“It Came to Pass”

K. Douglas Bassett

The Messiah in Ancient America, Warren & Ferguson, pp. 62-64; Ensign, Dec. 1992, p. 29

“Instead of punctuation the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon divides up its phrases by introducing each by an ‘and,’ ‘behold,’ ‘now,’ or ‘It came to pass.’ Simply outrageous—as English historical texts… . Dramatic texts are held together by the constant repetition of … ‘It came to pass.’ In Egyptian these expressions were not merely adornments, … they are a grammatical necessity and may not be omitted.” (Hugh Nibley, Since Cumorah, p. 169)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon