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THE

BOOK OF MORMON:

AN ACCOUNT WRITTEN BY

THE HAND OF MORMON,

UPON

Plates taken from the Plates of Nephi.

Wherefore it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites; written to the Lamanites who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile: written by way of commandment, and also by the Spirit of prophecy and of revelation. Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed; to come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof : sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile; the interpretation thereof by the gift of God.

An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also ; which is a record of the people of Jared; who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people when they were building a tower to get to heaven ; which is to shew unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever; and also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations. And now if there are faults, they are the mistakes of men : wherefore condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.

TRANSLATED BY JOSEPH SMITH, JUN.

DIVISION INTO CHAPTERS AND VERSES, WITH REFERENCES,

BY ORSON PRATT, SEN.

THIRD ELECTROTYPE EDITION.

LIVERPOOL:
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY JOHN HENRY SMITH,

42, ISLINGTON,

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ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL.

PODLEIGH

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Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people unto whom this work shall come, that we, through the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, have seen the plates which contain this record, which is a record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites, their brethren, and also of the people of Jared, who came from the tower of which hath been spoken; and we also know that they have been translated by the gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true. And we also testify that we have seen the engravings which are upon the plates ; and they have been shewn unto us by the power of God, and not of man. And we declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record that these things are true; and it is marvellous in our eyes, nevertheless the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it; wherefore, to be obedient unto the commandments of God, we bear testimony of these things. And we know that if we are faithful in Christ, we shall rid our garments of the blood of all men, and be found spotless before the judgment-seat of Christ, and shall dwell with him eternally in the heavens. And the honour be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.

OLIVER COWDERY,
DAVID WHITMER,
MARTIN HARRIS.

And also the Testimony of Eight TUI itnesses.

Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people unto whom this work shall come, that Joseph Smith, Jun., the translator of this work, has shewn unto us the plates of which hath been spoken, which have the appearance of gold; and as many of the leaves as the said Smith has translated, we did handle with our hands; and we also saw the engravings thereon, all of which has the appearance of ancient work, and of curious workmanship. And this we bear record with words of soberness, that the said Smith has shewn unto us, for we have seen and hefted, and know of a surety that the said Smith has got the plates of which we have spoken. And we give our names unto the world, to witness unto the world that which we have seen; and we lie not, God bearing witness of it.

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CONTENTS.

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1. NEPHI

1 Ship finished and entered

45

Language of the Record

1 Dancing in the ship

45

Nephi's

Abridgment

3 Nephi bound : ship driven back.. 46

Leħi's Dream

3 Arrived on the promised land 47

Lehi departs into the wilderness 3 Plates of ore made

47

Nephi slayeth Laban

9 Zenos, Neum, and Zenock

48

Sariah complains of Lehi's Vision 10 Isaiah's Writings

50

Contents of the brass plates 11 Holy One of Israel..

55

Ishmael goes with Nephi

13

Nephi's brethren rebel, and bind

him..

14

Lehi's dream of the tree, rod, &c. 15

Messiah and John prophesied of 18 II. NEPHI

58

Olive Branches broken off

19 Lehi to his sons

58

Nephi's Vision of Mary

21 Opposition in all things

62

Do. the Crucifixion of Christ 23 Adam fell that men might be 64

Do. darkness and earthquake 24 Joseph saw our day

65

Great abominable church

25 A choice seer

65

Discovery of the promised land 26 Writings grow together

66

Bible spoken of

27 Prophet promised to the Laman-

Book of Mormon and Holy Ghost

67

promised

28 Joseph's prophecy on brass plates 67

Other books come forth

29 Lehi buried

68

Bible and Book of Mormon one 29 Nephi's life sought..

70

Promises to the Gentiles

29 Nephi separated from Laman 70

Two Churches..

30 Temple built

71

The work of the Father to com-

Skin of blackness

72

mence

31 Priests, &c. consecrated

72

A man in white robes (John) 31 Make other plates

72

Nephites come to knowledge 33 Isaiah's words (by Jacob)

73

Rod of Iron

34 Angels to a devil

79

The sons of Lehi take wives

36 Spirits and bodies re-united

79

Director found (ball)

36 Baptism

81

Nephi broke his bow

37 No kings upon this land

84

Directors work by faith
38 Isaiah prophesieth

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87

Ishmael died

38 Rod of the stem of Jesse

100

Lehi and Nephi threatened.. 38 Seed of Joseph perish not

Nephi commanded to build a ship 40 Law of Moses kept

109

Nephi about to be worshipped by Christ shall shew himself

110

his brethren..

44 | Signs of Christ, birth and death 110

.. 109

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