'A record-keeping people'

In his opening address at the October 1979 general conference, President Spencer W. Kimball said: "On a number of occasions I have encouraged the Saints to keep personal

journals and family records. I renew that admonition. We may think there is little of interest or importance in what we personally say or do - but it is remarkable how many of our families, as we pass on down the line, are interested in all that we do and all that we say. Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us - and as our posterity read of our life's experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted."From time immemorial the Lord has counseled us to be a record-keeping people. (See Ex. 24:4; Moses 2:1; 1 Ne. 3:19; 23:4, 11.)

"And in our own day the Lord said to the Prophet Joseph Smith, `And again, let all the records be had in order, that they may be put in the archives of my holy temple.' (D&C 127:9.)

"Let us then continue on in this important work of recording the things we do, the things we say, the things we think, to be in accordance with the instructions of the Lord. For those of you who may not have already started your books of remembrance and your records, we would suggest that this very day you begin to write your records quite fully and completely. . . ."

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