Omni

Nephite record keeper

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Omni

Omni received the sacred records from his father, Jarom, around 361 BC, with the commission that they “be kept according to the commandments of my fathers”. Omni complied with the task to “write somewhat upon these plates, to preserve our genealogy”. Yet he did so with a unique confession. “But behold, I of myself am a wicked man, and I have not kept the statutes and the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have done”. Wicked or not, Omni was a defender of his people. “Wherefore, in my days, I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword to preserve my people, the Nephites, from falling into the hands of their enemies, the Lamanites”. He also faithfully guarded and preserved the records for some forty-four years during a time of considerable turmoil and warfare. Around 317 BC, he delegated to his son Amaron the task of maintaining the records. The following sequence of seven record-keepers between the time of Jacob (son of Lehi and brother of Nephi) and the reign of King Benjamin (around 130 BC) shows Omni’s position: Enos (son of Jacob), Jarom (son of Enos), Omni (son of Jarom), Amaron (son of Omni), Chemish (brother of Amaron), Abinadom (son of Chemish), and Amaleki (son of Abinadom), who passed the records on to Benjamin.

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

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