And from the ground he took
A sacred record hidden there,
A precious, holy book.
2. It tells of people long ago,
Led by the Lord’s own hand,
Who left their homes and crossed the sea
To reach a favored land.
3. The Nephites and the Lamanites,
And all who came to dwell,
Had peace when they obeyed the Lord,
The sacred records tell.
4. And now I’ll read the sacred book,
And then I’ll understand
That Heav’nly Father loves us all
In each and ev’ry land.
Words: Anna Johnson, 1892–1979. © 1969 IRI Music: A. Laurence Lyon, 1934–2006. © 1989 IRI This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial church or home use.
Joseph Smith—History 1:59 1 Nephi 18:22–23 4 Nephi 1:15–18; Moroni 10:3
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Detail from Moroni Delivering the Golden Plates, by Gary Kapp, may not be copied; bottom: Lehi and His People Arrive in the Promised Land, by Arnold Friberg; Alma Baptizing in the Waters of Mormon, by Arnold Friberg; Moroni Burying the Plates, by Tom Lovell