THE FIRST BOOK OF NEPHI
HIS REIGN AND MINISTRY
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.
now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in athis
part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these bplates
which I am cwriting
; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my dfather
; wherefore, I do not write it in this work.
For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants of aJoseph
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 athese
plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God.
For the fulness of mine intent is that I may apersuade
men to bcome
unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved.
Wherefore, the things which are apleasing
unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world.
Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men.