â€œIntroduction to the Book of Jarom,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2012)
â€œJarom,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual
As students study the book of Jarom, they will see that God keeps His promise to bless those who obey His commandments. They will also learn about the efforts of Nephite kings, prophets, teachers, and priests of Jaromâ€™s day to help the people repent and avoid destruction.
Enosâ€™s son Jarom wrote this book. Like his fatherâ€”and like his grandfather Jacob and his great-grandfather Lehiâ€”Jarom had the spirit of prophecy and revelation (see Jarom 1:2). When he finished his record, he passed the plates to his son Omni.
Jarom said that he wrote â€œaccording to the commandment of [his] father, Enos, that [their] genealogy may be keptâ€ (Jarom 1:1). He also indicated that his record was â€œwritten for â€¦ the benefit of [his] brethren the Lamanitesâ€ (Jarom 1:2; see also Enos 1:13â€“18). Jarom did not record his own prophecies and revelations, because he believed those recorded by his fathers sufficiently â€œrevealed the plan of salvationâ€ (Jarom 1:2). Instead, he described the labors of the Nephite leaders during the time of his ministry. These leaders â€œwere mighty men in the faith of the Lordâ€ (Jarom 1:7) who continually urged the people to repent and obey the commandments (see Jarom 1:3â€“5, 10â€“12). Jarom observed that when the people chose to follow the counsel of their righteous leaders, they prospered and were able to fortify themselves against the Lamanites. He testified, â€œThe word of the Lord was verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that: Inasmuch as ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the landâ€ (Jarom 1:9; see also 1 Nephi 2:19â€“20).
The book of Jarom is the shortest book in the Book of Mormon. It provides details about the growth of the Nephite civilization, stating that they had â€œmultiplied exceedingly, and spread upon the face of the landâ€ (Jarom 1:8). They had also become rich in resources and had become skilled in working with wood and metal, constructing buildings, crafting machinery, and making tools and weapons (see Jarom 1:8).
Jarom 1:1â€“2 Jarom receives the plates and explains his purpose for writing.
Jarom 1:3â€“12 Jarom records the fulfillment of the Lordâ€™s promise to bless and prosper the Nephites as they kept His commandments. He testifies of the Saviorâ€™s power to save people from sin even before His mortal ministry, allowing people to â€œbelieve in him â€¦ as though he already wasâ€ (Jarom 1:11).
Jarom 1:13â€“15 Jarom states that an account of the wars between the Nephites and Lamanites was kept on the large plates of Nephi. He passes the small plates to his son Omni.