9:1 My father saw, heard and spoke these things as we lived in a tent, in the valley of Lemuel. There is more, a great deal more that cannot be written on these plates.
9:2 As I stated before, these plates do not provide a complete history of my people. I have kept a fuller account on the large plates of Nephi. My people are called the people of Nephi.
9:3 God has commanded me to make these plates for the special purpose of giving an account of the ministry of my people.
9:4 On the other plates I have included a history of the reign of the kings, the wars and battles fought by my people. But these plates are more for the ministry.
9:5 I’m not sure of God’s purpose in commanding me to make these plates.
9:6 But I am sure that God knows all things from the beginning and prepares a way to accomplish his work. So it is. Amen.