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Words of Mormon 1:1
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1    And now I, Mormon, being about to deliver up
    the record which I have been making
    into the hands of my son Moroni,
Behold, I have witnessed almost all the destruction
    of my people, the Nephites,
2    And it is many hundred years after the coming of Christ
    that I deliver these records into the hands of my son;
And it supposeth me that he will bwitness
    the entire estruction of my people;
3    But may God grant that he may survive them,
    that he may write somewhat concerning them
    and somewhat concerning Christ, that perhaps
    someday it may profit them.
4    And now I speak somewhat concerning
    that which I have written,
For after that I had made an abridgment from
    the plates of Nephi down to the reign of this
    King Benjamin of which Amaleki spake,
5    I searched among the records which
    had been delivered into my hands,
And I found these plates which contained this
    small account of the prophets from Jacob
    down to the reign of this King Benjamin,
    and also many of the words of Nephi.
6    And the things which are upon these plates pleasing me
    because of the prophecies of the coming of Christ,
And my fathers knowing that many
    of them have been fulfilled,
7    Yea, and I also know that as many things
    as have been prophesied concerning us
    down to this day have been fulfilled,
And as many as go beyond this day
    must surely come to pass-
8    Wherefore, I chose these things to finish my record
    upon them, which remainder of my record
    I shall take from the plates of Nephi;
And I cannot write a hundredth part
    of the things of my people.
9    But behold, I shall take these plates which contain
    these prophesyings and revelations and put them
    with the remainder of my record,
For they are choice unto me and I know
    they will be choice unto my brethren;

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