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Memory and Identity in the Book of Mormon

TitleMemory and Identity in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsOlsen, Steven L.
JournalJournal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture
KeywordsContext; Covenant; Gospel; Identity; Jesus Christ; Memory; Narrative; Remember

Remember is one of the most frequently used verbs in the Book of Mormon. It is consistently used by its authors in a covenant context—establishing or renewing an eternal relationship with God, expressing and realizing the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and preserving the distinctive identity of a covenant people. The present study examines the complex and profound ways that the complementary concepts of memory, identity, and covenants express the meaning of the sacred Nephite history through the vocabulary and narrative structures of the text and postulates how and why the Nephites preserved this official record for posterity.