The pattern of keeping records dates back to the earliest days of the church, when Joseph Smith announced the divine decree, "Behold, there shall be a record kept among you" (D&C 21:1). Leaders of the church have obeyed that command. Contemporaneous records were kept of revelations received by the prophet, the calling and interaction of early leaders, missionary assignments, the building of temples, and much more.
The Latter-day Saints continue to be a record-keeping people. Keeping records is a part of the church's administrative system, reaching from small committees to ... (Read More)