“And the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:’ therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.” – Genesis 3:22-23 KJV
With the exception of the first three chapters, the Book of Remembrance is a series of revelations David Ferriman, First Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship received in January of 2016. After receiving the revelations, he felt inspired only to share a portion of what he was given with the world. However, in the summer of 2018 he felt moved by the Holy Spirit to share the revelation in full.
When putting the Book of Remembrance together, some portions of the revelations were reorganized to make for a better narrative. This changed neither the meaning or nature of the original. He also discovered that a portion of the revelations already existed as a part of the Book of Raziel apparently first printed in 1701. However, it was not an exact copy, nor was it laid out in the same format.
After finding and reading the Book of Raziel, he prayed to discover why it was included in the work and was informed that Raziel was Raphael and that he did in fact speak to Adam, and this record taught his message more clearly for the world to understand. Of this David said, “the skeptic might say that as a student of pseudepigraphal works, I may have read this book and merely not remembered; that this may have affected my revelations. However, the Lord has told me these words are of Him, and this has satisfied my conscience.”
Like the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, the Book of Remembrance is not perfect and should not always be taken literally. Though Joseph Smith Jr. on at least one occasion declared the Book of Mormon to be the “most correct book,” no one ever declared it perfect. The book itself admits that it has flaws as it was compiled by men. Likewise, the Book of Remembrance is not a perfect record. As the title page of the Book of Mormon states: “And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.” We echo Moroni’s words, and encourage all to read this book prayerfully that the Spirit may speak to mankind through it, just as we would the Holy Bible and any other work of scripture.
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