Friday, May 28, 2010

Adam had a written language

Moses 6

  5 And a book of remembrance was kept, in the which was recorded, in the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration;

 “In the beginning God gave Adam a language that was pure, perfect, and undefiled. This Adamic language , now unknown, was far superior to any tongue which is presently extant. For instance, the name of God the Father, in this original language, is Man of Holiness , signifying that he is a Holy Man and not a vague spiritual essence." Elder Bruce R. McConkie ( Moses 6:57 .)

“This first language spoken by mortals was either the celestial tongue of the Gods or such adaptation of it as was necessary to meet the limitations of mortality; and Adam and his posterity had power to speak, read, and write it” ( Mormon Doctrine, 19).

Elder McConkie said: “From the beginning, the Lord provided a language and gave men the power to read and write. . . . The thing which they first wrote, and which of all their writings was of the most worth unto them, was a Book of Remembrance, a book in which they recorded what the Lord had revealed about himself, about his coming, and about the plan of salvation. " ( The Promised Messiah, 86; see also Moses 6:46 ).

We do not know what Adams written language was like, in our days no one is known of yet to have seen Adams Book of Remembrance.  The Lord protected the Book of Mormon in a stone box.  It maybe that the Lord has protected Adam's Book of Remembrance.   It may bee that someday people on earth will be able to read from Adams writings.

There has been discovered in archeology artifacts with written language on them.  When written language is discovered it is part of written history, any time before the discovery of written language in archeology is considered prehistory.

The earliest written language that has been discovered yet was found in Mesopotamia written in the Sumerian language using Cuneiform writing it was made about 3200 BC. The Kish tablet was found in Mesopotaia and may be the earliest form of writing ever discovered.

The writing on the Kish tablet is still considered proto-writing. Which uses simple pictures to communicate rather then the more advanced writing that uses symbols.  Examples of Sumerian written language have also been found with more symbolic writing.

This Sumerian Cuneiform tablet uses symbols and is a more advanced form of written language.

Keeping a Book of Remembrance

“Keeping journals reminds us of blessings. Those who keep a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives. Journals are a way of counting our blessings and of leaving an inventory of these blessings for our posterity” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 349).

Just like Adam we can keep a Book of Remembrance.  This written history can be a reminder to us of the blessings and inspiration the Lord as given us.  It can also be a personal history of the stories of our lives.  As you grow up you will enjoy reviewing your journal entries and remembering the stories in them.  Your children and your ancestors also will treasure your Book of Remembrance, just like you, they will enjoy hearing stories about their ancestors.

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