Enos to Words of Mormon – “He Works in Me to Do His Will”

March 23, 2020 to March 29, 2020

We hope these resources enhance your home-centered study of Enos, Jarom, Omni, and Words of Mormon. These articles delve into the messages of these books and the structure of the whole Book of Mormon.

“When Pages Collide: Dissecting the Words of Mormon,” Jack M. Lyon and Kent R. Minson, BYU Studies, Vol. 51, no. 4
This article proposes that Words of Mormon verses 12-18 were originally part of the book of Mosiah and should be included with it. Evidence is found in the Book of Mormon manuscript pages.

“Enos: His Mission and His Message,” Dennis L. Largey, The Book of Mormon: Jacob Through Words of Mormon, To Learn With Joy
Although Enos’s words are few, gospel principles are embedded in his struggle to know God and in his determination to serve him. There are nine such supported precepts of “instructions in righteousness” that make Enos a most significant “voice from the dust.”

Chart 13: “Book of Mormon Plates and Records,” Charting the Book of Mormon
This chart shows which records were abridged and which were quoted directly as they were placed into the plates of Mormon. Words of Mormon is key to understanding this ancient compilation.

Chart 20: “Writings of Mormon,” Charting the Book of Mormon
This chart is a list of fifteen key places in which Mormon adds his own words or is quoted, ranging from Words of Mormon to Moroni. This is not a comprehensive list but shows his major writings.

“I Speak Somewhat Concerning That Which I Have Written,” Cheryl Brown, The Book of Mormon: Jacob Through Words of Mormon, To Learn With Joy
In Words of Mormon, written in approximately AD 385, Mormon briefly outlines which records were being incorporated into his abridgment and why. This short explanation gives some of the most direct evidence available to us of how the Lord structured the Book of Mormon through his servant, Mormon.

“‘And There Wrestled a Man with Him’ (Genesis 32:24): Enos’s Adaptations of the Onomastic Wordplay of Genesis,” Matthew L. Bowen, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 10
In this brief note, Bowen suggests several instances in which the Book of Mormon prophet Enos utilizes wordplay on his own name, the name of his father “Jacob,” the place name “Peniel,” and Jacob’s new name “Israel” in order to connect his experiences to those of his ancestor Jacob in Genesis 32-33, thus infusing them with greater meaning. Familiarity with Jacob and Esau’s conciliatory “embrace” in Genesis 33 is essential to understanding how Enos views the atonement of Christ and the ultimate realization of its blessings in his life.

“Big Lessons from Little Books,” Claudia Bushman, The Reader’s Book of Mormon: Big Lessons from Little Books: 2 Nephi 4 – Words of Mormon
After the books of Nephi, much of the Book of Mormon history gets lost for readers. Bushman describes the sequence of events after Nephi and delves into the possible psyche of these Book of Mormon authors.

“The Prayer of Enos,” Kevin G. Pace and Mark R. Fotheringham
This is the sheet music of a musical composition in hymn style. The hymn text describes Enos’s purpose and faith in God. An audio file of a piano version is included.

“Enos and the Words Concerning Life,” David R. Seely, The Book of Mormon: Jacob Through Words of Mormon, To Learn With Joy
Enos’s conversion narrative includes the idea of words being key to conversion. Other Book of Mormon narratives also emphasize the power of the word to change lives and bring people to Christ.

“The Father’s Command to Keep Records in the Small Plates of Nephi,” John W. Welch, F.A.R.M.S. Preliminary Report
The eight men who wrote the last part of the small plates of Nephi do not appear eager to write, nor did they have much to say. But they had a strong sense of duty to fulfill the command of their father Jacob: some record had to be kept; the record must be personally written; the record must be preserved and handed down; it was not to cover the history of the people but the sacred preaching or revelation; it was written for the sake of Christ and the people.

“The Small Plates of Nephi and the Words of Mormon,” Eldin Ricks, The Book of Mormon: Jacob Through Words of Mormon, To Learn With Joy
This article outlines the structure of what we know as the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is comprised of different sets of plates that can be confusing for readers to keeps straight. This article goes through what was included in the Large Plates, the Small Plates, and the role that Moroni had as redactor of these plates.