“And It Came to Pass” in the Book of Mormon
The Hebrew expression rendered “and it came to pass” in English is also found in the Bible. It is a necessary part of the Hebrew language, where it comprises only four letters linked together wyhy, meaning “and it happened.” The letters representing w and y are the smallest in the Hebrew alphabet. The Nephites, who used Egyptian characters to keep the record contained in the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi 1:2; Mormon 9:32-34), may have used an abbreviation for this and other common expressions, thus taking even less space on the plates. Abbreviations are known to have been used by Bible scribes.[i]
A single glyph is used to represent the same idea in the Mayan language, leading some Latter-day Saint scholars to suggest that Mayan may have borrowed the idea from the Hebrew of the Nephites.
[i] G. R. Driver, “Abbreviations in the Massoretic Text,” Textus I (1960) 112-31; “Once Again, Abbreviations,” Textus IV (1964), 76-94.