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Passage: 4 Nephi 1:27 - 4 Nephi 1:47

27 And now in this two hundred and first year, there began to be among them those which were lifted up in pride, Such as the wearing of costly apparel and all manner of fine pearls and of the fine things of the world;
28 And from that time forth, they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them, And they began to be divided into classes, And they began to build up churches unto themselves to get gain, And began to deny the true church of Christ.
29 And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away, there were many churches in the land, Yea, there were churches which professed to know the Christ and yet they did deny the more part of His gospel, Insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness, And did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom it had been forbidden because of unworthiness;
30 And this church did multiply exceedingly because of iniquity and because of the power of Satan which did get hold upon their hearts.
31 And again, there was another church which denied the Christ, And they did persecute the true church of Christ because of their humility and their belief in Christ, And they did despise them because of the many miracles which were wrought among them;
32 Therefore, they did exercise power and authority over the disciples of Jesus which did tarry with them, And they did cast them into prison;
33 But by the power of the word of God which was in them, the prisons were rent in twain, And they went forth doing mighty miracles among them.
34 Nevertheless, and notwithstanding all these miracles, the people did harden their hearts and did seek to kill them, even as the Jews at Jerusalem sought to kill Jesus, according to His word;
35 And they did cast them into furnaces of fire, And they came forth receiving no harm; And they also cast them into dens of wild beasts, And they did play with the wild beasts, even as a child with a lamb, And they did come forth from among them receiving no harm.
36 Nevertheless, the people did harden their hearts; For they were led by many priests and false prophets to build up many churches and to do all manner of iniquity,
37 And they did smite upon the people of Jesus, but the people of Jesus did not smite again;
38 And thus they did dwindle in unbelief and wickedness from year to year, even until two hundred and thirty years had passed away.
39 And now it came to pass in this year, yea, in the two hundred and thirty and first year, There was a great division among the people.
40 And it came to pass that in this year, there arose a people which were called the Nephites, And they were true believers in Christ; And among them there were those which were called by the Lamanites-Jacobites and Josephites and Zoramites;
41 Therefore, the true believers in Christ and the true worshippers of Christ-among whom were the three disciples of Jesus which should tarry-were called Nephites and Jacobites and Josephites and Zoramites.
42 And it came to pass that they which rejected the gospel were called Lamanites and Lemuelites and Ishmaelites, And they did not dwindle in unbelief, but they did willfully rebel against the gospel of Christ;
43 And they did teach their children that they should not believe, even as their fathers from the beginning did dwindle;
44 And it was because of the wickedness and abominations of their fathers, even as it was in the beginning;
45 And they were taught to hate the children of God, even as the Lamanites were taught to hate the children of Nephi from the beginning.
46 And it came to pass that two hundred and forty and four years had passed away, And thus were the affairs of the people;
47 And the more wicked part of the people did wax strong and became exceeding more numerous than were the people of God,

 

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