Nephi writes of the things of God—His purpose is to persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham and be saved. Between 600 and 592 B.C.
1 And now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy
of my fathers in this part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father; wherefore, I do not write it in this work.
2 For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants
3 And it mattereth
not to me that I am particular
to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God.
4 For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham
, and the God of Isaac
, and the God of Jacob
, and be saved.
5 Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world
I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God
and unto those who are not of the world.
6 Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy
with things which are not of worth unto the children of men.
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