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The Book of Mormon: What is It?

Updated on August 9, 2010

Mormons have are infamous for their second or "golden" bible.  Translated by Joseph Smith, what exactly does this book talk about?  Subtitled "Another Testament of Christ" explains the purpose of the book.  However the book is filled with stories that show moral and spiritual commitment.  The following are short summaries of each portions of the Book of Mormon, to help get a fuller picture of what is in it.

The First Book of Nephi

The first book in the Book of Mormon, prophet, Lehi, and his family leave are commanded by God to leave the city of Jerusalem.  He is told the city is going to be destroyed.  The family builds a boat and head for a promised land in the Americas.  Nephi is persecuted by his brothers, Laman and Lemuel, but stays committed to his father and to God.

The Second Book of Nephi

In this book, Nephi speaks of his life soon after his father Lehi dies.  He is the prophet and discusses both the historical and spiritual happenings of his people.

The Book of Jacob

Jacob continues recording in The Book of Mormon, taking over the job as prophet from his brother Nephi.  One of the big contributions is the parable of the olive tree.

The Books of Enos, Jarom, and Omni

These books include the succession of prophets and the passing down of the genealogy.  Enos is particularly noted for his time spent in prayer asking for forgiveness of his sins.

Words of Mormon

A note from the editor of the books, Mormon, explaining how the books are arranged.

The Book of Mosiah

This book focuses of the capture and deliverance of the Nephites (descendants of Nephi) from the Lamanites (descendants of Laman and Lemuel).  An important figure is Alma the Elder who baptizes hundreds after hearing the message of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Alma

This book contains many of the wars between the Nephites and Lamanites.  There is a particular focus on Alma, son of Alma the Elder, and the sons of the prophet, Mosiah.  They worked hard to destroy the church of their fathers in their youths but become repentant after meeting an angel.  The four of them go on to be missionaries.

The Book of Helaman

The Book of Helaman contains more battles between the Nephites and Lamanites.

The Third Book of Nephi

In this book, destruction happens around the Americas and the people receive signs that the baby, Jesus, has been born.  After his resurrection, Jesus visits the Americas.  He teaches and blesses the people.

The Fourth Book of Nephi

This portion mostly speaks of the two hundred years of peace proceeding the appearance of Christ amongst the Nephites and Lamanites.

The Book of Mormon

Mormon narrates this book.  He watches and records the destruction of his people, both physically and spiritually.

The Book of Ether

This book takes place before Lehi and his family come to the Americas.  This civilization came to the Americas during the time the Tower of Babel was being built.  Jared and the brother of Jared listened to God and left the continent but their people were also eventually destroyed.

The Book of Moroni

The last book is the final words of Moroni, son of Mormon.  He gives a few words of advice that his father gave him.

This was only a quick summary of the Book of Mormon, but it establishes the main story lines. You can read the book for yourself online for free or order it in print.


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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      A very good hub. straight to the point. I hope it encourages some one to read the book.