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TitleThe Record of My Father
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsJones, Clifford P.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsAbridgment; Lehi (Prophet); Nephi (Son of Lehi)

In 1 Nephi 1:16–17, Nephi tells us he is abridging “the record of my father.” The specific words Nephi uses in his writings form several basic but important patterns and features used repeatedly by Nephi and also by other Book of Mormon writers. These patterns and features provide context that appears to indicate that Nephi’s abridgment of Lehi’s record is the third-person account found in 1 Nephi 1:4 through 2:15 and that Nephi’s first-person account of his own ministry begins in 1 Nephi 2:16.


Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 1:16-17