Prior to his bizarre departure (Book of Mormon, Alma 45:18-19), Alma speaks to his son, Helaman, about a few forthcoming items in the book. However, he gives him a strict charge of secrecy. Then, conflicting his own words tells Helaman to document it:
“But behold, I have somewhat to prophesy unto thee; but what I prophesy unto thee ye shall not make known; yea, what I prophesy unto thee shall not be made known, even until the prophecy is fulfilled; therefore write the words which I shall say.”
How often does someone swear another to secrecy, yet in the same breath, beg them to permanently etch the information in metal?