Title Page of Book of Mormon, circa Early June 1829

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Wherefore it is an abridgment of the record of the , and also of the , written to the Lamanites, which are a remnant of the ; and also to Jew and , written by way of commandment; and also by the spirit of prophesy and of revelation, written and sealed and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed, to come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof— sealed up by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile, the interpretation thereof by the gift of God: an abridgment taken from the book of Ether.
Also, which is a record of the , which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven; which is to shew unto the remnant of the house of Israel how great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off for ever: And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations. And now, if there be fault, it be the mistake of men: wherefore condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the Judgment seat of Christ.
By Joseph Smith, Junior,
“Book of Mormon”
Joseph Smith Jr.
Filed 11 June 1829— [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    According to the narrative in the Book of Mormon, the prophet Mormon abridged the “large plates,” including the Book of Lehi (the translation of which Martin Harris lost in July 1828) and the books of Mosiah, Alma, Helaman, Nephi (the third and fourth books under the name of Nephi), and Mormon. He also wrote the “Words of Mormon,” and his son, Moroni, later copied two of his epistles into the final pages of the Book of Mormon. Mormon also included the “small plates,” unabridged, in his compilation of records. (See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 151–152, 581–585 [Words of Mormon 1:3–6; Moroni 8–9].)  

  2. 2

    The text explains that the majority of the Book of Mormon was drawn from two sources: the large plates of Nephi (as abridged by Mormon) and the small plates of Nephi. (See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 21, 123, 151–152 [1 Nephi 9:3–5; Words of Mormon 1:3–6; Jacob 1:1–4].)  

  3. 3

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 7, 151–152, 527 [1 Nephi 1:17; Words of Mormon 1:3–6; Mormon 5:9].  

    The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra, NY: E. B. Grandin, 1830.

  4. 4

    See, for example, Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 50 [1 Nephi 19:1–3].  

  5. 5

    That is, buried. (See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 532–533 [Mormon 8:14]; JS History, vol. A-1, 7.)  

  6. 6

    On the translation of the Book of Mormon, see “Joseph Smith Documents Dating through June 1831.”  

  7. 7

    The Book of Mormon describes Moroni, the son of Mormon, as the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon and the person who eventually “hid up” the plates. (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 531–532 [Mormon 8:1, 4, 14].)  

  8. 8

    Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 172, 538–539 [Mosiah 8:8–9; Ether 1:1–6].  

  9. 9

    See Genesis 11:1–9.  

  10. 10

    See the similar declaration of the book’s purpose found in Revelation, July 1828 [D&C 3:19–20].  

  11. 11

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 107 [2 Nephi 26:12–13].  

  12. 12

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 533 [Mormon 8:17]; see also 538, 564 [Mormon 9:31; Ether 12:23–26].  

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    Docket on back of sheet in unidentified handwriting.