1 Nephi 5

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Sariah complains against Lehi—Both rejoice over the return of their sons—They offer sacrifices—The plates of brass contain writings of Moses and the prophets—The plates identify Lehi as a descendant of Joseph—Lehi prophesies concerning his seed and the preservation of the plates. About 600–592 B.C. Sariah complains about Lehi sending their sons to Jerusalem—Sariah and Lehi rejoice when their sons return—They offer sacrifices to show thanks to God—The plates of brass contain the writings of Moses and the prophets—The plates identify Lehi as a descendant of Joseph of Egypt—Lehi prophesies about his descendants and protecting the plates.
About 600–592 B.C.
And it came to pass that after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy, and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad, for she truly had mourned because of us. 1 When we finally returned back to our family in the wilderness, my mother and father were filled with joy.  My mother had been incredibly worried about us.
For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had complained against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying: Behold thou hast led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the wilderness. 2 My mother had feared that we were dead – and she had openly begun doubting my father.  She accused him of being a reckless dreamer, and she said:  “You have led us away from our home and now my sons are dead – and we will die here in the wilderness.”
And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father. 3 These are among the things my mother said to my father.
And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am a visionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren. 4 In response to this, my father said to her:  “I know that I have seen the Lord and spoken to Him in my dreams.  This is how I know about the goodness of God – and if I had not had these visions I would have stayed in Jerusalem to die with everyone else.”
But behold, I have obtained a land of promise, in the which things I do rejoice; yea, and I know that the Lord will deliver my sons out of the hands of Laban, and bring them down again unto us in the wilderness. 5 “But instead of that, I have been guaranteed a land of promise – and for that reason I rejoice.  In fact, I know that the Lord will protect my sons and not allow Laban to harm them.  And I know He will bring them back to us here in the wilderness.”
And after this manner of language did my father, Lehi, comfort my mother, Sariah, concerning us, while we journeyed in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem, to obtain the record of the Jews. 6 These are among the things my father, Lehi, said to comfort my mother, Sariah, while we traveled to Jerusalem.
And when we had returned to the tent of my father, behold their joy was full, and my mother was comforted. 7 When we returned to our family, they were incredibly happy – and my mother finally relaxed.
And she spake, saying: Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband to flee into the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons, and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, and given them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. And after this manner of language did she speak. 8 My mother said:  “Now I know for sure that the Lord commanded my husband to leave Jerusalem and come out into the wilderness.  And I also know for sure that the Lord protected my sons while they traveled and protected them from Laban.  I know that the Lord gave them the power to do what He asked them to do.”
And it came to pass that they did rejoice exceedingly, and did offer sacrifice and burnt offerings unto the Lord; and they gave thanks unto the God of Israel. 9 And my family rejoiced.  They offered sacrifices to show God their gratitude and they gave thanks.
10 And after they had given thanks unto the God of Israel, my father, Lehi, took the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, and he did search them from the beginning. 10 After we had given thanks to God, my father took the brass plates and read all of them.
11 And he beheld that they did contain the five books of Moses, which gave an account of the creation of the world, and also of Adam and Eve, who were our first parents; 11 He discovered that the plates contained the five books of Moses (the Torah), and this told the story of the creation of the world, as well as Adam and Eve.
12 And also a record of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah; 12 The plates also contained a history of the Jewish people – stretching from their beginning down to the present day reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah.
13 And also the prophecies of the holy prophets, from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah; and also many prophecies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah. 13 The plates also contained various prophecies from Jewish prophets – as well as many prophecies from the prophet Jeremiah.
14 And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the plates of brass a genealogy of his fathers; wherefore he knew that he was a descendant of Joseph; yea, even that Joseph who was the son of Jacob, who was sold into Egypt, and who was preserved by the hand of the Lord, that he might preserve his father, Jacob, and all his household from perishing with famine. 14 My father also found on the plates a genealogy of his family.  He discovered that he was a descendant of Joseph – the son of Jacob who had been sold as a slave into Egypt.
15 And they were also led out of captivity and out of the land of Egypt, by that same God who had preserved them. 15 Joseph’s family was also led away from captivity by the Lord.
16 And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers. And Laban also was a descendant of Joseph, wherefore he and his fathers had kept the records. 16 This is how my father discovered his ancestry.  He also learned that Laban was a descendant of Joseph – and this record had been created and maintained by his ancestors.
17 And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit, and began to prophesy concerning his seed— 17 When my father read all of this he was filled with the Spirit, and he began to prophesy about his descendants —
18 That these plates of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people who were of his seed. 18 He said that all the information on these brass plates would eventually be available to his descendants – no matter where they lived or what language the spoke.
19 Wherefore, he said that these plates of brass should never perish; neither should they be dimmed any more by time. And he prophesied many things concerning his seed. 19 He said that because of this the brass plates would never be destroyed or lost.  He continued to prophesy many things about his descendants.
20 And it came to pass that thus far I and my father had kept the commandments wherewith the Lord had commanded us. 20 Up to this point, my father and I had kept the commandments the Lord had given us.
21 And we had obtained the records which the Lord had commanded us, and searched them and found that they were desirable; yea, even of great worth unto us, insomuch that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our children. 21 We had gotten the records the Lord had told us to get, and we had read them and learned that they were good.  The plates were incredibly valuable to us because now we had a record of God’s words that we could use to teach our children.
22 Wherefore, it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them with us, as we journeyed in the wilderness towards the land of promise. 22 The Lord’s wisdom had provided a way for us to take these teachings with us as we traveled through the wilderness towards the land of promise.

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