Enos and the Words Concerning Eternal Life


Enos, Eternal Life, Prayer, Book of Mormon, Mormon studies


The Book of Mormon contains many detailed accounts illustrating the power of the “word,” or “words,” in bringing individuals to Christ through repentance. Its inspired authors and editors were conscious of its mission: to come forth in the latter days to bring men to Christ. They were also aware that this mission was to be fulfilled through the words which they were writing. Nephi says of the Book of Mormon, “The words of the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead” (2 Nephi 27:13), and Moroni says the Lord will say to us at the judgment bar: “Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust?” (Moroni 10:27; see also 2 Nephi 33:13; Mormon 8:26).

Original Publication Citation

“Enos and the Words Concerning Eternal Life.” Pages 235-50 in The Book of Mormon: Jacob Through Words of Mormon, To Learn With Joy. Edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr. Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1990.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Religious Studies Center




Religious Education


Ancient Scripture

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Full Professor