchangeable.

“in heaven they are written in the book of life”

Yes!

But I would regard this as a metaphorical ‘written’ and ‘book’ – I presume that there would be no need for actual written books, as then we will remember/ know things directly…?

So (for all that I love and treasure some) – I tend to regard books as expedient, for mortal life; and for a particular phase of mortal life and consciousness (overwhelmingly most people, for most of history, were illiterate – most lived in non-literate societies.) –


G.
December 1, 2017

No real disagreement, Bruce C. I would be inclined to think that there may be something like an actual book, because one lesson of mortality is that the concrete and the practical are valuable and beautiful for their own sake. What ceases to have functional significance still contains ritual beauty.

But it doesn’t matter for the point I’m making. In fact, the point I’m making is probably stronger if the book of life is a metaphor only.

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