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First Nephi 9 Nephi makes two sets of records—Each is called the plates of Nephi—The larger plates contain a secular

history; the smaller ones deal primarily with


sacred things. About 600–592 B.C.

1 AND A all these things did my father see, and mine own name; and K these plates also are called the more part of the reign of the kings and the wars
hear, and speak, as he dwelt in a tent, in the valley the plates of Nephi. 3 Nevertheless, L I have and contentions of my people. 5 Wherefore, D the
of Lemuel, and also B a great many more things, received a commandment of the Lord that I should Lord hath commanded me to make C these plates
which cannot be written upon C these plates. 2 And make these plates, L for the special purpose that for a wise purpose in him, B which purpose I know
now, as D I have spoken concerning E these plates, there should be K an account engraven of the not. 6 But the Lord knoweth A all things from the
behold F they are not the plates upon which I make ministry of J my people. 4 Upon I the other plates beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to
G a full account of the history of H my people; for should be engraven an account of the reign of the accomplish B all his works among the children of
I the plates upon which I make a full account of kings, and the wars and contentions of H my men; for behold, he hath B all power unto the
J my people I have given the name of Nephi; people; wherefore G these plates are for F the more fulfilling of A all his words. And thus it is. Amen.
wherefore, they are called the plates of Nephi, after part of the ministry; and E the other plates are for

AND
A all these things did my father see, and hear, and speak, as he dwelt in a tent, in the valley of Lemuel, and also
B a great many more things, which cannot be written upon
C these plates. 2 And now, as
D I have spoken concerning
E these plates, behold
F they are not the plates upon which I make a
G full account of the history of
H my people; for
I the plates upon which I make a full account of
J my people I have given the name of Nephi; wherefore, they are called the plates of Nephi, after mine own name; and
K these plates also are called the plates of Nephi. 3 Nevertheless,
L I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates,
L for the special purpose that there should be
K an account engraven of the ministry of
J my people. 4 Upon
I the other plates should be engraven an account of the reign of the kings, and the wars and contentions of
H my people; wherefore
G these plates are for
F the more part of the ministry; and
E the other plates are for the more part of the reign of the kings and the wars and contentions of my people. 5 Wherefore,
D the Lord hath commanded me to make
C these plates for a wise purpose in him,
B which purpose I know not. 6 But the Lord knoweth
A all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish
B all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath
B all power unto the fulfilling of
A all his words. And thus it is. Amen.