The Old Record Still Stands
I recently went to renew my Texas driver's license and was told that the current, unexpired license I had, which was issued by them, was not sufficient to renew my license. I argued with the person that the item I was replacing was the exact same thing with a different date, and the license I was holding was issued by the state of Texas. Not only did I need my license I was renewing but also the original or a certified copy of my birth certificate. Sounds crazy, right? You may be wondering how this ties back to the Bible and Book of Mormon. Here goes:
In a recent Sunday school lesson, we were looking at different scriptures, and in the front of my Bible, I saw all the places where you can record marriages, births, deaths, and any other significant information. I have both of my grandparents' Bibles and know that all of that information is complete up to the days past when I was born.
It is ironic. At one time in the history of the United States, the handwritten information in a Bible would have been an acceptable form of identification. A Bible record was considered to be “official” by the states as a record of birth, death, or marriage. Sometime during history, we have now said that this is no longer considered an “official record.”
The world changes laws, rules, and anything else it can. An example is the legalization of marriage between a man and a man or a woman and woman. Man says it is OK, but God’s Word says it is not. In all of history, man may change things, but God’s Word in both The Book of Mormon and The Bible remain unchanged. They are still both the official records and the final word on all things right and wrong. Although man may change things to make them more convenient, God’s word stands unchanged and unwavering.
May God’s Word become bound in our minds and hearts on a daily basis and be our guide through life even when man says something else is OK.
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.