When the Savior visited the American continent, He introduced Himself twice–once audibly and once in person after descending from the sky. Both times, He introduced Himself as the fulfillment of prophecies with which the people were familiar (3 Nephi 9:15-16, 3 Nephi 11:10).
After describing the destruction which preceded this event, the prophet Mormon challenged his readers to search the scriptures and see if all of these events had not been foretold by prophets (3 Nephi 10:14).
And on the second day of His visit, after commanding the people to search the scriptures, He asked to see the record kept by Nephi. Finding that the the fulfillment of one of the prophecies of Samuel the Lamanite had not been recorded, He commanded them to write down what had happened (3 Nephi 23:7-14).
Why is it so important to record the fulfillment of prophecies? Here are some ideas:
- We have short memories and our feeling about significant events can fade over time. Writing things down helps us to remember.
- Carefully recording the fulfillment of a prophecy is a way of showing our gratitude to God.
- Remembering the fulfillment of prophecies can strengthen our faith in God and in His promises.
- Other people, including future generations, can also have their faith strengthened by hearing our firsthand accounts of prophecies fulfilled.
Today, I will carefully record in my journal the way I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life. I will remember some of the times when I have seen prophecies fulfilled, and I will continue to trust in God’s promises which have not yet been fulfilled.