1 And now, my son Helaman, I command you that ye take the records which have been
entrusted with me;
2 And I also command you that ye keep a record of this people, according as I have
done, upon the plates of Nephi, and keep all these things sacred which I have kept,
even as I have kept them; for it is for a wise purpose that they are kept.
3 And these plates of brass, which contain these engravings, which have the records
of the holy scriptures upon them, which have the genealogy of our forefathers, even
from the beginning --
4 Behold, it has been prophesied by our fathers, that they should be kept and handed
down from one generation to another, and be kept and preserved by the hand of the
Lord until they should go forth unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, that
they shall know of the mysteries contained thereon.
5 And now behold, if they are kept they must retain their brightness; yea, and they
will retain their brightness; yea, and also shall all the plates which do contain
that which is holy writ.
Crockett carefully examines the Qur’an verse by verse, and asserts that in the Qur’an
are many hints or Signs of the coming Restoration by the Prophet Joseph Smith, including
the Book of Mormon. A reader may not agree with every detail of the author’s interpretation,
but he makes a compelling case,
Quoted from the book:
XXXV:24 Verily We have sent thee with truth, as a bearer of glad tidings, and as
a warner; and there never was a people, without a warner having lived among them
in the past.
XXXV: 25 And if they reject thee, so did their predecessors, to whom came their
messengers with Clear Signs, Scriptures and the illuminating Book.
While verse 25 might refer to any of the many people who had prophets, Clear Signs,
and Scriptures, it is interesting that this verse says “Scriptures and the illuminating
Book.” Generally speaking, the Books given to prophets are written as scriptures.
In this case there was a group in times past who wrote scriptures and had an illuminating
Book. This could very well be a reference to the Nephites and the Book of Mormon
written by them.
We can see . . . that, not only did Nephi return to Jerusalem prior to its destruction
to obtain the plates of brass which contained the holy scripture, but, also, as a
prophet, he wrote the things that God commanded him to write which was scripture.
Nephi commanded of the Lord transcribed the important portions of the plates of
brass into his own book. This book, called the “Plates of Nephi,” was written on
gold plates and was maintained by all of the prophets after Nephi. It is the same
book which was hidden in the earth. It was later brought forth and given to Joseph
Smith by the angel Moroni, who descended from heaven. Because the prophets of the
Book of Mormon wrote upon gold plates, it was a book that would not be dimmed and
a book that would retain its brightness. An illuminating book.
6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that
by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many
instances doth confound the wise.
7 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes;
and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation
of many souls.
8 And now, it has hitherto been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved;
for behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, yea, and convinced many
of the error of their ways, and brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the
salvation of their souls.
9 Yea, I say unto you, were it not for these things that these records do contain,
which are on these plates, Ammon and his brethren could not have convinced so many
thousands of the Lamanites of the incorrect tradition of their fathers; yea, these
records and their words brought them unto repentance; that is, they brought them
to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and to rejoice in Jesus Christ their Redeemer.
10 And who knoweth but what they will be the means of bringing many thousands of
them, yea, and also many thousands of our stiffnecked brethren, the Nephites, who
are now hardening their hearts in sin and iniquities, to the knowledge of their Redeemer?
11 Now these mysteries are not yet fully made known unto me; therefore I shall forbear.
12 And it may suffice if I only say they are preserved for a wise purpose, which
purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and
his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.
13 O remember, remember, my son Helaman, how strict are the commandments of God.
And he said: If ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land -- but
if ye keep not his commandments ye shall be cut off from his presence.
14 And now remember, my son, that God has entrusted you with these things, which
are sacred, which he has kept sacred, and also which he will keep and preserve for
a wise purpose in him, that he may show forth his power unto future generations.
15 And now behold, I tell you by the spirit of prophecy, that if ye transgress the
commandments of God, behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from
you by the power of God, and ye shall be delivered up unto Satan, that he may sift
you as chaff before the wind.
16 But if ye keep the commandments of God, and do with these things which are sacred
according to that which the Lord doth command you, (for you must appeal unto the
Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them) behold, no power of earth or
hell can take them from you, for God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words.
17 For he will fulfil all his promises which he shall make unto you, for he has fulfilled
his promises which he has made unto our fathers.
18 For he promised unto them that he would preserve these things for a wise purpose
in him, that he might show forth his power unto future generations.
19 And now behold, one purpose hath he fulfilled, even to the restoration of many
thousands of the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth; and he hath shown forth
his power in them, and he will also still show forth his power in them unto future
generations; therefore they shall be preserved.
20 Therefore I command you, my son Helaman, that ye be diligent in fulfilling all
my words, and that ye be diligent in keeping the commandments of God as they are
21 And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates, that ye keep
them, that the mysteries and the works of darkness, and their secret works, or the
secret works of those people who have been destroyed, may be made manifest unto this
people; yea, all their murders, and robbings, and their plunderings, and all their
wickedness and abominations, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, and that
ye preserve these interpreters.
22 For behold, the Lord saw that his people began to work in darkness, yea, work
secret murders and abominations; therefore the Lord said, if they did not repent
they should be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
23 And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall
shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve
me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret
works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations.
24 And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be
fulfilled, which he spake, saying:
25 I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their
abominations; and except they repent I will destroy them from off the face of the
earth; and I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations, unto every nation
that shall hereafter possess the land.
26 And now, my son, we see that they did not repent; therefore they have been destroyed,
and thus far the word of God has been fulfilled; yea, their secret abominations have
been brought out of darkness and made known unto us.
27 And now, my son, I command you that ye retain all their oaths, and their covenants,
and their agreements in their secret abominations; yea, and all their signs and their
wonders ye shall keep from this people, that they know them not, lest peradventure
they should fall into darkness also and be destroyed.
28 For behold, there is a curse upon all this land, that destruction shall come upon
all those workers of darkness, according to the power of God, when they are fully
ripe; therefore I desire that this people might not be destroyed.
29 Therefore ye shall keep these secret plans of their oaths and their covenants
from this people, and only their wickedness and their murders and their abominations
shall ye make known unto them; and ye shall teach them to abhor such wickedness and
abominations and murders; and ye shall also teach them that these people were destroyed
on account of their wickedness and abominations and their murders.
30 For behold, they murdered all the prophets of the Lord who came among them to
declare unto them concerning their iniquities; and the blood of those whom they murdered
did cry unto the Lord their God for vengeance upon those who were their murderers;
and thus the judgments of God did come upon these workers of darkness and secret
31 Yea, and cursed be the land forever and ever unto those workers of darkness and
secret combinations, even unto destruction, except they repent before they are fully
32 And now, my son, remember the words which I have spoken unto you; trust not those
secret plans unto this people, but teach them an everlasting hatred against sin and
33 Preach unto them repentance, and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ; teach them to
humble themselves and to be meek and lowly in heart; teach them to withstand every
temptation of the devil, with their faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
34 Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in heart;
for such shall find rest to their souls.
35 O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to
keep the commandments of God.
36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the
Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts
be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the
37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea,
when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you
in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks
unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
“My goal has been to make it possible for readers to encounter the Book of Mormon
text in something close to its original form.” – Royal Skousen
Through his editing process in finding the earliest text of the Book of Mormon, Skousen
discovered that the Book of Mormon is written in Early Modern English. This is no
surprise to people who recognize it as the same language as the King James Bible.
What is a surprise is that phraseology of the time period (1500-1700) not found
in the King James Bible and no longer common in 19th Century America are well-represented
in the Book of Mormon.
This verse originally read “counsel the Lord in all thy doings.” Because “counsel”
now means to “give advice,” this is not considered spiritually helpful, so the 1920
edition of the Book of Mormon added the word “with.” However, the Oxford English
Dictionary gave the definition “to consult with,” with references from 1382 to 1847,
as John Hooper (1547) “Moses. . . counseled the Lord and thereupon advised his subjects
what was to be done.”
“The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text is the most accurate edition ever published.
Every Word, indeed every letter, has been carefully scrutinized and evaluated.”
– Grant Hardy
38 And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers
call a ball, or director -- or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted,
a compass; and the Lord prepared it.
39 And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship.
And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should
travel in the wilderness.
40 And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had
faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they
should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other
miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.
41 Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto
them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and
diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their
42 Therefore, they tarried in the wilderness, or did not travel a direct course,
and were afflicted with hunger and thirst, because of their transgressions.
43 And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without
a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these
things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual.
Chapter 6 – Psalms, Allegories, Signs and Wonders, Types and Shadows.
“We need to appreciate these literary forms for what they contribute to the Book
of Mormon text, for their beauty and charm, and for their magnificence and significance.
. . . The real significance of the Book of Mormon is that it communicates spiritual
truth to its readers, whether these readers understand anything about literary forms,
Hebrew poetry, or other aspects we will discuss here. Personally, I love the Book
of Mormon, and learned great spiritual truths from it long before I learned anything
about literary forms. The Book of Mormon speaks to all of us, whether we are young
or old, rich or poor, learned in the ways of the world or not. The book attracts
and instructs new converts as well as people who have been members for many years.
I believe that all of us have yet much to learn about the truths taught by the Book
of Mormon. It is my hope that those who learn about the literary forms used by the
authors of the Book of Mormon will be able to read it with new insights – or, to
use a metaphor, to read it with new eyes.”
44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point
to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed
to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.
45 And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director
did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words
of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a
far better land of promise.
46 O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so
was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look
they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look
we may live forever.
47 And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye
look to God and live. Go unto this people and declare the word, and be sober. My