Which Plates Did the Book of Mormon Come from?

    “Which Plates Did the Book of Mormon Come from?” Liahona, January 2020

    Come, Follow Me: Book of Mormon

    Which Plates Did the Book of Mormon Come from?

    December 30–January 5 Introductory pages

    Which Plates Did the Book of Mormon Come from

    The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets who recorded their words on different sets of metal plates. These records were later abridged to create the plates of Mormon, or the gold plates that Joseph Smith translated.


    Compared to all that could have been recorded on the gold plates, Mormon and others were inspired to choose only a small portion for the Book of Mormon (see Words of Mormon 1:5 and 3 Nephi 26:6). How can knowing this influence your perspective of the chapters we have today?

    Some of the sources for the plates of Mormon

    The Small Plates of Nephi (600 BC–130 BC*): 1 Nephi, 2 Nephi, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni

    The Large Plates of Nephi (600 B.C.–A.D. 385): Lehi, Mosiah, Alma, Helaman, 3 Nephi, 4 Nephi, Mormon 1–7

    The Plates of Ether (around 2,300 BC–sometime before 130 BC)

    The Plates of Brass (4,000 BC–600 BC): Many quotations from these plates appear in the Book of Mormon.

    The plates of Mormon given to the Prophet Joseph Smith

    The Book of Lehi (part of Mormon’s abridgement; the 116 pages lost by Martin Harris)

    1 Nephi through Omni (unabridged; included from the small plates of Nephi)

    The Words of Mormon Mormon’s explanation for including the small plates of Nephi

    Mosiah through Mormon 7 (abridgment of the large plates of Nephi by Mormon)

    Mormon 8–9 Moroni’s completion of his father’s book

    Ether (the plates of Ether abridged by Moroni)

    Moroni The writings of Moroni, including the title page

    The sealed portion