The Book of Mormon
The Book Of Omni
1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Omni, being commanded by my father, Jarom, that I
should write somewhat upon these plates, to preserve our genealogy--
2 Wherefore, in my days, I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword
to preserve my people, the Nephites, from falling into the hands of their enemies, the
Lamanites. But behold, I of myself am a wicked man, and I have not kept the statutes and
the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have done.
3 And it came to pass that two hundred and seventy and six years had passed away, and
we had many seasons of peace; and we had many seasons of serious war and bloodshed.
Yea, and in fine, two hundred and eighty and two years had passed away, and I had kept
these plates according to the commandments of my fathers; and I conferred them upon
my son Amaron. And I make an end.
4 And now I, Amaron, write the things whatsoever I write, which are few, in the book of
5 Behold, it came to pass that three hundred and twenty years had passed away, and the
more wicked part of the Nephites were destroyed.
6 For the Lord would not suffer, after he had led them out of the land of Jerusalem and
kept and preserved them from falling into the hands of their enemies, yea, he would not
suffer that the words should not be verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that:
Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not prosper in the land.
7 Wherefore, the Lord did visit them in great judgment; nevertheless, he did spare the
righteous that they should not perish, but did deliver them out of the hands of their
8 And it came to pass that I did deliver the plates unto my brother Chemish.
9 Now I, Chemish, write what few things I write, in the same book with my brother; for
behold, I saw the last which he wrote, that he wrote it with his own hand; and he wrote it