Eon and Books

Soon after the Jaredites arrived in the Promised Land, Eon, a grandson of the Brother of Jared, was asked by his grandfather to create a way to publish their prophecies and writings. He was a prayerful man and sought inspiration and guidance from the Lord.

Since they brought records and writings with them to the promised land, Eon used those as an example of what he needed to do as well as crafting new methods of printing their records. All the resources they needed to create the best supplies were plentifully found in the Promised Land. Gold, silver, brass, copper, among other metals, were found and made into thin plates. Different types of wood was harvested and made into various types of paper. Flax grew in abundance and was used to create linens for a type of paper, as well as cloth. It seemed that the ability to publish writings and scriptures came easily for Eon and those who helped him. They found amazing resources to formulate the best inks, paints, and other materials to write with. Because God knew how important writing down their scriptures, prophecies, histories, and stories was and He provided them with the various processes to do that.

Writings that Eon wanted to preserve for generations, especially scriptures, prophecies, and histories, were carefully etched into metal plates. Many different metals were used, depending on the book and what the author desired. Original scriptures and histories were put on the best metals Eon could find then preserved in a safe place to be handed down through the generations. Eon prayed earnestly that those records would be preserved, even in times of wickedness, which he knew would come. In answer to his fervent prayers, God reassured him that the scriptures, prophecies, and histories would be preserved so in a future day, they would bring light to an ever darkening world.

Using the best paper they could make, Eon created a type of lithograph to quickly and easily make several copies of writings. Working with the authors and orators, they etched the words onto specialized plates and covered the plates with selected inks. Then he placed the sheets of paper on the plates and the words and sometime pictures were transferred to the paper. The sheets would then be tied or glued together and enclosed in a leather cover to protect the pages. Several books could be made in one day and then sold in various markets. This method of publishing made it possible for several copies of scriptures and histories to be distributed. Eon knew that printing on paper would not last as long as metal plates, but it was an excellent way to produce multiple copies of documents. Although a copy of the scriptures, prophecies, and histories were etched into the metal plates for preservation, copies were printed on paper so each person could have their own copies. Authors who wrote and published stories, poems, and information generally used paper. Occasionally, some authors chose to preserve their work and would take the time to etch their words on plates.

As the Jaredites continued to gain knowledge, they recorded what they learned to be passed down through the generations.