This year we are reading The Book of Mormon again. My daughter is in the Personal Progress Program, and, if she does everything she can, it will have her reading the Book of Mormon 3 more times in the next 5 years. In a "small but frequent" effort to help her out, our family is reading one chapter of the Book of Mormon, in the morning, M-F, 52 weeks of the year. It takes about a year, at that pace, to finish it.
As we were starting this round, the phrase, "“I do make the record on plates which I have made with mine own hands," led me to ask myself some interesting questions about something that we all know about, but don't often consider. Like, how and where do you make a golden journal?
The second of six children myself, and raising four little munchkins of my own, it occurs to me that this would have been both difficult and annoying to everyone else in the family to create a diary, “six inches wide by eight inches long.” 5 —Joseph Smith Jr. Some of the physical descriptions say, "“Of the thickness of plates of tin.” “When piled one above the other, they were altogether about four inches thick,” and “weighing altogether, from forty to sixty lbs.” —Martin Harris We learn that, “a large portion of the leaves were so securely bound together that it was impossible to separate them.” 16 —David Whitmer,
Knowing that Lehi lived in Jerusalem back in 600 + BC, we know that families are huge, and helping out around the house. If we imagine that Lehi had a forge (which would also explain the steel bow), then when did Nephi have time to make all these pages? Probably during family daylight working hours. In order to get the metal from it's natural state (he said he went hunting for ore...) into a page state, there would have had to have been quite the elaborate set up. You need something to super-heat the metal, some sort of form to pour it into to ensure consistent pages, and then something to drill the holes through the thin tin-like pages without ripping it. Who has time for that? I imagine that it went a little like this:
Laman - THAT IS SO DUMB! Why does dad love him more than me! And I hate camping - I am NOT going anywhere with them; I don't care WHAT dad says. I'd rather, like, tie myself to a post than have to go camping with my family. Seriously mom - he's been getting out of goat poop duty for a MONTH! What the heck! How many pages does he freaking need! "My name is Nephi and I'm a total LAME-O" - end of story! I'll even write it for him! "I am a total nerd-dork who is wasting all my life making a freaking journal so I can get out of goat poop duty..." It's not like anyone is ever gonna read that stuff. What a dweeb. Seriously.
"My favorite story is how King Lamoni marveled for an hour at Ammon. Like, what did everyone else do while he was marveling? 'So... should we order out for pizza or something?'" - Reagan
Lovin' me some scripture study....