“To Preserve Our Genealogy”

Brant Gardner

Literary: Omni begins precisely as Jarom did, with a formal declaration that he will preserve his genealogy, and just as his father did, he gives not a single begat (other than the clear indication that he is the son of his father). Given the brevity of Omni's addition to the small plates, we may be sure that his opening phrase is copied from that which his father had written, and is to be considered as formulaic rather than descriptive.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon