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As I have been reading from the Book of Mormon these past few months, I have noticed a common occurrence: a statement of intended language. In 2 Nephi 31: 2-3, Nephi states that he will speak in plain language and he emphasizes "plain" multiple times. He says "I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ; wherefore, I shall speak unto you plainly, according the the plainness of my prophesying". The prophets of the Book of Mormon write to enlighten and engage our understanding; They do not write to confuse or misguide. Just like if we want to convey something clear and essential, we do not do so in difficult terms. We tell it like it is. The Book of Mormon is meant to be understood by humanity for it was written for humanity. Nephi testifies "For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding". The Book of Mormon was not only written for scholars or prophets but for us. It was written plainly and is meant to be understood.