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The 5-word string “And it came to pass” appears 1,070 times in the Book of Mormon. On the average, that’s more than 2.01 times per page, or about 16% of the verses.

Mark Twain commented about this excess:

“‘And it came to pass’ was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet.”

Mark Twain, Roughing It (Hartford, CT: American Publishing Co., 1891), 127-128.