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Question 4
Wordiness & "and it came to pass"

Jacob 4:1 tells us that only a little of the words can be written because of the difficulty of engraving the plates.  Why then did God inspire the Nephite prophets to be so wordy?  There are numerous examples.  Many sentences are 200 to 300 words long.  There are 2000 "and it came to pass" phrases.  But the best example has to be in 4 Nephi 1:6 where 57 words are used to merely say that 59 years had passed by.