THE BOOK OF NEPHI, WHO IS THE SON OF NEPHI,
ONE OF THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST
An account of the people of Nephi, according to his record.
And it came to pass that the thirty and fourth year passed away,
and also the thirty and fifth, and behold the disciples of Jesus had
formed a church of Christ in all the lands round about.
2 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
3 And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year, the people
were all converted unto the Lord upon all the face of the land, both
Nephites and Lamanites, and there were no contentions and
disputations among them and every man did deal justly one with
another and they had all things common among them.
4 Therefore there
were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free
and partakers of the heavenly gift.
5 And it came to pass that the thirty and seventh year passed away also and
there still continued to be peace in the land.
6 And there were great
and marvellous works wrought by the disciples of Jesus insomuch that
they did heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cause the lame to
walk, and the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear.
all manner of miracles did they work among the children of men, and
in nothing did they work miracles save it were in the name of Jesus.
8 And thus did the thirty and eighth year pass away, and also the
thirty and ninth, and the forty and first, and the forty and second;
yea, even until forty and nine years had passed away, and also the
fifty and first, and the fifty and second; yea, and even until fifty
and nine years had passed away.
9 And the Lord did prosper them
exceedingly in the land, yea, insomuch that they did fill cities
again where there had been cities burned, yea, even that great city
Zarahemla did they cause to be built again.
10 But there were many
cities which had been sunk and waters came up in the stead thereof,
therefore these cities could not be renewed.
11 And now behold it came
to pass that the people of Nephi did wax strong and did multiply
exceeding fast and became an exceeding fair and delightsome people.
12 And they were married and given in marriage and were blessed
according to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made
13 And they did not walk any more after the performances and
ordinances of the law of Moses, but they did walk after the
commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God,
continuing in fasting and prayer and in meeting together oft, both to
pray and to hear the word of the Lord.
14 And it came to pass that there
was no contention among all the people in all the land, but there
were mighty miracles wrought among the disciples of Jesus.
15 And it came to pass that the seventy and first year passed away, and also
the seventy and second year, yea, and in fine, till the seventy and
ninth year had passed away.
16 Yea, even an hundred years had passed
away and the disciples of Jesus whom he had chosen had all gone to
the paradise of God -save it were the three who should tarry,
and there were other disciples ordained in their stead- and
also many of that generation which had passed away.
17 And it came to
pass that there was no contention in the land because of the love of
God which did dwell in the hearts of the people, and there were no
envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor
murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness, and surely there could not
be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the
hand of God.
18 There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there
Lamanites or any manner of -ites, but they were in one the children
of Christ and heirs to the kingdom of God.
19 And how blessed were they
for the Lord did bless them in all their doings, yea, even they were
blessed and prospered until an hundred and ten years had passed away.
20 And the first generation from Christ had passed away and there was no
contention in all the land.
21 And it came to pass that Nephi, he that kept this last record -and
he kept it upon the plates of Nephi- died, and his son Amos
kept it in his stead.
22 And he kept it upon the plates of Nephi also
and he kept it eighty and four years.
23 And there was still peace in
the land save it were a small part of the people who had revolted
from the church and took upon them the name of Lamanites; therefore
there began to be Lamanites again in the land.
24 And it came to pass
that Amos died also and it was an hundred and ninety and four years
from the coming of Christ and his son Amos kept the record in his
25 And he also kept it upon the plates of Nephi and it was also
written in the book of Nephi, which is this book.
26 And it came to pass
that two hundred years had passed away and the second generation had
all passed away save it were a few.
27 And now I, Mormon, would that ye should know that the people had
multiplied insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the
land and that they had become exceeding rich because of their
prosperity in Christ.
28 And now in this two hundred and first year
there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such
as the wearing of costly apparel and all manner of fine pearls and of
the fine things of the world.
29 And from that time forth they did have
their goods and their substance no more common among them and they
began to be divided into classes.
30 And they began to build up churches
unto themselves to get gain and began to deny the true church of
31 And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away
there were many churches in the land.
32 Yea, there were many churches
which professed to know the Christ and yet they did deny the more
parts of his gospel, insomuch that they did receive all manner of
wickedness and did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom
it had been forbidden because of unworthiness.
33 And this church did
multiply exceedingly because of iniquity and because of the power of
Satan who did get hold upon their hearts.
34 And again, there was
another church which denied the Christ, and they did persecute the
true church of Christ because of their humility and their belief in
35 And they did despise them because of the many miracles which
were wrought among them, therefore they did exercise power and
authority over the disciples of Jesus who did tarry with them.
they did cast them into prison, but by the power of the word of God
which was in them the prisons were rent in twain and they went forth
doing mighty miracles among them.
37 Nevertheless, and notwithstanding
all these miracles, the people did harden their hearts and did seek
to kill them even as the Jews at Jerusalem sought to kill Jesus
according to his word.
38 And they did cast them into furnaces of fire
and they came forth receiving no harm, and they also cast them into
dens of wild beasts and they did play with the wild beasts even as a
child with a lamb.
39 And they did come forth from among them, receiving
40 Nevertheless, the people did harden their hearts for they
were led by many priests and false prophets to build up many churches
and to do all manner of iniquity.
41 And they did smite upon the people
of Jesus, but the people of Jesus did not smite again.
42 And thus they
did dwindle in unbelief and wickedness from year to year, even until
two hundred and thirty years had passed away.
43 And now it came to pass in this year, yea, in the two hundred and thirty
and first year, there was a great division among the people.
44 And it
came to pass that in this year there arose a people who were called
the Nephites and they were true believers in Christ.
45 And among them
there were those who were called by the Lamanites: Jacobites and
Josephites and Zoramites.
46 Therefore the true believers in Christ and
the true worshipers of Christ, among whom were the three disciples of
Jesus who should tarry, were called Nephites and Jacobites and
Josephites and Zoramites.
47 And it came to pass that they who rejected
the gospel were called Lamanites and Lemuelites and Ishmaelites.
they did not dwindle in unbelief, but they did wilfully rebel against
the gospel of Christ and they did teach their children that they
should not believe, even as their fathers from the beginning did
49 And it was because of the wickedness and abominations of
their fathers even as it was in the beginning.
50 And they were taught
to hate the children of God even as the Lamanites were taught to hate
the children of Nephi from the beginning.
51 And it came to pass that
two hundred and forty and four years had passed away, and thus were
the affairs of the people.
52 And the more wicked part of the people did
wax strong and became exceeding more numerous than were the people of
53 And they did still continue to build up churches unto themselves
and adorn them with all manner of precious things.
54 And thus did two
hundred and fifty years pass away, and also two hundred and sixty
55 And it came to pass that the wicked part of the people began again to
build up the secret oaths and combinations of Gadianton.
56 And also,
the people who were called the people of Nephi began to be proud in
their hearts because of their exceeding riches and become vain like
unto their brethren the Lamanites.
57 And from this time the disciples
began to sorrow for the sins of the world.
58 And it came to pass that
when three hundred years had passed away, both the people of Nephi
and the Lamanites had become exceeding wicked, one like unto another.
59 And it came to pass that the robbers of Gadianton did spread over all
the face of the land and there were none that were righteous save it
were the disciples of Jesus.
60 And gold and silver did they lay up in
store in abundance and did traffic in all manner of traffic.
61 And it came to pass that after three hundred and five years had passed
away and the people did still remain in wickedness, Amos died and his
brother Ammaron did keep the record in his stead.
62 And it came to pass
that when three hundred and twenty years had passed away, Ammaron,
being constrained by the Holy Ghost, did hide up the records which
were sacred, yea, even all the sacred records which had been handed
down from generation to generation which were sacred, even until the
three hundred and twentieth year from the coming of Christ.
63 And he
did hide them up unto the Lord that they might come again unto the
remnant of the house of Jacob according to the prophecies and the
promises of the Lord, and thus is the end of the record of Ammaron.