Tips for LDS bloggers from the 'ultimate blog' the Book of Mormon

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

This article explores the analogy of how the Book of Mormon is like the ultimate blog.

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Editor’s note: This is the final article in a series exploring the world of LDS blogging.

In 1991, Elder Robert E. Wells, then a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, related personal insight regarding the Liahona in a keynote address at the Sperry Symposium on the Book of Mormon.

Not only did the curious ball guide Lehi's family in the wilderness, but "a new writing, which was plain to be read" appeared on the pointers to give them "understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to their faith, diligence and heed (1 Nephi 16:28-29)." Elder Wells likened this phenomenon to reading the Book of Mormon.

"As I read the Book of Mormon … passages of scriptures that I have read many times in one light seem to change — and suddenly there is a new meaning to that old and familiar scripture," Elder Wells said in his remarks. "I like to think that the Book of Mormon is truly like the Liahona of old. Not only does it point us in the way of the Lord and to the Lord according to the faith, diligence and heed we give it, but if we are interested enough to read it again and again, from cover to cover, there are times when a 'new writing' — plain to be read — seems to appear."

More than 20 years later, Brad Wilcox pointed to the same idea as evidence that the Book of Mormon is like the ultimate LDS blog.

"According to their faith, diligence and heed, new writings would appear. The words in the Book of Mormon never change, but our lives change, our circumstances change and our desires change. I think that makes the Book of Mormon the ultimate blog because you can read it over and over and over again and according to your faith, diligence and heed, there will always be 'new writing' that you can pull out of it," Wilcox said. "That's a pretty good blog.

"It's the blog that keeps on giving."

Wilcox, along with fellow LDS authors and speakers John Hilton III and Anthony Sweat, recently explored the analogy of how the Book of Mormon might be compared to a blog. The three BYU professors also discussed what the Book of Mormon could teach bloggers about sharing the gospel online.

Commanded to write

In 2 Nephi 29:11, it reads: "For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them."

“I think it's interesting that it's a commandment for us to write the words that God speaks to us. There are many things that God is speaking to us, both in personal revelation, revelation through prophets, experiences we are having, etc.,” said Hilton, an assistant professor of ancient scripture at BYU. “We need to record these things.”

Other Book of Mormon verses offer some insight into what people might write about in a blog.

1 Nephi 19:6 — "I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think it be sacred."

2 Nephi 4:15-16 — "And upon these I write the things of my soul … for the learning and the profit of my children. Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard."

2 Nephi 25:23 — "We … write, to persuade our children … to believe in Christ."

Jacob 1:2-4 — "And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should write upon these plates a few of the things which I considered to be most precious … And if there were preaching which was sacred, or revelation which was great, or prophesying, that I should engraven the heads of them upon these plates, and touch on them as much as it were possible, for Christ’s sake, and for the sake of our people."

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