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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon: A Reader's Edition

Copyright Date: 2003
Pages: 736
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    The Book of Mormon
    Book Description:

    Regarded as sacred scripture by millions, the Book of Mormon -- first published in 1830 -- is one of the most significant documents in American religious history. This new reader-friendly version reformats the complete, unchanged 1920 text in the manner of modern translations of the Bible, with paragraphs, quotations marks, poetic forms, topical headings, multichapter headings, indention of quoted documents, italicized reworkings of biblical prophecies, and minimized verse numbers. It also features a hypothetical map based on internal references, an essay on Book of Mormon poetry, a full glossary of names, genealogical charts, a basic bibliography of Mormon and non-Mormon scholarship, a chronology of the translation, eyewitness accounts of the gold plates, and information regarding the lost 116 pages and significant changes in the text._x000B_The Book of Mormon claims to be the product of three historical interactions: the writings of the original ancient American authors, the editing of the fourth-century prophet Mormon, and the translation of Joseph Smith. The editorial aids and footnotes in this edition integrate all three perspectives and provide readers with a clear guide through this complicated text. New readers will find the story accessible and intelligible; Mormons will gain fresh insights from familiar verses seen in a broader narrative context. This is the first time the Book of Mormon has been published with quotation marks, select variant readings, and the testimonies of women involved in the translation process. It is also the first return to a paragraphed format since versification was added in 1879.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09388-3
    Subjects: Religion

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-2)

    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 nineteenth-century America. Indeed, given the remarkable growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS Church (whose followers are commonly referred to as Mormons), the Book of Mormon may someday join the...


    • The First Book of Nephi: His Reign and Ministry
      (pp. 5-60)

      An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four sons, being called (beginning at the eldest) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity and they seek to destroy his life. He taketh three days’ journey into the wilderness with his family. Nephi taketh his brethren and returneth to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews. The account of their sufferings. They take the daughters of Ishmael to wife. They take their families and depart into the...

    • The Second Book of Nephi
      (pp. 61-138)

      An account of the death of Lehi. Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. The Lord warns Nephi to depart into the wilderness. His journeyings in the wilderness, &c.

      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...

    • The Book of Jacob, the Brother of Nephi
      (pp. 139-159)

      The words of his preaching unto his brethren. He confoundeth a man who seeketh to overthrow the doctrine of Christ. A few words concerning the history of the people of Nephi.

      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 not touch,...

    • The Book of Enos
      (pp. 160-162)

      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.

      ³Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart. ⁴And...

    • The Book of Jarom
      (pp. 163-164)

      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. For what could I write more than my fathers have written? For have not they revealed the plan of salvation? I say unto you, Yea; and this sufficeth me.

      ³Behold, it...

    • The Book of Omni
      (pp. 165-168)

      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, and I have not kept the statutes and the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have done. ³And it came to pass that two hundred and seventy and six years...


    • The Words of Mormon
      (pp. 171-174)

      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 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....


    • The Book of Mosiah
      (pp. 177-248)

      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 fathers, that thereby they might become men of understanding; and that they might know concerning the prophecies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers, which were delivered them...

    • The Book of Alma, the Son of Alma
      (pp. 249-435)

      The account of Alma, who was the son of Alma, the first and chief judge over the people of Nephi, and also the high priest over the church. An account of the reign of the judges, and the wars and contentions among the people. And also an account of a war between the Nephites and the Lamanites, according to the record of Alma, the first and chief judge.

      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...

    • The Book of Helaman
      (pp. 436-482)

      An account of the Nephites. Their wars and contentions, and their dissensions. And also the prophecies of many holy prophets, before the coming of Christ, according to the records of Helaman, who was the son of Helaman, and also according to the records of his sons, even down to the coming of Christ. And also many of the Lamanites are converted. An account of their conversion. An account of the righteousness of the Lamanites, and the wickedness and abominations of the Nephites, according to the record of Helaman and his sons, even down to the coming of Christ, which is...

    • Third Nephi: The Book of Nephi, the Son of Nephi, Who Was the Son of Helaman
      (pp. 483-547)

      And Helaman was the son of Helaman, who was the son of Alma, who was the son of Alma, being a descendant of Nephi who was the son of Lehi, who came out of Jerusalem in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, the king of Judah.b

      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. ²And Nephi, the son of Helaman, had...

    • Fourth Nephi: The Book of Nephi, Who Is the Son of Nephi, One of the Disciples of Jesus Christ
      (pp. 548-553)

      An account of the people of Nephi, according to his record.

      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 people were all converted unto the Lord, upon all the...

    • The Book of Mormon (Chapters 1–7)
      (pp. 554-568)

      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; ³therefore, when ye are about twenty and four years old I would that ye should remember the things...


    • The Book of Mormon (Chapters 8–9)
      (pp. 571-578)

      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 was killed by them, and I even remain alone to write the sad tale of the destruction of my people. But behold, they are gone, and I fulfil the commandment of my father....

    • The Book of Ether
      (pp. 579-614)

      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

      ³And as I suppose that the first part of this record, which speaks concerning the creation of the world, and also of Adam, and an account from that time even to the great tower, and whatsoever things transpired among the children of men until that...

    • The Book of Moroni
      (pp. 615-630)

      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 Christ. ³And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ; wherefore, I wander whithersoever I can for the safety of mine own life.

      ⁴Wherefore, I write a few more things,...


    • APPENDIX 1 Testimonies of Joseph Smith and Other Witnesses
      (pp. 631-642)
    • APPENDIX 2 Chronology of the Translation
      (pp. 643-652)
    • APPENDIX 3 The Lost Manuscript: Two Documents
      (pp. 653-655)
    • APPENDIX 4 Book of Mormon Plates and Records
      (pp. 656-657)
    • APPENDIX 5 Book of Mormon Poetry
      (pp. 658-664)
    • APPENDIX 6 Significant Changes in the Text
      (pp. 665-672)
    • APPENDIX 7 Charts and Maps
      (pp. 673-689)
    • APPENDIX 8 Glossary of Names
      (pp. 690-706)
  9. Suggestions for Further Reading
    (pp. 707-710)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 711-712)