The Lord instructs W. W. Phelps about what records ought to be kept in Zion


In the Doctrine and Covenants, section 85 is a Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, November 27, 1832. This section is an extract from a letter of the Prophet to William W. Phelps, who was living in Independence, Missouri.  It contains instructions from the Lord on what kinds of records he, as a church historian, should keep.

As I read these instructions today, it occurred to me that if these things were important to the Lord then, they are important today.  Here’s what was asked in verses 1 and 2:

1 It is the duty of the Lord’s clerk, whom he has appointed, to keep a history, and a general church record of all things that transpire in Zion, and of all those who consecrate properties, and receive inheritances legally from the bishop;

2 And also their manner of life, their faith, and works . . . 

This  made me think of the Stories I am posting here.  Yesterday my 600th Story was posted, and there are 100 more written and scheduled for publication in the coming months.  I will continue to add to these stories as long as I can find and prepare them.  I think it’s quite miraculous how they come to me, sometimes out of nowhere, sometimes after much digging and searching.  The urgency I feel to share them is an indication to me that they are important, and these stories need to be told.  It’s important for us to  understand the manner of their lives, their faith and their works.  We can learn from every single person who came to this earth.

Thank you for joining me here.


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1 Response to The Lord instructs W. W. Phelps about what records ought to be kept in Zion

  1. Matthew Gray says:

    Thank you – these are such inspiring and encouraging thoughts! I feel strongly about writing about my manner of life, my faith and works every day – it is mainly my thoughts about what I am reading in the scriptures or answers to prayers. Most of it is too private or rambling and I don’t know if anyone will ever have to read it but I feel blessed by the inspiration that comes as I do.

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