97 Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.
98 And it hath become expedient that I, according to the will of God, that the prayers of those who have gone hence, who were the holy ones, should be fulfilled according to their faith, should make a record of these things, which have been done;
99 Yea, a small record of that which hath taken place from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem, even down until the present time;
100 Therefore I do make my record from the accounts which have been given by those who were before me, until the commencement of my day; and then do I make a record of the things which I have seen with mine own eyes.
101 And I know the record which I make to be a just and a true record; nevertheless there are many things which, according to our language, we are not able to write.
102 And now I make an end of my saying which is of myself, and proceed to give my account of the things which have been before me. I am Mormon, and a pure descendant of Lehi.
103 I have reason to bless my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, that he brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem, (and no one knew it save it were himself and those whom he brought out of that land,) and that he hath given me and my people so much knowledge unto the salvation of our souls.
104 Surely he hath blessed the house of Jacob, and hath been merciful unto the seed of Joseph.
105 And insomuch as the children of Lehi have kept his commandments, he hath blessed them and prospered them according to his word;
106 Yea, and surely shall he again bring a remnant of the seed of Joseph to the knowledge of the Lord their God;
107 And as surely as the Lord liveth will he gather in from the four quarters of the earth, all the remnant of the seed of Jacob, who are scattered abroad upon all the face of the earth;