THE WORDS OF MORMON
. CHAPTER I.
AND now I, Mormon, being about to deliver up the record which I have been
, into the hands of my son Moroni,
behold , I have witnessed almost all the destruction of my
people, the Nephites.
2 And it is many hundred years after the coming of Christ
that I deliver these records into the hands of my son; and it supposeth me that
he will witness the entire destruction of my people. But may God grant
that he may survive them, that he may write somewhat concerning them, and
somewhat concerning Christ, that perhaps some day it may profit them.
3 And now, I speak somewhat concerning that which I have
:; for after
that I had made an abridgment from the plates of Nephi, down to
the reign of this king Benjamin, of which whom Amaleki spake, I searched among the records which had
been delivered into my hands, and I found these plates, which contained this
small account of the Pprophets, from
Jacob , down to the reign of this king
Benjamin ;, and
also , many of the words of Nephi.
4 And the things which are upon these plates pleasing me, because of the
prophecies of the coming of Christ; and my fathers knowing that many of them
have been fulfilled
,; yea, and I
also know that as many things as have been prophesied concerning us down to this
day , has have been
fulfilled ;, and as many as go beyond
this day , must surely come to pass ;--
wWherefore, I chose these
things, to finish my record upon them, which remainder of my record I shall take
from the plates of Nephi; and I cannot write a the hundredth part of the things of my people.
6 But behold, I shall take these plates, which contain these
csyings and revelations, and
put them with the remainder of my record, for they are choice unto me; and I
know they will be choice unto my brethren.
7 And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to
the workings of the
sSpirit of the
Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord
knoweth all things which is are to
come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will.
8 And my prayer to God
, is concerning my brethren, that they
may once again come to the knowledge of God ;, yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may once again
be a delightsome people.
9 And now I, Mormon, proceed to finish out my record, which I take from the
plates of Nephi; and I make it according to the knowledge and the understanding
hath has given me.
10 Wherefore, it came to pass that after Amaleki had delivered up these
plates into the hands of king Benjamin, he took them and put them with the other
plates, which contained records which had been handed down by the kings, from
generation to generation
, until the days of king
aAnd they were handed down
from king Benjamin, from generation to generation,
until they have fallen into my hands. And I, Mormon, pray to God that they
may be preserved , from this time hence forth
henceforth. And I know that they will be
preserved :; for there are great
things written upon them, out of which my people and their
brethren , shall be judged at the great and last day, according
to the word of God which is written.
12 And now, concerning this king Benjamin
:-- Hhe had somewhat of contentions
among his own people.
13 And it came to pass also
, that the armies of the
Lamanites came down out of the land of Nephi, to battle against his people.
But behold, king Benjamin gathered together his armies, and he did stand
against them; and he did fight with the strength of his own arm, with the sword
of Laban ;.
aAnd in the strength of the
Lord they did contend against their enemies, until they had slain many thousands
of the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did contend against the
Lamanites , until they had driven them out of all the lands of
15 And it came to pass that after there had been false Christs, and their mouths had been shut, and they punished according to their crimes;
aAnd after there had been
false prophets, and false preachers and teachers among the people, and all these
having been punished according to their crimes; and after there having been much
contention s and many dissen tsions , away unto the Lamanites, behold, it
came to pass that king Benjamin, with the assistance of the
Hholy Pprophets which were among his people :--
fFor behold, king Benjamin was
a holy man, and he did reign over his people in
Aand there were many holy men
in the land ;, and they did speak the
word of God , with power and with authority; and they did use
much sharpness , because of the stiffneckedness of the
wWherefore, with the help of
these, king Benjamin, by laboring with all the might of his body and the faculty
of his whole soul, and also the prophets,
wherefore, they did once more establish peace in the land.