Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon

Though these books are little, they cover a vast 400 year span. Enos, the son of Jacob, was a man mighty in prayer. His son Jarom saw peace and prosperity in the land that came from the people's strict obedience and diligence. Omni, and several others who wrote small snippets in his book, saw much sadness and war, and the dissension of their people. These small books are followed up by a book titled Words of Mormon, that the compiler of the entire book, Mormon, wrote as bridge between times. His words jump from the year 130BC to 385AD, more than 500 years later. These short pages are packed with movement, while showing little action. It seems the spiritual side of the plates were temporarily set aside, while the more historical events were taking place.

What I would like to focus on, though, is the words of Jarom. As the grandson of Jacob, he had much spiritual lineage to look up to. His grandfather was the first solely consecrated priest in the promised land, his father a wayward son who had a mighty change of heart and learned much about prayer, service and promises of the Lord. The Nephites were very righteous people at the time, and were being extremely blessed by the Lord for their obedience. Jarom says "our kings and our leaders were mighty men in the faith of the Lord; and they taught the people the ways of the Lord" (Jarom 1:7).

We can see symbolism in our own lives here. As we are obedient we are blessed by the Lord, and become mighty in faith. The less we are obedient, the less we are blessed. It is a simple way to live, but harder once it comes to application.

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