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III Nephi 1:1
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THE  THIRD  BOOK  OF
NEPHI
The Son of Nephi Which was the Son of Helaman
 

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


 
 
1    Now it came to pass that the 1ninety
    and first year had passed away,
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;
2    And Nephi, the son of Helaman, had departed out of the
    Land of Zarahemla, giving charge unto his son Nephi,
    which was his eldest son, concerning the plates
    of brass and all the records which had been kept,
And all those things which had been kept sacred
    from the departure of Lehi out of Jerusalem;
3    Then he departed out of the land and
    whither he went no man knoweth;
And his son Nephi did keep the record in his stead,
    yea, the record of this people.
4    And it came to pass that in the commencement
    of the ninety and second year,
Behold, the prophecies of the prophets
    began to be fulfilled more fully;
For there began to be greater signs and greater
    miracles wrought among the people.
5    But there were some which began to say that
    the time was past for the bwords to be fulfilled
    which were spoken by Samuel the Lamanite;
6    And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying:
"Behold, the time is past and the words of Samuel
    are not fulfilled;
Therefore, your joy and your faith
    concerning this thing hath been vain."
7    And it came to pass that they did make
    a great uproar throughout the land;
And the people which believed began to be very sorrowful,
    lest by any means those things which had been spoken
    might not come to pass;
8    But behold, they did watch steadfastly for that day
    and that night and that day-which should be
    as one day as if there were no night-that they
    might know that their faith had not been vain.

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