1 Nephi 8

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Lehi sees a vision of the tree of life—He partakes of its fruit and desires his family to do likewise—He sees a rod of iron, a strait and narrow path, and the mists of darkness that enshroud men—Sariah, Nephi, and Sam partake of the fruit, but Laman and Lemuel refuse. About 600–592 B.C. Lehi sees a vision about something Nephi calls “the tree of life”—Lehi eats the tree’s fruit and then wants his family to also eat it—In the vision he also sees a rod made of iron, as well as a straight and narrow path, and mists of darkness that cover people walking on that path—Sariah, Nephi, and Sam eat the fruit, but Laman and Lemuel refuse.
About 600–592 B.C.
And it came to pass that we had gathered together all manner of seeds of every kind, both of grain of every kind, and also of the seeds of fruit of every kind. 1 We spent time gathering all kinds of seeds – seeds for every kind of grain, as well as every type of fruit we knew about.
And it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he spake unto us, saying: Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision. 2 Then one day my father said to us:  “I have had a dream, or, in other words, I have seen a vision.”
And behold, because of the thing which I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi and also of Sam; for I have reason to suppose that they, and also many of their seed, will be saved. 3 “I am so happy about what I saw in this dream because it leads me to believe that many of the descendants of Nephi and Sam will be saved.
But behold, Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you; for behold, methought I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilderness. 4 “But, I am very worried about Laman and Lemuel because, in my dream, I thought I saw you lost in a dark and miserable wilderness.
And it came to pass that I saw a man, and he was dressed in a white robe; and he came and stood before me. 5 “And then in this dream I saw a man dressed in a white robe; and he walked over and stood in front of me.”
And it came to pass that he spake unto me, and bade me follow him. 6 “And the man asked me to follow him.”
And it came to pass that as I followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark and dreary waste. 7 “And then, while I was following him, I noticed that I was in a dark and miserable wilderness.”
And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies. 8 “After walking for many hours in the dark, I began to pray to the Lord to ask if he would have mercy on me – because he is overwhelmingly merciful.”
And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious field. 9 “And then, after I prayed, I saw a large field.”
10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. 10 ”And then I saw a tree – and the fruit of that tree was beautiful and made you happy when you ate it.”
11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. 11 “I went and ate the fruit.  It was sweeter than anything I had ever tasted and the fruit was bright white.”
12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit. 12 “When I ate the fruit it filled my soul with the greatest joy – and this made me want my have my family eat it, too.
13 And as I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, I beheld a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was partaking the fruit. 13 “I began to look around to find my family.  While I looked, I saw a river flowing near the tree.”
14 And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I saw the head thereof a little way off; and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi; and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go. 14 “When I looked to see where the river was coming from, I saw Sariah, Sam, and Nephi near the head of the river.  They seemed to be trying to figure out which way to go.”
15 And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit. 15 “I called to them as loudly as I could and told them to come join me and eat the fruit.”
16 And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also. 16 “And they did come and eat the fruit.”
17 And it came to pass that I was desirous that Laman and Lemuel should come and partake of the fruit also; wherefore, I cast mine eyes towards the head of the river, that perhaps I might see them. 17 “I also wanted Laman and Lemuel to come eat the fruit, so I began to look for them.”
18 And it came to pass that I saw them, but they would not come unto me and partake of the fruit. 18 “I saw them, but they would not come eat the fruit.”
19 And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood. 19 “I saw a rod made of iron, and it stretched along the river bank and led to the tree.”
20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world. 20 “That iron rod ran alongside a straight and narrow path – and it led to the tree.  The path also led to a fountain and to a large and open field.”
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood. 21 “I could see huge groups of people heading my direction trying to find the path that led to the tree.”
22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree. 22 “These people began walking along the path.”
23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost. 23 “As they walked a mist of darkness surrounded them and caused them to lose their way and wander off the path and become lost.”
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree. 24 “But I saw others who were still on the path because they were holding onto the iron rod.  By holding onto the rod they could keep walking through the darkness without getting lost – and finally they made it to the tree and ate its fruit.”
25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed. 25 “After they ate the fruit they began to look around as if they were ashamed.”
26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth. 26 “I looked around to see what made them ashamed – and I saw on the other side of the river a massive building floating in the air above us.”
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit. 27 “This building was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female – and they wore very fancy and expensive clothes.  These people were pointing their fingers at us and mocking everyone eating the fruit”
28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost. 28 “The people eating the fruit were embarrassed they were being laughed at – and they walked away from the tree and got lost.”
29 And now I, Nephi, do not speak all the words of my father. 29 There are just some of the words my father told us about his dream.
30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree. 30 To make a long story short:  He saw other large groups coming towards the tree – and they held onto the iron rod and made it to the tree and ate its fruit.
31 And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building. 31 He also saw other large groups making their way towards the massive building.
32 And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads. 32 Many of these people trying to reach the building drowned in the fountain – and others went out of sight as they traveled down other strange roads.
33 And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not. 33 Many people entered that building – and once they were inside they began to point and laugh at those of us eating the fruit.  But we ignored them.
34 These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away. 34 My father explained that whoever listened to those people in the building wandered away from the tree.
35 And Laman and Lemuel partook not of the fruit, said my father. 35 My father said that Laman and Lemuel did not eat the fruit.
36 And it came to pass after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision, which were many, he said unto us, because of these things which he saw in a vision, he exceedingly feared for Laman and Lemuel; yea, he feared lest they should be cast off from the presence of the Lord. 36 After my father finished telling us many things about his dream he said that, because of the things he saw, he was very worried about Laman and Lemuel.  He was afraid that they were going to reject the Lord and fall away from His presence.
37 And he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent, that they would hearken to his words, that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them, and not cast them off; yea, my father did preach unto them. 37 My father begged them, with all the sincerity of a loving parent, to listen to his words and grow close to the Lord – he said the Lord would show them mercy and not withdraw from them.
38 And after he had preached unto them, and also prophesied unto them of many things, he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord; and he did cease speaking unto them. 38 After saying these things to my brothers he also prophesied of many things – and he urged them to keep the commandments of the Lord.

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