Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi and also of the
Lamanites, written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel, and also to
Jew and Gentile--written by way of commandment and also by the spirit of prophecy and of
revelation. Written, and sealed up, and hid unto the Lord, that they might not be
destroyed; to come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof;
sealed 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 people of
Jared, who 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 show unto the remnant of the
house of Israel what 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 forever; 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 are faults, they are the mistakes of men.
Wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment
seat of Christ.