The Book of Mormon
A Reader's Edition
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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The Book of Mormon is regarded as sacred scripture by more than twelve million people who generally accept it as an authentic record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the New World. It has provoked strong reactions— both positive and negative—since its publication in 1830, but by any standard it remains one of the most significant religious works to come out of...
The Small Plates of Nephi
The First Book of Nephi: His Reign and Ministry
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1I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. ...
The Second Book of Nephi
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1And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of teaching my brethren, our father, Lehi, also spake many things unto them, how great things the Lord had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem. 2And he spake unto them concerning their rebellions upon the waters, and the mercies of God in sparing their lives, that they were not swallowed up in...
The Book of Jacob, the Brother of Nephi
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1For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years had passed away from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem;a wherefore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a commandment concerning the small plates, upon which these things are engraven. 2And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should write upon these plates a few of the things which I consider to be most precious; that I should...
The Book of Enos
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1Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man, for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—2And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins. ...
The Book of Jarom
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1Now behold, I, Jarom, write a few words according to the commandment of my father, Enos, that our genealogy may be kept. 2And as these plates are small, and as these things are written for the intent of the benefit of our brethren the Lamanites, wherefore, it must needs be that I write a little; but I shall not write the things of my prophesying, nor of my revelations. ...
The Book of Omni
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1Behold, it came to pass that I, Omni, being commanded by my father, Jarom, that I should write somewhat upon these plates, to preserve our genealogy—2Wherefore, in my days, I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword to preserve my people, the Nephites, from falling into the hands of their enemies, the Lamanites. But behold, I of myself am a wicked man...
Mormon2's Explanatory Comments: The Words of Mormon
The Words of Mormon
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1And now I, Mormon, being about to deliver up the record which I have been making into the hands of my son Moroni, behold, I have witnessed almost all the destruction of my people, the Nephites. 2And it is many hundred years after the coming of Christ that I deliver these records into the hands of my son;a and it supposeth me that he will witness the entire destruction of my...
Mormon2's Abridgment of the Large Plates of Nephi: Mosiah – Mormon 7
The Book of Mosiaha
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1And now, there was no more contention in all the land of Zarahemla, among all the people who belonged to King Benjamin, so that King Benjamin had continual peace all the remainder of his days. 2And it came to pass that he had three sons; and he called their names Mosiah, and Helorum, and Helaman. And he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his...
The Book of Alma, the Son of Alma
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1Now it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,a from this time forward, King Mosiah having gone the way of all the earth, having warred a good warfare, walking uprightly before God, leaving none to reign in his stead; nevertheless he had established laws, and they were acknowledged by the people; therefore they were obliged to abide by the...
The Book of Helamana
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1And now, behold, it came to pass in the commencement of the fortieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,b there began to be a serious difficulty among the people of the Nephites. 2For behold, Pahoran had died, and gone the way of all the earth; therefore there began to be a serious contention concerning who should have the judgment-seat among the brethren...
Third Nephi: The Book of Nephi,a the Son of Nephi, Who Was the Son of Helaman
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1Now it came to pass that the ninety and first year had passed awayc and it was six hundred years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; and it was in the year that Lachoneus was the chief judge and the governor over the land.2 And Nephi, the son of Helaman, had departed out of the land of Zarahemla, giving charge unto his son Nephi, who was his eldest son, concerning the Plates...
Fourth Nephi: The Book of Nephi,a Who Is the Son of Nephi, One of the Disciples of Jesus Christ
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1And it came to pass that the thirty and fourth year passed away,b and also the thirty and fifth,c and behold, the disciples of Jesus had formed a church of Christ in all the lands round about. And as many as did come unto them, and did truly repent of their sins, were baptized in the name of Jesus; and they did also receive the Holy Ghost. 2And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year,d ...
The Book of Mormon (Chapters 1–7)
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1And now I, Mormon, make a record of the things which I have both seen and heard, and call it the book of Mormon. 2And about the time that Ammaron hid up the records unto the Lord,a he came unto me (I being about ten years of age, and I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people), and Ammaron said unto me, “I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe; ...
Moroni2's Additions to His Father's Record: Mormon 8 – Moroni 10
The Book of Mormon (Chapters 8-9)
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1Behold, I, Moroni, do finish the record of my father, Mormon. Behold, I have but few things to write, which things I have been commanded by my father. 2And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were all destroyed. 3And my father also...
The Book of Ethera
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1And now I, Moroni, proceed to give an account of those ancient inhabitants who were destroyed by the hand of the Lord upon the face of this north country. 2And I take mine account from the twenty and four plates which were found by the people of Limhi, which is called the book of Ether.b ...
The Book of Moroni
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1Now I, Moroni, after having made an end of abridging the account of the people of Jared, I had supposed not to have written more, but I have not as yet perished; and I make not myself known to the Lamanites lest they should destroy me. 2For behold, their wars are exceedingly fierce among themselves; and because of their hatred they put to death every Nephite that will not deny the...
Appendix 1: Testimonies of Joseph Smith and Other Witnesses; Appendix 2: Chronology of the Translation; Appendix 3: The Lost Manuscript Two Documents; Appendix 4: Book of Mormon Plates and Records; Appendix 5: Book of Mormon Poetry; Appendix 6: Significant Changes in the Text; Appendix 7: Charts and Maps; Appendix 8: Glossary of Names
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Suggestions for Further Reading
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Publication Year: 2003