Yesterday at church, a woman in my congregation came to me and said, “A couple of months ago you said in church that you had needed a miracle to happen before X could happen and that you had seen that miracle happen.  Can I ask–what was the miracle related to?”  I looked at her.  I faintly remembered saying those words.  I had no idea what miracle I had seen happen.  And I knew that, in all likelihood, I had nowhere written it down.

Mormons believe that after Christ was crucified, resurrected, and had visited His disciples in Jerusalem, He visited people in the Americas.  (Some of those He refers to in St. John as His “other sheep.”)  While there, He taught them the same doctrine He’d taught to his disciples in the Holy Land—be ye therefore perfect; blessed are the peacemakers; baptism; “And behold, I am the light and the life of the world.”  (Begin reading the sacred and beautiful account of Christ’s visitation to the Americas here.)

But also while there, He made a surprising request: He asked the prophet to show Him their scriptures, the words their prophets had written.

7 And it came to pass that he said unto aNephi: Bring forth the record which ye have kept.

8 And when Nephi had brought forth the records, and laid them before him, he cast his eyes upon them and said:

9 Verily I say unto you, I commanded my servant aSamuel, the Lamanite, that he should testify unto this people, that at the day that the Father should glorify his name in me that there were bmany csaints who should darise from the dead, and should appear unto many, and should minister unto them. And he said unto them: Was it not so?

10 And his disciples answered him and said: Yea, Lord, Samuel did prophesy according to thy words, and they were all fulfilled.

11 And Jesus said unto them: How be it that ye have not awritten this thing, that many bsaints did arise and appear unto many and did minister unto them?

12 And it came to pass that Nephi remembered that this thing had not been written.

13 And it came to pass that Jesus commanded that it should be awritten; therefore it was written according as he commanded.

14 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had aexpounded all the scriptures in one, which they had written, he commanded them that they should bteach the things which he had expounded unto them.

Even before the prophet Nephi showed Jesus their scriptural records, Jesus knew that the people had not written down all of the miracles God had performed for them.  And even though He knew the details of those miracles—and these people did too, presumably because the unrecorded miracle had occurred so recently (just 30 or so years before Jesus appeared; just before the time of His birth in the Holy Land)—it was important to Him that the people record them.  Once they did, He “expounded all the scriptures in one, which they had written” and “he commanded them that they should teach the things which he had expounded unto them.”

I have some guesses but am not 100% sure why it’s important to God that we as individuals and as peoples write down what happens in our lives, specifically what miracles God performs for us and what communications He has with us.

I do know this, however: it is a commandment I have broken.  For a blogger, for a writer, for a can-I-tell-you-a-story-even-though-it’s-long-and-I’m-not-sure-it-will-have-a-satisfying-point type person, for a believer—this seems a little incomprehensible.

But can I tell you the truth?  Sometimes when I think about journaling I think, “Really?  I have to hear myself think again?” and I go watch Biggest Loser.

Wouldn’t it be sad if I died and these blog posts were the most important thing I’ve written down (and only digitally to boot)?  What a public violation of a sacred command.

Team posterity, I’m sorry. I’ll be better.