For Christ’s sake
We must write on
What we do wrong
For His sake
We teach anew
Covenants to do
For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years had passed away from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; wherefore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a a
concerning the b
plates, upon which these things are engraven.
And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should a
a few of the things which I considered to be most precious; that I should not touch, save it were lightly, concerning the history of this people which are called the people of Nephi.
For he said that the history of his people should be engraven upon his a
, and that I should b
these plates and hand them down unto my seed, from generation to generation.
And if there were preaching which was a
, or revelation which was great, or prophesying, that I should engraven theb
of them upon these plates, and touch upon them as much as it were possible, for Christ’s sake, and for the sake of our people.
For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made manifest unto us concerning our people, what things shoulda
And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of much prophecy; wherefore, we knew of a
and his kingdom, which should come.
Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to a
unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God, that they might enter into his b
, lest by any means he should swear in his wrath they should not c
in, as in the d
in the days of temptation while the children of Israel were in the e
Wherefore, we would to God that we could persuade all mena
against God, to b
him to anger, but that all men would believe in Christ, and view his death, and suffer hisc
and bear the shame of the world; wherefore, I, Jacob, take it upon me to fulfil the commandment of my brother Nephi.
Now Nephi began to be old, and he saw that he must soon a
; wherefore, he b
a man to be a king and a ruler over his people now, according to the reigns of the c
The people having loved Nephi exceedingly, he having been a great protector for them, having wielded the a
of Laban in their defence, and having labored in all his days for their welfare—
Wherefore, the people were desirous to retain in remembrance his name. And whoso should reign in his stead were called by the people, second Nephi, third Nephi, and so forth, according to the reigns of the kings; and thus they were called by the people, let them be of whatever name they would.
And it came to pass that Nephi died.