Enos

Nephite prophet, record keeper

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Enos

The Savior taught that “ye must always pray unto the Father in my name; And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you”. Enos desired a remission of his sins. He hungered spiritually to be able to enjoy “eternal life, and the joy of the saints” —blessings that his father, Jacob, had unveiled to him as part of “the nurture and admonition of the Lord”. Alone, and in pursuit of this goal, Enos knelt down and prayed. In his words, he recorded, “I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens”. The Lord heard his supplication. “Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed”. When he asked how such a thing is done, the Lord answered him, “Because of thy faith in Christ”.

Receiving forgiveness for himself was insufficient for Enos. Having received that gift through the power of the Atonement, Enos felt an overpowering surge of charity. He prayed fervently that the Lord would preserve the records of His dealings with the people and allow those records to be made available to his brethren the Lamanites as an instrument of salvation. As a result, the Lord covenanted with Enos that this would be fulfilled “in his own due time”. Then Enos felt peace and comfort, “wherefore my soul did rest”.

History: Enos was the son of Jacob, brother of Nephi. His well-known experience with prayer took place sometime in the period 544 BC to 421 BC. Following his spiritual rejuvenation, Enos served his people in righteousness throughout the remainder of his life.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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