“I Do Not Know All Things but the Lord Knoweth All Things Which Are to Come;”

D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner

With historical hindsight, we know that Mormon included writings from both sets of Nephi’s plates because some of the record would be lost by Martin Harris fifteen hundred years later (see commentary at 1 Nephi 9 and 1 Nephi 19:1–6). The “wise purpose” of the Lord was partly to cover the loss of the 116 manuscript pages of the record of Lehi, but even more, His wise purpose was to provide us with a record that throws “greater views upon my gospel” (D&C 10:45), including powerful testimonies of Jesus Christ from Nephi, Jacob, and Isaiah.

Verse by Verse: The Book of Mormon: Vol. 1