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Who Wrote the Book of Mormon?

By Mormon.org
Mormon, the compiler of the Book of Mormon

Who Wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a collection of inspired writings by prophets who lived on the American continent anciently. The main writer was the prophet Mormon, who abridged other records to compile the volume named for him. He engraved his record on plates of gold, and, many years later, these plates were revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith by an angel in upstate New York. 

After Joseph Smith received the plates from the angel in 1827, he translated them into English by the gift and power of God, and the Book of Mormon was published in Palmyra, New York, in 1830. Since that time, this sacred volume has been translated into more than 80 languages and over 150 million copies have appeared in print.

Book of Mormon Writers and Contributors

The book begins in Jerusalem, some 600 years before Christ was born. Nephi, the son of Lehi, was the main author of what are called the small plates of Nephi (see 1 Nephi and 2 Nephi). Other writers of this record include Jacob, Nephi’s younger brother, and Enos, the son of Jacob, among others. 

Many ancient prophets, such as Isaiah, are quoted in the Book of Mormon. The writings of Isaiah and other prophets were taken from the plates of brass, which were carried by Lehi and his family out of Jerusalem and across the ocean to the New World. 

Mormon, who first introduces himself in Words of Mormon, abridged a companion record to the small plates called the large plates of Nephi. The large plates contained a political and sacred history of Lehi, Nephi, and their descendants, such as Mosiah, Benjamin, Alma the Elder, and other writers, now contained in the books of Mosiah, Alma, Helaman, 3 Nephi, and 4 Nephi

Mormon narrates his own life in Mormon, including the tragic end of the Nephite people. His son Moroni took up where his father left off (see Mormon chapters 8 and 9), abridging the plates of Ether, which go back to the time of the Tower of Babel. He also wrote the concluding book, Moroni, which ends the volume 421 years after Christ was born.

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