1. Now it came to pass that after the sons of Moshiyah had done all these things, they took a small number with them and returned to their father the king, and desired of him that he would grant unto them that they might, with those whom they had selected, go up to the land of Nefi, that they might preach the things which they had heard, and that they might make known the word of Elohim to their brothers the Lamanites, that perhaps they might bring them to the knowledge of yhwh their Elohim and convince them of the iniquity of their fathers, and that perhaps they might cure them of their hatred towards the Nefites, that they might also be brought to rejoice in yhwh their Elohim, that they might become friendly to one another, and that there should be no more contentions in all the land which yhwh their Elohim had given them. Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yes, even the very thought that any soul should endure Endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble. And thus did the spirit of yhwh work upon them. For they were the very vilest of sinners, and yhwh saw fit in his infinite mercy to spare them. Nevertheless, they suffered much anguish of soul because of their iniquities; and suffered much fear that they should be cast off for ever.
  2. And it came to pass that they did plead with their father many days that they might go up to the land of Nefi. King Moshiyah went and inquired of yhwh if he should let his sons go up among the Lamanites to preach the word. And yhwh said unto Moshiyah, Let them go up, for many shall believe on their words and they shall have Eternal life. And I will deliver your sons out of the hands of the Lamanites.
  3. And it came to pass that Moshiyah granted that they might go and do according to their request. And they took their journey into the wilderness to go up to preach the word among the Lamanites. And I shall give an account of their proceedings hereafter. Now king Moshiyah had no one to confer the kingdom upon, for there were not any of his sons who would accept the kingdom. Therefore, he took the records which were engraved upon the plates of brass, and also the plates of Nefi, and all the things which he had kept and preserved according to the mitzvot of Elohim, after having translated and caused to be written the records which were on the plates of gold which had been found by the people of Limhi, which were delivered to him by the hand of Limhi; and this he did because of the great anxiety of his people, for they were desirous beyond measure to know concerning those people who had been destroyed. And now he translated them by the means of those two stones which were fastened into the two rims of a bow. Now these things were prepared from the beginning, and were handed down from generation to generation, for the purpose of interpreting languages. And they have been kept and preserved by the hand of yhwh, that he should uncover to every creature who should possess the land the iniquities and abominations of his people. And whosoever has these things is called seer,146 after the manner of old times.
  4. Now after Moshiyah had finished translating these records, behold, it gave an account of the people147 who were destroyed — from the time that they were destroyed, back to the building of the great tower, at the time yhwh confounded the language of the people and they were scattered abroad upon the face of all the earth, yes, and even from that time until the creation of Adam. Now this account did cause the people of Moshiyah to mourn exceedingly; yes, they were filled with sorrow. Nevertheless, it gave them much knowledge, in the which they did rejoice. And this account shall be written hereafter; for behold, it is expedient that all people should know the things which are written in this account.