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    An account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates
   taken from the plates of Nephi.

1    Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record
   of the people of Nephi,
And also of the Lamanites.
2    Written to the Lamanites which are a remnant
   of the house of Israel,
And also to Jew and Gentile.
3    Written by way of commandment,
   And also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation.
4    Written and sealed up and hid up unto the Lord,
   that they might not be destroyed,
To come forth by the fgift 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-
5    An abridgment taken from the book of Ether also,
   which is a record of the people of Jared,
Which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded
   the language of the people when they were
   building a tower to get to heaven-
6    Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel
   how 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.
7    And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile
   that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God,
   manifesting Himself unto all nations.
8    And now if there be fault, it be the mistake 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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