Now we come to the book of Jarom. This book is only one chapter long. In 420 B.C.Jarom received the records from his father, Enos. Jarom was the grandson of Jacob, the grand nephew of Nephi, and therefore the great grandson of Lehi.
Jarom says that one of the reasons his fathers wanted this record preserved from generation to generation was so that their genealogy could be preserved. Nevertheless, Jarom says these plates are small and were written primarily for the benefit of the Lamanites. He therefore warns that while he must write a little, it will not include any of his prophesying nor his revelations. Jarom doubted that he could add anything significant to the writings of his fathers. He says that since they have described the whole plan of salvation, he is satisfied to let the record stand without encumbering it with repetitive revelations given during his lifetime. It is for this same reason that the modern canon of revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants is kept rather brief.