[color-box]For comparison purposes, the original Book of Mormon text is supplied (italicized and indented) after each Modern Book of Mormon verse.[/color-box]
Nephi explains what he will and will not write as part of his record.
1 Now I, Nephi, won’t talk about my ancestry in this part of my record, or anywhere else in my record for that matter. It’s already written in my father’s record, so I won’t write it here.
1 And now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in this part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father; wherefore, I do not write it in this work.
2 It’s enough to say that we are descendants of Joseph.
2 For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants of Joseph.
3 It’s not important for me to give a full account of my father. That can’t be written here because I want to save the room for spiritual things.
3 And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God.
4 My goal is to persuade people to come to Godóthe God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacobóand be saved.
4 For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved.
5 I don’t want to write the things that the world wants to hear, but the things that are for God and spiritually-minded people.
5 Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world.
6 I will tell my children to only write in these plates the things that we find valuable.
6 Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men.