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A Library Tour Through Jarom
1. Now behold, I, Jarom, write a few words according to the commandment of my father,
Enos, that our genealogy may be kept.
2. And as these plates are small, and as these things are written for the intent
of the benefit of our brethren the Lamanites, wherefore, it must needs be that I
write a little; but I shall not write the things of my prophesying, nor of my revelations.
For what could I write more than my fathers have written? For have not they revealed
the plan of salvation? I say unto you, Yea; and this sufficeth me.
3. Behold, it is expedient that much should be done among this people, because of
the hardness of their hearts, and the deafness of their ears, and the blindness of
their minds, and the stiffness of their necks; nevertheless, God is exceedingly merciful
unto them, and has not as yet swept them off from the face of the land.
4. And there are many among us who have many revelations, for they are not all stiffnecked.
And as many as are not stiffnecked and have faith, have communion with the Holy Spirit,
which maketh manifest unto the children of men, according to their faith.
Jarom is the only Book of Mormon writer to use the word “communion.”
Marilynne Todd Linford explains that as she began making lists of words
unique to each Book of Mormon writer or speaker, the number of words “grew to thousands
of words all pointing to the same conclusion, and my thinking about the words in
the Book of Mormon became more focused and tangible. . . . When I looked at the lists,
I saw that they were a catalog of things Joseph Smith could not have known but still
got right and that the more time that passes, the “righter” he becomes. These evidences
incorporate scientific, spiritual, logical, historical, doctrinal, and literary testimonials
along with fascinating details that defy dismissal.”
5. And now, behold, two hundred years had passed away, and the people of Nephi had
waxed strong in the land. They observed to keep the law of Moses and the sabbath
day holy unto the Lord. And they profaned not; neither did they blaspheme. And the
laws of the land were exceedingly strict.
6. And they were scattered upon much of the face of the land, and the Lamanites also.
And they were exceedingly more numerous than were they of the Nephites; and they
loved murder and would drink the blood of beasts.
7. And it came to pass that they came many times against us, the Nephites, to battle.
But our kings and our leaders were mighty men in the faith of the Lord; and they
taught the people the ways of the Lord; wherefore, we withstood the Lamanites and
swept them away out of our lands, and began to fortify our cities, or whatsoever
place of our inheritance.
8. And we multiplied exceedingly, and spread upon the face of the land, and became
exceedingly rich in gold, and in silver, and in precious things, and in fine workmanship
of wood, in buildings, and in machinery, and also in iron and copper, and brass and
steel, making all manner of tools of every kind to till the ground, and weapons of
war -- yea, the sharp pointed arrow, and the quiver, and the dart, and the javelin,
and all preparations for war.
9. And thus being prepared to meet the Lamanites, they did not prosper against us.
But the word of the Lord was verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that:
Inasmuch as ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land.
10. And it came to pass that the prophets of the Lord did threaten the people of
Nephi, according to the word of God, that if they did not keep the commandments,
but should fall into transgression, they should be destroyed from off the face of
11. Wherefore, the prophets, and the priests, and the teachers, did labor diligently,
exhorting with all long-suffering the people to diligence; teaching the law of Moses,
and the intent for which it was given; persuading them to look forward unto the Messiah,
and believe in him to come as though he already was. And after this manner did they
12. And it came to pass that by so doing they kept them from being destroyed upon
the face of the land; for they did prick their hearts with the word, continually
stirring them up unto repentance.
13. And it came to pass that two hundred and thirty and eight years had passed away
-- after the manner of wars, and contentions, and dissensions, for the space of much
of the time.
14. And I, Jarom, do not write more, for the plates are small. But behold, my brethren,
ye can go to the other plates of Nephi; for behold, upon them the records of our
wars are engraven, according to the writings of the kings, or those which they caused
to be written.
15. And I deliver these plates into the hands of my son Omni, that they may be kept
according to the commandments of my fathers.