One chapter, one book. Pretty sweet, right? Right, but mostly because the content of Enos, even though short, is AMAZING!
This week I plan on focusing on cause and effect in my scripture reading, the directions provided to me for this study skill is to look for the following scriptural markers:
- If/Then relationships
- Inasmuch as….
- “If” without the “Then”
- No markers at all (sometimes a series of cause and effects
Something to keep in mind as we begin this new book with a new prophet is that at the end of the Book of Jacob, Jacob stated that he passed the responsibility to his son Enos. Therefore, Enos is the son of Jacob, the nephew of Nephi, the grandson of Lehi who left Jerusalem in approximately 600 BC with his family at the direction of The Lord.
I really like the opening of this book because Enos shares with us, how he became a prophet, he wasn’t just handed the plates to engrave upon and so he did so, but he felt a responsibility to the plates, or perhaps even just a responsibility to his father after he passed away… whatever the original cause that pierced Enos’ heart, we benefit with his short writings. Enos was out hunting for animals and the words of his father about eternal life and joy of the saints “sunk deep into” his heart. As his “soul hungered” he cried out in prayer for a really long time (longer than I have ever prayed in one go) and continued to do so until a voice came unto him. Enos then heard directly from the Lord and his sins were forgiven as he had prayed for them to be. After Enos had the great privilege to chat with the Jesus Christ, the words of Christ began to sing into his heart and he started to feel a great desire for the welfare of his people as Jacob had taught him. ( I think this is a cause and effect, his dad taught and then he felt, but it isn’t laid out in scriptural text this way) Jesus then came back to Enos and told him that as long as the Nephites were diligent in keeping the commandments and were a righteous people that He would be with them and they would be blessed, however, if they were not, they would be afflicted accordingly. Enos shares with us how greatly his faith was strengthened by these visits and he prayed for a long time, even for the Lamanites.
“And it came to pass” I think this is another cause and effect statement, at least in this instance. Verse 12 reads “And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith.” Cause: Enos’ diligence in prayer Effect: Prayer answered
My favorite verse of this chapter because of what we know in this day, verse 13 tells us what happens in the future…. love love love it!
After this (I’m not telling you, you have to read it for yourself) Enos goes out toe the Nephites and prophecies and teaches the people and then his people tried diligently to preach to the Lamanites who didn’t want to hear anything they had to say. Enos tells us at this time that the Lamanites are pretty savage, are idolatrous, and that they continued to seek to destroy the Nephites. (so sad) He then tells us that the Nephites were beginning to become hard in their hearts (even sadder.) Enos tells us that he saw many wars and much contention among the Nephites and between the Nephites and the Lamanites.
Enos then tells us that he is going to die soon and shares his testimony of the knowledge of the Celestial Kingdom and that he knows that he shall go back to live in immortality with Heavenly Father.
I am so thankful to have the fullness of the gospel in my life and perhaps a little more grateful as this Sabbath day winds down and comes to a close. I am thankful to have been able to partake of the Sacrament today, to attend all of my meetings and to spend time with my family in scripture study.
I pray that any of you reading this, enjoyed your Sabbath as much or more than I did. I leave this blog post with you in the name of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Amen.