|1:1 Behold, 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--
|1:2 Wherefore, 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.
|1:3 And it came to pass that two hundred and
seventy and six years had passed away, and we had many
seasons of peace; and we had many seasons of serious war
and bloodshed. Yea, and in fine, two hundred and eighty
and two years had passed away, and I had kept these
plates according to the commandments of my fathers; and I
conferred them upon my son Amaron. And I make an end.
|1:4 And now I, Amaron, write the things whatsoever
I write, which are few, in the book of my father.
|1:5 Behold, it came to pass that three hundred and
twenty years had passed away, and the more wicked part of
the Nephites were destroyed.
|1:6 For the Lord would not suffer, after he had led
them out of the land of Jerusalem and kept and preserved
them from falling into the hands of their enemies, yea,
he would not suffer that the words should not be
verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that:
Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not
prosper in the land.
|1:7 Wherefore, the Lord did visit them in great
judgment; nevertheless, he did spare the righteous that
they should not perish, but did deliver them out of the
hands of their enemies.
|1:8 And it came to pass that I did deliver the
plates unto my brother Chemish.
|1:9 Now I, Chemish, write what few things I write,
in the same book with my brother; for behold, I saw the
last which he wrote, that he wrote it with his own hand;
and he wrote it in the day that he delivered them unto
me. And after this manner we keep the records, for it is
according to the commandments of our fathers. And I make
|1:10 Behold, I, Abinadom, am the son of Chemish.
Behold, it came to pass that I saw much war and
contention between my people, the Nephites, and the
Lamanites; and I, with my own sword, have taken the lives of many of the Lamanites
in the defence of my brethren.
|1:11 And behold, the record of this people is
engraven upon plates which is had by the kings, according
to the generations; and I know of no revelation save that
which has been written, neither prophecy; wherefore, that
which is sufficient is written. And I make an end.
|1:12 Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of Abinadom.
Behold, I will speak unto you somewhat concerning Mosiah,
who was made king over the land of Zarahemla; for behold,
he being warned of the Lord that he should flee out of
the land of Nephi, and as many as would hearken unto the
voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with
him, into the wilderness--
|1:13 And it came to pass that he did according as
the Lord had commanded him. And they departed out of the
land into the wilderness, as many as would hearken unto
the voice of the Lord; and they were led by many
preachings and prophesyings. And they were admonished
continually by the word of God; and they were led by the
power of his arm, through the wilderness until they came
down into the land which is called the land of Zarahemla.
|1:14 And they discovered a people, who were called
the people of Zarahemla. Now, there was great rejoicing
among the people of Zarahemla; and also Zarahemla did
rejoice exceedingly, because the Lord had sent the people
of Mosiah with the plates of brass which contained the
record of the Jews.
|1:15 Behold, it came to pass that Mosiah discovered
that the people of Zarahemla came out from Jerusalem at
the time that Zedekiah, king of Judah, was carried away
captive into Babylon.
|1:16 And they journeyed in the wilderness, and were
brought by the hand of the Lord across the great waters,
into the land where Mosiah discovered them; and they had
dwelt there from that time forth.
|1:17 And at the time that Mosiah discovered them,
they had become exceedingly numerous. Nevertheless, they
had had many wars and serious contentions, and had fallen
by the sword from time to time; and their language had
become corrupted; and they had brought no records with
them; and they denied the being of their Creator; and
Mosiah, nor the people of Mosiah, could understand them.
|1:18 But it came to pass that Mosiah caused that
they should be taught in his language. And it came to
pass that after they were taught in the language of
Mosiah, Zarahemla gave a genealogy of his fathers,
according to his memory; and they are written, but not in
|1:19 And it came to pass that the people of
Zarahemla, and of Mosiah, did unite together; and Mosiah
was appointed to be their king.
|1:20 And it came to pass in the days of Mosiah,
there was a large stone brought unto him with engravings
on it; and he did interpret the engravings by the gift
and power of God.
|1:21 And they gave an account of one Coriantumr, and
the slain of his people. And Coriantumr was discovered by
the people of Zarahemla; and he dwelt with them for the
space of nine moons.
|1:22 It also spake a few words concerning his
fathers. And his first parents came out from the tower,
at the time the Lord confounded the language of the
people; and the severity of the Lord fell upon them
according to his judgments, which are just; and their
bones lay scattered in the land northward.
|1:23 Behold, I, Amaleki, was born in the days of
Mosiah; and I have lived to see his death; and Benjamin,
his son, reigneth in his stead.
|1:24 And behold, I have seen, in the days of king
Benjamin, a serious war and much bloodshed between the
Nephites and the Lamanites. But behold, the Nephites did
obtain much advantage over them; yea, insomuch that king
Benjamin did drive them out of the land of Zarahemla.
|1:25 And it came to pass that I began to be old;
and, having no seed, and knowing king Benjamin to be a
just man before the Lord, wherefore, I shall deliver up
these plates unto him, exhorting all men to come unto
God, the Holy One of Israel, and believe in prophesying,
and in revelations, and in the ministering of angels, and
in the gift of speaking with tongues, and in the gift of
interpreting languages, and in all things which are good;
for there is nothing which is good save it comes from the
Lord; and that which is evil cometh from the devil.
|1:26 And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye
should come unto Christ, who is the
Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the
power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer
your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in
fasting and praying, and 1endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye
will be saved.
|| Matthew 24:13: But
he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be
|1:27 And now I would speak somewhat concerning a
certain number who went up into the wilderness to return
to the land of Nephi; for there was a large number who
were desirous to possess the land of their inheritance.
|1:28 Wherefore, they went up into the wilderness.
And their leader being a strong and mighty man, and a
stiffnecked man, wherefore he caused a contention among
them; and they were all slain, save fifty, in the
wilderness, and they returned again to the land of
|1:29 And it came to pass that they also took others
to a considerable number, and took their journey again
into the wilderness.
|1:30 And I, Amaleki, had a brother, who also went
with them; and I have not since known concerning them.
And I am about to lie down in my grave; and these plates
are full. And I make an end of my speaking.