|28:1 Now it came to pass that after the sons of
Mosiah had done all these things, they took a small
number with them and returned to their father, the king,
and desired of him that he would grant unto them that
they might, with these whom they had selected, go up to
the land of Nephi that they might preach the things which
they had heard, and that they might impart the word of
God to their brethren, the Lamanites--
|28:2 That perhaps they might bring them to the
knowledge of the Lord their God, and convince them of the
iniquity of their fathers; and that perhaps they might
cure them of their hatred towards the Nephites, that they
might also be brought to rejoice in the Lord their God,
that they might become friendly to one another, and that
there should be no more contentions in all the land which
the Lord their God had given them.
|28:3 Now they were desirous that salvation should be
declared to every creature, for they could not bear that
any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts
that any soul should endure endless torment did cause
them to quake and tremble.
|28:4 And thus did the Spirit of the Lord work upon
them, for they were the very vilest of sinners. And the
Lord saw fit in his infinite mercy to spare them;
nevertheless they suffered much anguish of soul because
of their iniquities, suffering much and fearing that they
should be cast off forever.
|28:5 And it came to pass that they did plead with
their father many days that they might go up to the land
|28:6 And king Mosiah went and inquired of the Lord
if he should let his sons go up among the Lamanites to
preach the word.
|28:7 And the Lord said unto Mosiah: Let them go up,
for many shall believe on their words, and they shall
have eternal life; and I will deliver thy sons out of the
hands of the Lamanites.
|28:8 And it came to pass that Mosiah granted that
they might go and do according to their request.
|28:9 And they took their journey into the wilderness
to go up to preach the word among the Lamanites; and I
shall give an account of their proceedings hereafter.
|28:10 Now king Mosiah had no one to confer the
kingdom upon, for there was not any of his sons who would
accept of the kingdom.
|28:11 Therefore he took the records which were
engraven on the plates of brass, and also the plates of
Nephi, and all the things which he had kept and preserved
according to the commandments of God, after having
translated and caused to be written the records which
were on the plates of gold which had been found by the
people of Limhi, which were delivered to him by the hand
|28:12 And this he did because of the great anxiety of
his people; for they were desirous beyond measure to know
concerning those people who had been destroyed.
|28:13 And now he translated them by the means of
those two stones which were fastened into the two rims of
|28:14 Now these things were prepared from the
beginning, and were handed down from generation to
generation, for the purpose of interpreting languages;
|28:15 And they have been kept and preserved by the
hand of the Lord, that he should discover to every
creature who should possess the land the iniquities and
abominations of his people;
|28:16 And whosoever has these things is called seer,
after the manner of old times.
|28:17 Now after Mosiah had finished translating these
records, behold, it gave an account of the people who
were destroyed, from the time that they were destroyed
back to the building of the great tower, at the time the
Lord confounded the language of the people and they were
scattered abroad upon the face of all the earth, yea, and
even from that time back until the creation of Adam.
|28:18 Now this account did cause the people of Mosiah
to mourn exceedingly, yea, they were filled with sorrow;
nevertheless it gave them much knowledge, in the which
they did rejoice.
|28:19 And this account shall be written hereafter;
for behold, it is expedient that all people should know
the things which are written in this account.
|28:20 And now, as I said unto you, that after king
Mosiah had done these things, he took the plates of
brass, and all the things which he had kept, and
conferred them upon Alma, who was the son of Alma; yea,
all the records, and also the interpreters, and conferred
them upon him, and commanded him that he should keep and
preserve them, and also keep a record of the people,
handing them down from one generation to another, even as
they had been handed down from the time that Lehi left