“Out of the Books Which Have Been Written and Which Shall Be Written, Shall This People Be Judged”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

The Savior gives the Nephites the commandment to record all of the teachings and spiritual experiences associated with his ministry among them (except those things he had previously forbidden to be recorded). This record-keeping commandment was not given merely so that a historical account of this great event could be preserved, but in order to judge the world out of the scriptures that he commanded to be written (see 2 Nephi 29:11-14; see also commentary on 3 Nephi 26:4).

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4