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  "And they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer, the mighty one of Israel." 1 Nephi 7:25
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The Promise to the Remnant of the Seed of the Book of Mormon

"And at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the House of Israel and that they are the covenant people of the Lord; And then shall they come to the knowledge of their forefathers and also a knowledge of their redeemer."
By Nephi - Prophet of Ancient America.
I Nephi 4:17-18
The  origins of the Native American  people are obscure. For many  generations they have tried to preserve the legends and  traditions  of the Native American  people. Some have forgotten  them all together.Other men have probed the earth for clues, trying  to  unravel  the  great  mystery  of  the Native American's  beginnings. Many of the clues are now lost to the eyes of man and  we  see only through a darkened glass.

From the beginning it was not the will of the Great Spirit that this darkness should last but that the time would  come when  a record  of  these things would come forth. And because of His love and through the prayers of His ancient prophets the day was to come that the  glass is  no longer  to be darkened and to those  who  would open  their eyes and hearts to the understanding of  the Spirit shall come a greater light.

Above is  a  quote from one  of  these  prophets  who  spoke  and  wrote as  the Great Spirit commanded.    There  are   many  more prophecies  and  promises  concerning  the  Native American People  and this land which is a land of their inheritance,  a land of  promise, a land set  aside  by the Great  Spirit  for those who would  live in  Righteousness and follow Him, the Chief of all Chiefs.

In the last years of Black Elk, a Sioux holy man, he prayed this in hope for his people:

"… with running tears I must say now that the tree has never bloomed… It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives.   Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with  singing birds…   Hear  me in my sorrow,  for I may never call again. O make my people live!"
Today  his tears would be from joy  that the  root does live,   that  the tree  is  leafing  and blooming and being filled with singing birds.   The Great Spirit has  set  his hand again to fulfill His promises and redeem His people.

A Record Preserved

Some of the Native  American  forefathers prayed that if the people should lose sight of their God and should fall because of unrighteousness that the sacred record which had been kept of their history might be  preserved  and brought  forth at a later time.   They rejoiced in the promise that this would be done.

Even so, it was with great  sorrow  that these prophets  foresaw the  wickedness and final destruction of a  once great  people.  Especially sorrowful were those  who lived in those terrible  days and in vision saw the wanderings  and  sufferings of  those who  remained.

In fulfilling the promise that the records would not be lost, the last prophet  was instructed to take and hide them that they could be preserved for another generation.

 A Record Revealed

In 1820,  a young boy named Joseph Smith was praying for spiritual direction and the Great Spirit appeared to him and told him of a special work he was to do. Part of this work was to take these records and translate them. This he did and the book or record was called by the name of the last prophet, who compiled all of their history, "The Book of Mormon".

This book tells the story of how God led a small group of  people  out of Jerusalem before it was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C., how they traveled many years to a great sea and crossed over to this land.   It tells of  their growth  and of a division that occurred among them. It speaks of their times of  kings, and judges, their conflicts, migrations and building of great cities.

The most important thing  of this history was in 33 A. D. when, as  their prophets had foretold,  that the Son of  the Great Spirit, the Healer,  the Morning Star,  visited them  and  performed many miracles. He taught them, blessed their children and gave them power to continue His work.

For about 200 years these people lived together in  righteousness. There were no wars, no persecutions, no poor, and they prospered and multiplied.

Then because of pride and greed and forgetting their Creator they began to divide and war with one another.   Their  end  was  tragic and only warring  and scattered  tribes  remained.

 The Promise

This last prophet who hid up the  records  saw his people fall and  mourned at the loss of the rich heritage they once had.  The prophets were gone, the records were hid  up, and the Spirit had ceased to work with them.   Their greatness faded as dew before the sun.

But he knew, as  the Great  Spirit  had told  him, that  the records  and promises  would return and to those upon whom the sun would rise he wrote this last promise:
"And when you shall receive these things, I would exhort you that you would ask God, the eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true;  And if he shall ask with a sincere heart, with a real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest  the  truth  of it  unto  you, by the  power of the  Holy Ghost;   and by the power of the Holy Ghost, you may know the truth of all things."
Moroni 10:4-5


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