Enos prays mightily and gains a remission of his sinsThe voice of the Lord comes into his mind, promising salvation for the Lamanites in a future dayThe Nephites sought to reclaim the LamanitesEnos rejoices in his Redeemer. About 420B.C.
1 Behold, it came to pass that I, , knowing my father that was a just manfor he me in his language, and also in the and admonition of the Lordand blessed be the name of my God for it
2 And I will tell you of the which I had before God, before I received a 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 of the saints, deep into my heart.
4 And my soul ; and I down before my Maker, and I unto him in mighty 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 unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
6 And I, Enos, knew that God not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.
7 And I said: Lord, how is it done?
8 And he said unto me: of thy 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 thee .
9 Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a for the of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore, I did 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 again, saying: I will visit thy brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments. I have unto them this land, and it is a holy land; and I it not save it be for the cause of iniquity; wherefore, I will visit thy brethren according as I have said; and their will I bring down with sorrow upon their own heads.
11 And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my began to be in the Lord; and I unto him with many long for my brethren, the Lamanites.
12 And it came to pass that after I had and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy , because of thy faith.
13 And now behold, this was the desire which I desired of himthat if it should so be, that my people, the Nephites, should fall into transgression, and by any means be , and the Lamanites should not be , that the Lord God would a record of my people, the Nephites; even if it so be by the power of his holy arm, that it might be at some future day unto the Lamanites, that, perhaps, they might be unto salvation
14 For at the present our strugglings were in restoring them to the true faith. And they swore in their wrath that, if it were possible, they would our records and us, and also all the traditions of our fathers.
15 Wherefore, I knowing that the Lord God was able to 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 the ; and he covenanted with me that he would forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time.
17 And I, Enos, 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 the Lamanites unto the true faith in God. But our were vain; their was fixed, and they were led by their evil nature that they became wild, and ferocious, and a people, full of and ; feeding upon beasts of prey; dwelling in , and wandering about in the wilderness with a short skin girdle about their loins and their heads shaven; and their skill was in the , 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 all manner of grain, and of fruit, and of herds, and flocks of all manner of cattle of every kind, and goats, and wild goats, and also many horses.
22 And there were exceedingly many among us. And the people were a people, hard to understand.
23 And there was nothing save it was exceeding , and prophesying of wars, and contentions, and destructions, and continually them of death, and the duration of eternity, and the judgments and the power of God, and all these thingsstirring them up 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 them.
24 And I saw 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 Jerusalem.
26 And I saw that I 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 the world.
27 And I soon go to the place of my , which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall . And I rejoice in the day when my shall put on , 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 of my Father. Amen.
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