A Merismus is a poetic device that exemplifies a totality between two words – a range of “everything inbetween.” Here is an example from the book of Joel:

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. (Joel 2)

The Book of Mormon likewise has Merismus all throughout. Here is an example:

44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil. (Alma 11)

[Noel B. Reynolds, “Gospel Merisms in the Book of Mormon,” All Faculty Publications—1473, 2015, url:]