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"[To Teach]...the Ways of the Lord," Jarom1:1-7


Jarom's primary reason for making his record was to preserve the genealogy of his people, according to the commandment that he had received of his father, Enos. He also understands that the primary benefactors will be the Lamanites at some future date.(verse 1)

Though he had prophecies and revelations of his own, one of the marks of Jarom's humility is that he points to what had already been written by Nephi, Jacob, and Enos, explaining that the plan of Salvation had already been revealed by them. (verse 2)

After explaining the difference between the Nephites (a God-fearing people, vs 5) and the Lamanites (a blood-thirsty group, vs 6), Jarom explains how the leadership of the Nephites caused their people to prevail against the Lamanites. "Our leaders were mighty men in the faith of the Lord; and they taught the people the ways of the Lord;" (verse 7). Mighty men of faith teach the ways of the Lord to the people, and thus the people are strengthened to understand and prevail against their opposition.