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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Tragedy of Lost Records - Especially Mesoamerican Books



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In these photographs that I took in Mexico City's amazing National Museum of Anthropology, we see something exceedingly rare which was one very common -- written books from Mesoamerica. The Spaniards found thousands of books when they arrived in southern Mexico and were alarmed about the potential for blasphemy and Satanic influence in these books that the natives revered so highly. They did the natural politically correct thing and wiped out nearly all traces of that which they did not understand or agree with. Centuries of knowledge were wiped out in the great book burning fires of the Conquistadors. Only a tiny handful of Mayan codices have survived. What a terrible loss!

The sacred ancient records we have today, such as the Bible and the Book of Mormon, were preserved at great cost by many looking forward to future generations. Some gave their lives to protect these records and keep them from being destroyed by enemies. Nevertheless, millions today are not allowed to read these sacred volumes in some nations, or are unable due to poor literacy. Others don't want to bother.

The Adversary would gladly wipe out our sacred records. What he hasn't achieved through senseless burning he can still achieve in our own lives if we refuse to read, or if we refuse to remember and apply the lessons of scripture. They may ban every reference to the scriptures in our schools, but don't let them be banned from your life. Knowledge of our Savior and the great plan of happiness can be found in them, including the Book of Mormon, one of the most important ancient works from the Americas, miraculously preserved and translated for our benefit today.

6 comments:

thesundaypage.net said...

Those are beautiful manuscripts.

Tianna said...

Wow! This is so true. It's sad that we don't have more writing for the people who lived here.

Tracy Keeney said...

Wow... I missed this post over the holidays. What a fascinating read. I can only imagine the amount of information lost. Even if alot of it WAS false doctrine, it would still gives us a greater insight. What a tragedy.

THE HOLT FAMILY said...

The codex gives a new meaning to Alma 12:1 #
Alma 12:1
...to establish the words of Amulek, and to explain things beyond, or to unfold the scriptures beyond that which Amulek had done.

Anonymous said...

I am a Morman.. Mormans today love to see our history, thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Too bad the Book of Mormon is not that old.