8 And now, it has hitherto been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved; for behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, yea, and convinced many of the error of their ways, and brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the salvation of their souls.
I love how reverentially Alma speaks about scripture and its power to influence individuals. Because we have such easy access to scriptures, I don’t think we revere the scriptures quite as much as those who had to struggle to preserve them.
Alma realized that the scriptural record played an essential role in expanding the memory of the people. It helped them to see God’s hand towards their fathers. And it helped them know how to avoid error and to see the need for repentance.
Blogging through the Book of Mormon this year has helped me more fully gain an appreciation for the scriptures. I am so grateful for for the efforts of all of the record keepers in the Book of Mormon. Without them we would not have this incredible treasure trove of spiritual wisdom and instruction.