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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1879, by

JOSEPH F. SMITH, In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

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Wherefore it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Laman.
ites; 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
revelatiou. 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 takeu 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 remnaut
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 GOL.
manifesting himself unto all nations. And now if there are faults, they are the inistakes
of men : wherefore condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the
judgment-seat of Christ.

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