He Found These Records – Words of Mormon 1:1-18

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 witness the entire destruction of my people. But may God grant that he may survive them, that he may write somewhat concerning them, and somewhat concerning Christ, that perhaps some day it may profit them. [Mormon’s heart ached constantly for his people. He had witnessed the death of most all of his children and grandchildren. The temple had been destroyed, and even the records were at risk. He trusted in the Lord to help him to finish the record.]

3 And now, I speak somewhat concerning that which I have written; for after I had made an abridgment from the plates of Nephi, down to the reign of this king Benjamin, of whom Amaleki spake, 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. [Imagine a room filled with records, floor to ceiling. Mormon sifted through all this to gather the most important parts to include in the abridgment.]

4 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; 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—[The vast majority of the records were not as spiritual as what was included in the BofM.]

5 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 the hundredth part of the things of my people.

6 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.

7 And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. [It literally is like a whisper in the ear, when the Holy Spirit speaks to us. These impressions which come in the form of thoughts in our mind are often the angels communicating to us. Our minds take these words and translate them into the language we know, so it often sounds like ourselves speaking. We must learn to discern the Holy Spirit when it is given.] And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will.

8 And my prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may once again come to the knowledge of God, yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may once again be a delightsome people.

9 And now I, Mormon, proceed to finish out my record, which I take from the plates of Nephi; and I make it according to the knowledge and the understanding which God has given me.

10 Wherefore, it came to pass that after Amaleki had delivered up these plates into the hands of king Benjamin, he took them and put them with the other plates, which contained records which had been handed down by the kings, from generation to generation until the days of king Benjamin.

11 And they were handed down from king Benjamin, from generation to generation until they have fallen into my hands. And I, Mormon, pray to God that they may be preserved from this time henceforth. And I know that they will be preserved; for there are great things written upon them, out of which my people and their brethren shall be judged at the great and last day, according to the word of God which is written. [All the records continue to be preserved in the Hill Shim, just as Mormon left them about 1600 years ago.]

12 And now, concerning this king Benjamin—he had somewhat of contentions among his own people.

13 And it came to pass also that the armies of the Lamanites came down [forth] out of the land of Nephi, to battle against his people. But behold, king Benjamin gathered together his armies, and he did stand against them; and he did fight with the strength of his own arm, with the sword of Laban. [The King’s Sword resides today in the Hill Shim.]

14 And in the strength of the Lord they did contend against their enemies, until they had slain many thousands of the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did contend against the Lamanites until they had driven them out of all the lands of their inheritance.

15 And it came to pass that after there had been false Christs, and their mouths had been shut, and they punished according to their crimes;

16 And after there had been false prophets, and false preachers and teachers among the people, and all these having been punished according to their crimes; and after there having been much contention and many dissensions away unto the Lamanites, behold, it came to pass that king Benjamin, with the assistance of the holy prophets who were among his people—[It is common in scripture for there to be many prophets among the people. Many witness so that the people can discern. At the same time there were false prophets and false Christs (claiming divinity).]

17 For behold, king Benjamin was a holy man, and he did reign over his people in righteousness; and there were many holy men in the land, and they did speak the word of God with power and with authority; and they did use much sharpness because of the stiffneckedness of the people— [To be holy is to be filled with the Spirit of God and have the light of His glory upon you continually.]

18 Wherefore, with the help of these, king Benjamin, by laboring with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul, and also the prophets, did once more establish peace in the land. [Mormon has a great respect for King Benjamin. I can see that he longed for the day when the Nephites had such circumstances.]

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11 Responses to He Found These Records – Words of Mormon 1:1-18

  1. Donald says:

    To date I am persuaded Hill Shim is somewhere in Mesoamerica…should be a wonderful day when we learn where it is located and finally have access to all those records and information,


  2. Mike Ross says:

    Pretty sure what we are calling “false Christs” here are among us today. Wikipedia shows a list of 34 of them from 1st century AD to today. I actually talked with a man about 4 years ago who claims the title. Extremely fascinating… but unconvincing.

    What is the fate of these persons, are they all sons of perdition?

    There is one right now in Russia who has a growing following and it is interesting to see him on his compound with 3000 followers living there. Over 5000 followers world wide so… this is a definite thing. From him, to the person in Korea that has been going strong for decades to the people’s temple. Thousands and thousands of people convinced one way or another.

    Discernment is so vital. Yet all those people following the men (and women…Let’s not forget the Shakers) who say they are Christ believe they have discerned correctly… and 3000 have sold everything to go live at that compound. It’s fascinating (to me). Also very sobering to think through.

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  3. Rebecca Brent says:

    Thank you for that answer! I think about my own personal journey, how I struggled to get closer to Christ by following the teachings and traditions of my church and it’s leaders. Leaders I believed to be true messengers. I had reached a road block in my progression and wondered if this was as good as it got?

    Once I heard the teachings of true messengers and decided to test their fruit, my journey took off. What had felt like a trickle of revelation and spiritual discernment now became a firehouse in comparison! Your first book was my catalyst into truth and learning how to remove my stumbling blocks. False prophets are absolutely a stumbling block.

    I have been able to test and taste the fruit and I have my own witness of the difference. But I am unable to convince anyone because the only way for them to learn is to test the fruit for themselves, and almost all are too afraid to do so because they have spent their lives clinging to their prophet for safety. I just hope that a seed will get planted and eventually find good ground to grow in.

    I absolutely love this journey now, you are feeding us so much. I can’t thank you enough!

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  4. michlars says:

    We’re there any records written by women? I know you mentioned Nephis wife wrote records. Do you know why these weren’t chosen?

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  5. There are some, yes. I dont know why they are not in the record. Samuel the Lamanite as well as many other prophet’s words were not included either.

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  6. S Silver says:

    Was Moroni the only surviving child Mormon had? I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to watch children and grandchildren killed.

    Did Moroni have any children (Mormon’s grandchildren) that survived at all? [Yes, he was. And Moroni watched as his family, all but two of his children were massacred at their own home.]

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  7. S Silver says:

    Oh my goodness – how did Moroni care for his children as a single parent, wandering with the plates (withersoever he would go)? [All his children were eventually killed. Two older ones survived until the final battle. It was devastating time, but the Lord was close to him, so he knew the joy of the Lord. PR]

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  8. Rebecca Brent says:

    I’m wondering about the the definition of a false prophet? There are those who know that they are not a true prophet but try to convince people anyway, then there are those claiming and believing that they are a prophet when they aren’t. One is trying to deceive, the other is being deceived. But both end up deceiving others who believe their claims.
    Does the term false prophet apply to both? [A false prophet is anyone who declares to be a messenger of the Lord, but is not. A false prophet may actually believe they are true, and yet be deceived. It is the responsibility of each individual to judge for themselves the validity of prophets. If their message is true it will bring others into a relationship with God. If false, it will bring the individual closer to the “prophet” without allowing them to know for themselves by the spirit of Revelation. We often look for the “fruit” of what they preach to determine whether they are a true prophet. This fruit is too often measured according to things that are not of God. For example, the abundance of wealth, good feelings of status and acceptability before God over others, or even whether they can predict future events; but the gifts of the Spirit for them are hollow and do not establish a meaningful relationship with Christ. The follower is left with a need to desperately hang to the prophet as their only means of accessing God. PR]

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  9. Nate says:

    Your answer to Rebecca Brents comment raises some interesting questions.

    So we’re not to judge people. But wouldnt the Gift of Discernment (discerning of spirits) also include discerning the spirits of those in your life, or those in positions of authority? In other words, you can discern a Son of Perdition with this Gift?

    And not only discerning false from true prophets but their hearts as well? [Yes, we can discern all deceptions when we are connected to the Spirit. People often are confused regarding whether it is right to “judge” people. We are to judge everything, including people, what we are not to do is condemn, which is the kind of judgment that only God can do. PR]

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  10. Karla says:

    When a prophet then is asking you to learn to receive personal revelation in order to survive what’s coming, inviting you to read the Book of Mormon, and to have a relationship with Christ, to come to Him, to learn to hear His voice, and to rely on that than we can judge of him to be a true prophet then?
    My question was Moroni killed or was he translated? I don’t know if you are allowed to share the answer…
    Where was he hiding? It seems that he had to live a life a lot like Ether’s. [Ultimately, you need the Holy Spirit of revelation to know who is a true messenger. Moroni was indeed translated. PR]

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  11. Nate says:

    We’re to seek revelation for whether a message is from the Lord or not. But what’s the difference between the Gift of Discernment and Revelation? [The gift of discernment is a specific kind of revelation, but related. Revelation is any kind of communication from the Heavenly Realm through the Spirit. Discernment is to know the difference between whether it is from God or another source. PR]

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