Mormon Abridges the Nephite Records

Mormon’s Comments Regarding the Nephite Records

Helaman 3:13

While abridging the record of Helaman, Mormon notes that there are indeed many various records of the Nephites.

And now there are many records kept of the proceedings of this people, by many of this people, which are particular and very large, concerning them.

Helaman 3:14

Mormon explains that he can’t even write a hundreth part of the Nephite saga.

But behold, a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people, yea, the account of the Lamanites and of the Nephites, and their wars, and contentions, and dissensions, and their preaching, and their prophecies, and their shipping and their building of ships, and their building of temples, and of synagogues and their sanctuaries, and their righteousness, and their wickedness, and their murders, and their robbings, and their plundering, and all manner of abominations and whoredoms, cannot be contained in this work.

Helaman 3:15

Mormon has access to myriad records, most of them written by Nephites.

But behold, there are many books and many records of every kind, and they have been kept chiefly by the Nephites.

Helaman 3:16

The Nephites passed their records down from generation to the next, until they fell into sin and corruption.

And they have been handed down from one generation to another by the Nephites, even until they have fallen into transgression and have been murdered, plundered, and hunted, and driven forth, and slain, and scattered upon the face of the earth, and mixed with the Lamanites until they are no more called the Nephites, becoming wicked, and wild, and ferocious, yea, even becoming Lamanites.

Helaman 3:17

Mormon goes back to abridging Helaman’s record.

And now I return again to mine account; therefore, what I have spoken had passed after there had been great contentions, and disturbances, and wars, and dissensions, among the people of Nephi.