1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father
that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—
2 And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before
God, before I received a remission of my sins.
3 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the
words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and
the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.
4 And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my
Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own
soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I
did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
5 And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins
are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
The first verse tells us that Enos’ father taught him “in
the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” yet Enos didn’t know that it was
through faith in Christ that his sins were forgiven and his guilt swept away?
6 And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my
guilt was swept away.
Annotation for Enos 1:5-8 above
7 And I said: Lord, how is it done?
Annotation for Enos 1:5-8 above
8 And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ,
whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before
he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made
Annotation for Enos 1:5-8 above
9 Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I
began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren, the Nephites;
wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them.
10 And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold,
the voice of the Lord came into my mind again, saying: I will visit thy
brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments. I have
given unto them this land, and it is a holy land; and I curse it not save it
be for the cause of iniquity; wherefore, I will visit thy brethren according
as I have said; and their transgressions will I bring down with sorrow upon
their own heads.
11 And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith
began to be unshaken in the Lord; and I prayed unto him with many long
strugglings for my brethren, the Lamanites.
12 And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored
with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according
to thy desires, because of thy faith.
13 And now behold, this was the desire which I desired of
him—that if it should so be, that my people, the Nephites, should fall into
transgression, and by any means be destroyed, and the Lamanites should not be
destroyed, that the Lord God would preserve a record of my people, the
Nephites; even if it so be by the power of his holy arm, that it might be
brought forth at some future day unto the Lamanites, that, perhaps, they
might be brought unto salvation—
14 For at the present our strugglings were vain in
restoring them to the true faith. And they swore in their wrath that, if it were
possible, they would destroy our records and us, and also all the traditions
of our fathers.
15 Wherefore, I knowing that the Lord God was able to
preserve our records, I cried unto him continually, for he had said unto me:
Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive in
the name of Christ, ye shall receive it.
16 And I had faith, and I did cry unto God that he
would preserve the records; and he covenanted with me that he would bring
them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time.
So God covenanted to bring the records of the Nephites
unto the Lamanites. Who are the Lamanites then? Genetically, culturally,
anthropologically, linguistically, etc. we see no evidence of Lamanites.
17 And I, Enos, knew it would be according to the covenant
which he had made; wherefore my soul did rest.
18 And the Lord said unto me: Thy fathers have also
required of me this thing; and it shall be done unto them according to their
faith; for their faith was like unto thine.
19 And now it came to pass that I, Enos, went about among
the people of Nephi, prophesying of things to come, and testifying of the
things which I had heard and seen.
20 And I bear record that the people of Nephi did seek
diligently to restore the Lamanites unto the true faith in God. But our
labors were vain; their hatred was fixed, and they were led by their evil
nature that they became wild, and ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people, full
of idolatry and filthiness; feeding upon beasts of prey; dwelling in tents, and
wandering about in the wilderness with a short skin girdle about their loins
and their heads shaven; and their skill was in the bow, and in the cimeter,
and the ax. And many of them did eat nothing save it was raw meat; and they
were continually seeking to destroy us.
21 And it came to pass that the people of Nephi did till
the land, and raise all manner of grain, and of fruit, and flocks of herds,
and flocks of all manner of cattle of every kind, and goats, and wild
goats, and also many horses.
Notice the differentiation between goats and wild goats
indicating the Nephites had domestic goats. There is absolutely no evidence
of domestic goats among pre-Columbian Native Americans. There also were no
horses in the Americas at this time.
22 And there were exceedingly many prophets among us. And
the people were a stiffnecked people, hard to understand.
23 And there was nothing save it was exceeding harshness,
preaching and prophesying of wars, and contentions, and destructions, and continually
reminding them of death, and the duration of eternity, and the judgments
and the power of God, and all these things—stirring them up continually to
keep them in the fear of the Lord. I say there was nothing short of these
things, and exceedingly great plainness of speech, would keep them from going
down speedily to destruction. And after this manner do I write concerning
Yet D&C 19:6-12 teaches quite clearly that “Eternal”
doesn’t mean lasting forever when it comes to torment or damnation, so is
this “continual reminding” of “the duration of eternity” an honest
24 And I saw wars between the Nephites and Lamanites in
the course of my days.
25 And it came to pass that I began to be old, and an
hundred and seventy and nine years had passed away from the time that our
father Lehi left Jerusalem.
Enos’s dad is Jacob (Jacob 7:27) who was born in the
wilderness before the Lehites left the Old World. Something like 175 years
after Jacob’s birth, Jacob’s son is soon to die (Enos 1:26). This isn’t
necessarily impossible, but how likely is it? If we generously assume Jacob
was 50 when he begat Enos, it would put Enos at 125 years of age. To get Enos
down to a still remarkable 100 years of age here, we have to assume that
Jacob begat him at about the age of 75.
26 And I saw that I must soon go down to my grave, having
been wrought upon by the power of God that I must preach and prophesy unto
this people, and declare the word according to the truth which is in Christ.
And I have declared it in all my days, and have rejoiced in it above that of
27 And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my
Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when
my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I
see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye
blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father.