“To the Reader I Bid Farewell”

Brant Gardner

Jacob commends the plates to his son Enos, giving Enos the same charge that Nephi had given him. The transmission line of the plates will now follow Jacob's lineal descendants.

Translation: While it is true that adieu is French, it was a word that would have been part of Joseph Smith's vocabulary, and have the correct meaning of a farewell commended to God. Translation is one of meaning, and this term adequately communicates the meaning intended.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon