Greetings all my relations,
On this beautiful day I would be honored to present to you all, the ancient record of the prophet Sahnempet.
( This record takes place in America at the meridian of time. The Birth of Jesus Christ.)
I believe the area in the State of Utah known as Sanpete County, is named after the prophet Sahnempet…
The City of Manti is part of Sanpete…Manti is where the temple was located two thousand years ago…and where the LDS temple is located today…
The Record of Sahnempet
The Ways and Customs of the Ammonites
Hagmeni died in the year before Christ was born.
The aged prophet Nephi arrived in Mentinah one month after Hagmeni died.
Nephi taught the Nemenhah about Christ and the signs of His birth and death.
At Christ’s advent, many wonders and miracles occurred.
Nephi lived his last years among the Nemenhah putting all records in order.
Nephi died in the fourth year after Christ’s birth.
1) The prophet and High Priest of the Nemenhah of the land of Menintah, even that Hagmeni the son of Hagoth who first sailed into this Land Northward, has died and all the Nemenhah from these mountains in the south to the frozen waters of the north do mourn his passing.
For he had hoped to live to see the sign of the coming of the Lord and all the Nemenhah have prayed to sustain him in his calling until his desire should be accomplished.
But Hagmeni was exceedingly old and when the winter came but one season
before the sign was to come, he fell upon the ice and was taken quickly.
2) Behold, I am Sahnempet, the son of Hagmeni, even the eldest of my brethren and, before his death, my father ordained me a high priest and commanded me tokeep the records of my family.
Now this is the custom of the Nemenhah, that each family considers their works and keeps a record of them.
And these records are kept in the vaults in the mountains. Thus we preserve our good customs and traditions and are not carried away by the teachings of men.
3) But before I begin, I must sing a tribute unto my father, for he was great in goodness and powerful in the Spirit and the Lord had accepted his sacrifice.
Wherefore, he was accepted by the Nemenhah as a prophet, for he walked the Way of the Lord and the Lord was with him.
4) Yet Hagmeni wrote not of himself.
He wrote of his father, and of the Twins and of the teachers who were taught by Nephi and subdued the Gadiantonhem with the word of God;
And he wrote of the healers and of Samuel, that Lamanite Prophet of great renown.
But, of his own works he spoke nothing at all. Wherefore, I will sing a song of praise for him. Not boasting in the arm of the flesh, for the Lord held him in high favor, and if the Lord so esteemed him, then why not we?
5) Hagmeni, the Lord’s favored, was faithful to the Lord and to his people all the days of his life. From the Land Southward in the ships of Hagoth he strayed, into the Canyons of Akish, where the Lord saved the sojourners with the miracle of the fish.
He witnessed the works of the LamaniteTwins as they taught all the people to be healers.
Yea, and when the people saw the works of the Nephites, that they waxed evil in the eyes of the Lord and kept not His ways, wherefore the people chose to be a sundered race, Hagmeni was with the Twins and upheld them in council.
Then the people called themselves Nemenhah;
because of the counsel of the twin brothers of the Lamanites of Ammon.
Hagmeni saw their good works and upheld them, to the blessing and prosperity of the people.
6) And when Nephi taught the people how the Ammonites in the Land Southward fought the Gadiantonhem with the word of God, Hagmeni was among those who were ordained and took up the task of rooting out the robbers from among us.
7) When the Nemenhah decided to leave the fair land of their first discovery and come to the protected land of Menintah, Hagmeni became the High Priest and guided the people in righteousness.
The temple he built and he laid the foundations of the great city of Mentinah.
8) He found the tombs of the Jaredites and their records and translated their words.
He was the friend of prophets, yea, he sat at the feet of Nephi and Samuel who taught him.
Howbeit he was great in wisdom and in the gifts of the Spirit, yet he sought the counsel of the Lord’s anointed and never puffed himself up.
Surely he was among the heroes of the Nemenhah and the people will teach his teachings every year and shall commemorate his words.
9) Now, I, Sahnempet, am but the son of a great man and I can never be as he was, but I have endeavored to keep the ways of the Lord and the teachings of my father.
Therefore, I will try to write the things he would have written were he here to see the works of the Nemenhah in my days.
10) It came to pass that in the year before the sign was to come of the Lord’s coming unto His people, my father Hagmeni received word from Nephi in the Land Southward which grieved him greatly.
For Nephi entreated Hagmeni that he should receive all the people who believed in his words into our land for refuge and a sanctuary.
This was news the most severe, for we knew that Nephi would not send the faithful out of the land unless their lives had become very strait indeed.
11) Wherefore, the Nemenhah alike mourned for the righteous few Nephites and Lamanites in the Land Southward and did prepare places for them to sojourn with us. But behold, no other epistle or emissary was heard from Nephi.
Now this was the most grievous to my father Hagmeni, for he and Nephi were like to be brothers, and indeed they were brothers, both being prophets of God.
But we all grieved, as well, for quiet out of the Land Southward and out of Zarahemlah could only mean that the freedoms of the people had been altogether curtailed. And thus we occupied the final year before the sign, waiting and preparing for the sign.
12) And many believed that it was this lack of news from the south which weakened Hagmeni.
For, when no word came of Nephi, the prophet of Zarahemlah, Hagmeni became exceedingly downcast and seldom left his house.
For he had hoped to meet with Nephi and discuss the sign that was to come.
13) Behold, some had studied the scriptures and said that Christ would come as a man, and others said He would be born as man is born.
Wherefore, though there was no contention concerning the matter, there was much discussion.
Now, Hagmeni knew how the Lord would come and he believed that he and Nephi could put to rest the discussion.
Wherefore, to receive no news of his friend, and to not know whether he lived or whether he did rest with the heroes was a great burden for Hagmeni.
Wherefore, he did fade quickly and became as one stricken with great age and bent, as if before our very eyes. And, as I said, he died before the sign of the Lord’s coming.
14) Now, behold, but one lunar after my father died, the very aged prophet Nephi arrived from the Land Southward with a very small band of followers.
For they had been forced to travel in secret and disguised in the Land Southward and had made their way but slowly. And when he arrived among us, he grieved to find his friend Hagmeni dead and laid to rest in the tombs.
15) Nevertheless, he did rejoice that his friend had lived a good life and had never rejected the ways of the Lord in all his days. For man must die and it was far better to hear that his friend had died in the Lord and not in the gall of bitterness, as so many of his brethren in Zarahemlah.
16) Behold, Nephi, the prophet, did clarify how the Lord would come and
I testify that it was just as my father had taught to me before he died. And these are the words that the prophet Nephi taught the Nemenhah concerning the sign:
17) Verily, Samuel prophesied and gave the sign whereby we might know that the time is at hand that the Lord our God is come to redeem His people.
Be not troubled by this and contend not.
For we know that the Son of God shall be born of a virgin fair in the land of Jerusalem, out of which our father Lehi took his journey into the wilderness.
Yea, did not the Prophet Alma teach that the virgin most precious should be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost and bring forth a Son, even the Son of God?
And was not Nephi of old taught by the Angel that the virgin whom he saw was the mother of the Son of God after the manner of the flesh?
And again, do we not read in the Brass Plates the words of Isaiah, wherein he said,
18) Behold, a virgin shall conceive and shall bear a Son, and shall call His name Emanuel.
19) Therefore, the scriptures do teach us the manner of His coming unto the world.
20) Yea, verily I say unto you, He shall be born into the world in the meridian of time and I ask you the same question the Angel asked Nephi of old:
21) Do you know the condescension of God?
For the Son was already perfect and needed no life of man, no line upon line, to become even as the Father is.
Nay, He was perfect already.
It is so that we may become perfect that He condescended once again to live as man lives and to take upon Him the elements of the world He had created.
One life more was He willing to sacrifice, one life for all, worlds without end, so that mankind could, by the power of the Holy Ghost, take from Him dominion over earthly matter and ascend with Him into that place where the Father dwells.
For He has descended all things, yea.
He is in the sun and in the moon and in the stars, for they were made by Him. And He is in the earth, for it is His footstool.
Yea, even all the elements of creation do obey His voice because they are His.
Therefore, His sacrifice is great, that He should do so much for us.
This is the condescension of God, to be born as men are born, and to live as men live, that none may say He is not justified.
22) Wherefore, marvel not and contend not.
The sign for which we wait and which is nigh upon us, shall be the sign of His birth.
Therefore shall there be signs in the heavens.
Yea, even a new star shall show itself in the sky, one that your learned men have never yet seen.
Yea, and there shall be no night, but there shall be a day, a night and a day, when the Child is born, and many other signs and wonders shall you see.
23) Verily, He shall grow up among His own, even among those whom our Fathers left behind in the land of Jerusalem. And He shall learn as we all must learn, and He shall grow from line to line and light to light, yea, precept by precept, except that He shall learn from the Father and from Angels.
24) But behold, He will be born unto His own people, and there He shall call righteous men and He shall establish His Church and His righteousness and many shall believe.
But the more part of His own people in the land of Jerusalem are as the people of Zarahemlah.
They are puffed up and wicked, and they shall reject their King and shall even put Him to death. So shall the Son of Man die as to the manner of men just as He was born as to the manner of men.
Then shall the grave take Him into that mysterious bondage of death, just as you and I shall go down captive into the earth. And this is needful, that He may say that surely He did descend all things.
25) Now, despair not that I say He must die, for the people were taken by the power of His words and were weeping every one.
For lo! He must die so that in Him death may be done away.
For He shall rise again on the third day, and this so that we may also rise.
Yea! Death shall be conquered and the mystery uncovered.
By the power of the Holy Ghost He shall take back up the element of His body, and it shall be changed to the unchangeable.
Yea, His very creation shall be altered to the unalterable.
This so that we who are His may also hope for a like resurrection.
26) Wherefore, despair not, but rejoice and let your celebration of His coming go on as usual.
Yea, decorate your homes and sing songs of joy.
Yea, light your light!
Yea, let the whole valley be lit as a token of your belief in that Holy Child who shall soon bring everlasting joy and eternal life unto them that believe on Him.
27) Behold, it was after this manner that Nephi taught the Nemenhah, and all the people began to rejoice in the expectation of the coming event.
And as the snows began to recede and as the hills sprang into life,
the people began to celebrate the coming of the Lord.
And during this time were many wonders seen and many miracles.
And Angels were seen to visit in congregations and alone and the anticipation of the Nemenhah became very great.
28) Then, behold, on the seventh day of the celebration of the Nemenhah, on the day appointed that all the believers should gather together fasting to the Temple and to the synagogues, the sun rose as usual and the Spirit was strong.
Yea, the people were so filled with the Spirit that many began to prophesy and many broke forth in strange tongues, yea, and others interpreted.
And all the people began to hear all creation sing as if with the voices of Angels.
29) Then, when the night came, behold the sun went down over the West Mountains as usual but it remained light.
Wherefore the people did rejoice exceedingly for they knew that the sign was fulfilled in their sight.
And a new star that shone both day and night was seen in the sky.
Then, the next day, when the sun arose, the heavens broke forth in the sounds of heavenly choirs, and the Nemenhah also sang!
Yea, great was the rejoicing of the Nemenhah, for the King was born and they had been exceedingly faithful.
Wherefore, wherein should they not be found rejoicing?
For the Lord had promised them that He should visit them if they but remained faithful.
Now, if their joy was great at the birth of their King, they imagined that their joy would be surpassing great at the coming of their King in His glory.
30) Now, it came to pass that Nephi was filled also with joy, for he supposed that because of the accomplishment of the sign, his people the Nephites would repent of their wickedness and return unto the Lord.
And he did send emissaries down to the cities of the Nephites in the borders of the Land Southward to ascertain the temper of the people.
31) For Nephi feared exceedingly for the few faithful whom he had left in Zarahemlah.
For he had ordained his eldest son Nephi to the high priesthood and had left him the charge of the Church. Behold he had hoped to hear good report of the Nephites.
But behold, the emissaries returned with no report of Nephi, or of the saints in Zarahemlah. Wherefore they never reached the city.
Yea, the Land Southward was still a hazardous place and when the emissaries spoke of the sign, the people fled from them. And in many places the authorities of the cities would not let them enter.
The very few believers whom the emissaries found among the people were afraid to speak, for many lies concerning the sign had been circulated, which added much to the suffering of the saints.
Even they did convince the emissaries to turn about ere they had reached Zarahemlah and they did resort with them back out of the land.
32) Now, Nephi was exceedingly old, even as Hagmeni, and weighed down with grief and he bethought himself to return to Zarahemlah.
But behold, his strength was gone and he crossed himself in his thought.
But he did pray earnestly to the Father, in the name of the Son, to know of the well-being of his son Nephi and his family.
Yea, he prayed both day and night and denied himself food and water, and he slept not, but dedicated every energy to supplication.
33) And, behold, I know of a surety that the Lord did answer his prayer, for we were together in the temple when he received the vision of all that would befall his son Nephi and the righteous in Zarahemlah.
And so great was his relief and his joy that he did fall down to the floor in the Holy Place, as if dead.
And we took him to my home and laid him upon a couch and gave him all care.
And behold, he spoke as the vision unfolded before him.
Wherefore, we did rejoice also for he told of the utter destruction of the wicked and of the visitation of our Lord.
34) Behold, Nephi did live out the rest of his life in exile in the land of Mentinah and we did esteem him one of us, and he did teach us many things that did clarify our worship.
He also did spend much time in the vaults and tombs in the mountains, for he esteemed the plates deposited there to be of great value and importance for our people, but also for those who would inhabit the land in futurity.
Wherefore, he did spend the last three years of his life putting in order the records of the Jaredites and also of the Nemenhah.
35) Now Nephi discovered a curious thing with regard to the writing of the Jaredites – that it was not at all after the writing of the Nephites.
For, whereas the written figure for the spoken word “man” is always some variation of the shape of a man, thus, it is rendered in some Nephite writing and, in others, and in yet others, in the Jaredite, the word is written according to the sounds uttered rather than the image of the thing.
Therefore “Nemenhah” or”The People of the Spirit” is rendered with the vocal sounds either preceding or following.
Thus is the Jaredite writing of the word spoken in our language.
But in the Nephite writing of Zarahemlah of our time it is written or
“The Lord’s People” or “People of the Altar”.
The Jaredite manner of writing, Nephi discovered, requires more space but is less easily confused, for can also be used for “God’s People” and so also can the figure ,each
being different figures but having the same meaning.
Now, the figure means “a traveler from the East” and it is not much different from those figures already discussed.
36) Wherefore, Nephi, seeing that this could someday present a stumbling block to those whom the Lord might cause to come into possession of our records in some future time,
he suggested to our councils that we adopt the Jaredite writing.
Wherefore, because we did esteem Nephi so highly, and wished to honor him, we did begin to use this system, and have used it ever since.
37) Therefore, the Book of Hagoth is no longer but is written . And so long as
the speech of the Nemenhah is remembered, the writing will be understood.
38) Wherefore, to understand the name figure to be Hagoth, one would need a knowledge of the history of our people, and to understand the word figure one would need an understanding of our manner of book making.
And this thing was curious because we found it much easier to teach our children in the writing of the Jaredites than in our writing.
39) And this was a curious thing because, when Nephi read to us Mosiah’s translation of the writings of Ether, a Jaredite, we discovered that Jared fled with his people away from the great tower when the Lord confounded the languages.
Now, our wives and our daughters, who are always more inclined to merriment than our men, found this a curious thing indeed.
40) And in the fourth year after the sign had come confirming the advent of the Lord, Nephi, that wise old prophet of Zarahemlah, slept, and the Nemenhah wept for seven days in his honor.
Thus in but five years the Nemenhah had seen the passing of two Prophets and great High Priests.
But we had also seen signs in the heavens, and wonders, and miracles, and Angels, and we received the assurance through a prophet of God, that the Lord would never forget us in the wilderness.
41) Thus, though we were saddened by the loss of our best men, nevertheless, we did rejoice exceedingly because of the abundant justification of our faith.
Yea, we had perceived the roots, nay, the seeds of wickedness among the Nephites in the Land Southward, even the land of Zarahemlah.
And we departed out of Babylon and escaped the horrible fate that befell our people. And more horrible will it yet be for them if they repent not.
But when we were led by the Lord into a new country we did not begin anew to build up Babylon in this place;
but kept ourselves unspotted and free from the sins of our generation.
42) Let all those who read these plates, if it be in the wisdom of God that they should find them and the power be in them to translate, let them consider them wisely.
For God has commanded all to come out of Babylon and the way to do it is found herein.