(9:1-6) The plates of Nephi
Lucky for us, Nephi left out a lot of shit his dad said in the valley of Lemuel.
He just didn't have room for it on his plates.
He only had room for important stuff -- like what to name his plates.
But first, Nephi tells us that these plates (the ones he's writing now) are not the plates that have
the history of his people written on them.
No, those plates are called the plates of Nephi. That's why he calls them the plates of Nephi.
He named them after his own name, which (in case you've forgotten) is Nephi.
There are other plates that are also called the plates of Nephi, but these plates (the
ones Nephi is talking about now) are not those plates of Nephi, although they are also called the plates of Nephi.
Now that we know which plates of Nephi Nephi is talking about, he can tell us about them.
First of all, God gave Nephi a commandment to write down the ministry of his people on these plates (which Nephi called the plates of Nephi).
God told Nephi to make two sets of plates: one for "for the more part of the ministry" and the other set "for the more part of the reign
of the kings and the wars and contentions" of his people.
God told Nephi to make both sets of plates "for a wise purpose." But Nephi had no idea what that purpose was.
And thus it is and so on and so forth. Amen.