“I Will Tell You of the Wrestle Which I Had Before God Before I Received a Remission of My Sins”

Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen

The story of Enos is one about the power of fervent prayer. Prayer is the gateway to the “mighty change” (Mosiah 5:2) that will sweep away the guilt from our lives and align us with the patterns of divine truth. Enos continues in the righteous pathways commended to him by his father, Jacob. However, at the outset of his ministry, he feels driven to seek a spiritual confirmation of his spiritual worthiness—what he calls “the wrestle which I had before God” (verse 2)—and the means whereby his guilt can be “swept away” (verse 6). The contribution of Enos to the ongoing sacred record of the people is limited, mostly, to this single experience with prayer and its impact on his compassionate but futile mission to restore the Lamanites to a place among the covenant people. Nevertheless, righteous prayer is an indispensable element in the process of forgiveness and the dispensing of divine blessings.

Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1