1 Nephi 4

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Nephi slays Laban at the Lord’s command and then secures the plates of brass by stratagem—Zoram chooses to join Lehi’s family in the wilderness. About 600–592 B.C. Nephi is commanded by the Lord to kill Laban and take the brass plates—Zoram chooses to join Lehi’s family in the wilderness.
About 600–592 B.C.
And it came to pass that I spake unto my brethren, saying: Let us go up again unto Jerusalem, and let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth, then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty, yea, or even than his tens of thousands? 1 Then I said to my brothers:  “We are going to show faith and go to Jerusalem again like the Lord has commanded.  The Lord is stronger than the entire earth, so of course he is stronger than Laban and his 50 soldiers.  The Lord would be stronger even if he had tens of thousands of soldiers!”
Therefore let us go up; let us be strong like unto Moses; for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea and they divided hither and thither, and our fathers came through, out of captivity, on dry ground, and the armies of Pharaoh did follow and were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea. 2 “With this in mind, let’s go to Jerusalem.  We will be strong like Moses who spoke to the waters of the Red Sea and parted them so that our ancestors come walk through and escape captivity – while the armies of Pharaoh who chased them were drowned.”
Now behold ye know that this is true; and ye also know that an angel hath spoken unto you; wherefore can ye doubt? Let us go up; the Lord is able to deliver us, even as our fathers, and to destroy Laban, even as the Egyptians. 3 “You know that the principle taught by this story is true.  And you also know that an angel has spoken to you and promised that Lord will make it possible to get the brass plates – so how can you doubt we will be successful?  Let’s go right now; the Lord will protect us – just like He protected our fathers – and He will destroy Laban just like he did the Egyptians.
Now when I had spoken these words, they were yet wroth, and did still continue to murmur; nevertheless they did follow me up until we came without the walls of Jerusalem. 4 After I said this Laman and Lemuel were furious – and they were already doubting and distrusting the promises made by the angel – but they still followed me until we reached the walls of Jerusalem.
And it was by night; and I caused that they should hide themselves without the walls. And after they had hid themselves, I, Nephi, crept into the city and went forth towards the house of Laban. 5 It was night, and I had my brothers hide outside the walls.  After they were hidden, I snuck into the city and made my way to Laban’s house.
And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do. 6 I was led by the Spirit; I did not know ahead of time what I would do when I reached Laban’s house.
Nevertheless I went forth, and as I came near unto the house of Laban I beheld a man, and he had fallen to the earth before me, for he was drunken with wine. 7 I did, however, continue my mission.  When I got close to Laban’s house, I saw a man laying on the ground – he was drunk and unconscious.
And when I came to him I found that it was Laban. 8 When I got closer I discovered that it was Laban.
And I beheld his sword, and I drew it forth from the sheath thereof; and the hilt thereof was of pure gold, and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine, and I saw that the blade thereof was of the most precious steel. 9 I saw his sword and pulled it from his belt.  The handle of the sword was made of pure gold and was beautifully designed.  The blade was made from the most precious steel.
10 And it came to pass that I was constrained by the Spirit that I should kill Laban; but I said in my heart: Never at any time have I shed the blood of man. And I shrunk and would that I might not slay him. 10 While I was standing there holding the sword the Spirit told me that Laban had to die – and that I had to do it.  But I did not want to do it.  I said in my heart:  “Never before have I ever killed another man.”  I was scared and hoped desperately that I would not have to do it.
11 And the Spirit said unto me again: Behold the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands. Yea, and I also knew that he had sought to take away mine own life; yea, and he would not hearken unto the commandments of the Lord; and he also had taken away our property. 11 But the Spirit spoke to me again and said:  “You can see that this is how the Lord has made it possible for you to get the brass plates.”  I did know this, and I also knew that Laban had stolen from me and had tried to kill me.  And I knew that Laban would never obey the Lord’s commandments.
12 And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me again: Slay him, for the Lord hath delivered him into thy hands; 12 Then the Spirit said to me again:  “Kill him; this is the only way to get the plates.”
13 Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief. 13 “Sometimes the Lord provides a way for the wicked to die so that His righteous things can happen.  It is better, after all, for one man to die than for an entire nation of people to go without the teachings of the prophets on these brass plates.”
14 And now, when I, Nephi, had heard these words, I remembered the words of the Lord which he spake unto me in the wilderness, saying that: Inasmuch as thy seed shall keep my commandments, they shall prosper in the land of promise. 14 When I had heard these words, I remembered what the Lord had said to me in the wilderness:  “As long as your descendants keep the commandments, I will always stay close to them in the land of promise.”
15 Yea, and I also thought that they could not keep the commandments of the Lord according to the law of Moses, save they should have the law. 15 I also thought about how my descendants would not be able to keep the commandments of the Lord if they did not have a record of His words.
16 And I also knew that the law was engraven upon the plates of brass. 16 And I knew that the words of the Lord were engraved on those plates of brass.
17 And again, I knew that the Lord had delivered Laban into my hands for this cause—that I might obtain the records according to his commandments. 17 I understood that the Lord had allowed Laban to end up in this position so that I could get the plates.
18 Therefore I did obey the voice of the Spirit, and took Laban by the hair of the head, and I smote off his head with his own sword. 18 With this in mind, I obeyed the voice of the Spirit.  I grabbed Laban by the hair and cut off his head with his own sword.
19 And after I had smitten off his head with his own sword, I took the garments of Laban and put them upon mine own body; yea, even every whit; and I did gird on his armor about my loins. 19 After I had cut off his head I put on his clothes and armor.
20 And after I had done this, I went forth unto the treasury of Laban. And as I went forth towards the treasury of Laban, behold, I saw the servant of Laban who had the keys of the treasury. And I commanded him in the voice of Laban, that he should go with me into the treasury. 20 Next, I went to the vault inside his house.  While I was walking to the vault I saw one of his servants – and this servant had the keys to the vault.  I impersonated Laban’s voice and told this servant to come with me to the vault.
21 And he supposed me to be his master, Laban, for he beheld the garments and also the sword girded about my loins. 21 The servant thought I was Laban because of my clothes and because I carried Laban’s sword.
22 And he spake unto me concerning the elders of the Jews, he knowing that his master, Laban, had been out by night among them. 22 Because the servant thought I was Laban, he began to speak to me about the meetings Laban had been at that night with other religious leaders.
23 And I spake unto him as if it had been Laban. 23 I spoke back to the servant as if I were Laban.
24 And I also spake unto him that I should carry the engravings, which were upon the plates of brass, to my elder brethren, who were without the walls. 24 I also told the servant that I was going to take the brass plates from the vault and meet up with my brothers outside the city walls.
25 And I also bade him that he should follow me. 25 I asked the servant to come with me.
26 And he, supposing that I spake of the brethren of the church, and that I was truly that Laban whom I had slain, wherefore he did follow me. 26 The servant thought I was speaking of the brothers of the church – so he followed me.
27 And he spake unto me many times concerning the elders of the Jews, as I went forth unto my brethren, who were without the walls. 27 As we walked, the servant talked a lot about the religious leaders Laban had been meeting with that night.
28 And it came to pass that when Laman saw me he was exceedingly frightened, and also Lemuel and Sam. And they fled from before my presence; for they supposed it was Laban, and that he had slain me and had sought to take away their lives also. 28 When I approached the area where my brothers were hiding, they saw me and became very afraid.  They began to run away because they thought Laban had killed me and was now coming to kill them.
29 And it came to pass that I called after them, and they did hear me; wherefore they did cease to flee from my presence. 29 When I saw them start to run I shouted that it was OK – and when they heard my voice they stopped running.
30 And it came to pass that when the servant of Laban beheld my brethren he began to tremble, and was about to flee from before me and return to the city of Jerusalem. 30 When the servant saw my brothers and heard my voice he became very afraid and tried to run back to Jerusalem.
31 And now I, Nephi, being a man large in stature, and also having received much strength of the Lord, therefore I did seize upon the servant of Laban, and held him, that he should not flee. 31 But I was a large man, and I had also been given a great deal of strength from the Lord – so I grabbed the servant and held him down so that he could not run away.
32 And it came to pass that I spake with him, that if he would hearken unto my words, as the Lord liveth, and as I live, even so that if he would hearken unto our words, we would spare his life. 32 I told the servant that if he would join with me and commit himself to this mission from the Lord, that I would not harm him.
33 And I spake unto him, even with an oath, that he need not fear; that he should be a free man like unto us if he would go down in the wilderness with us. 33 I made the servant a promise so that he would not fear for his life.  I promised him that, if he came with us into the wilderness, he would be a free man and an equal.
34 And I also spake unto him, saying: Surely the Lord hath commanded us to do this thing; and shall we not be diligent in keeping the commandments of the Lord? Therefore, if thou wilt go down into the wilderness to my father thou shalt have place with us. 34 I said to him:  “Isn’t obvious that the Lord has commanded us to get these plates?  For this reason we are doing exactly what He asks.  If you come with us into the wilderness, you will always have a place with us.”
35 And it came to pass that Zoram did take courage at the words which I spake. Now Zoram was the name of the servant; and he promised that he would go down into the wilderness unto our father. Yea, and he also made an oath unto us that he would tarry with us from that time forth. 35 The servant was happy to hear what I said; he promised to come with us into the wilderness and live with us for the rest of his life.  His name was Zoram.
36 Now we were desirous that he should tarry with us for this cause, that the Jews might not know concerning our flight into the wilderness, lest they should pursue us and destroy us. 36 It was important to my brothers and I that Zoram come with us because we did not want anyone in Jerusalem to know where we went.  We were afraid we might be followed and killed.
37 And it came to pass that when Zoram had made an oath unto us, our fears did cease concerning him. 37 But when Zoram made his promise to us, we stopped worrying about this and about him
38 And it came to pass that we took the plates of brass and the servant of Laban, and departed into the wilderness, and journeyed unto the tent of our father. 38 We then took the plates of brass and Zoram and began our journey back to our father’s tent.

1 Nephi 3

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Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem to obtain the plates of brass—Laban refuses to give the plates up—Nephi exhorts and encourages his brethren—Laban steals their property and attempts to slay them—Laman and Lemuel smite Nephi and Sam and are reproved by an angel. About 600–592 B.C. Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem to get the brass plates—Laban refuses to give them the plates—Nephi urges and encourages his brothers—Laban steals their property and tries to kill them—Laman and Lemuel beat Nephi and Sam and are chastised by an angel.
About 600–592 B.C.
1 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with the Lord, to the tent of my father. 1 After speaking with the Lord, I returned to my father’s tent.
2 And it came to pass that he spake unto me, saying: Behold I have dreamed a dream, in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem. 2 And when I returned my father said to me:  “I have had a dream.  And in that dream the Lord commanded me to send you and your brothers back to Jerusalem.”
3 For behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of my forefathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass. 3 “In Jerusalem there is a man named Laban who has an important record that is engraved on plates of brass.  This record contains a history of the Jewish people, as well as a genealogy of my family.”
4 Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brothers should go unto the house of Laban, and seek the records, and bring them down hither into the wilderness. 4 “Because of this the Lord has commanded me to have you and your brothers to Laban’s house and get those records – and then bring them back to me.”
5 And now, behold thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them; but behold I have not required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord. 5 “Your brothers are bitterly complaining about having to do this; they say that this task is too hard.  But I am not the one asking them to do this – this is a commandment from the Lord.”
6 Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not murmured. 6 “Nephi, you will be blessed because you have not doubted or distrusted this command.”
7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them. 7 And I said to my father:  “I will go and do the things that the Lord has commanded, because I know that the Lord does not give us any commandments unless He provides a way for us to do that thing.”
8 And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord. 8 And when my father had heard these words he was very happy because he knew that I had been blessed by the Lord and had come to understand Him.
9 And I, Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the wilderness, with our tents, to go up to the land of Jerusalem. 9 My brothers and I then journeyed through the wilderness, with our tents, back to the land of Jerusalem.
10 And it came to pass that when we had gone up to the land of Jerusalem, I and my brethren did consult one with another. 10 When we arrived back in the land of Jerusalem, my brothers and I had a meeting.
11 And we cast lots—who of us should go in unto the house of Laban. And it came to pass that the lot fell upon Laman; and Laman went in unto the house of Laban, and he talked with him as he sat in his house. 11 We cast lots to decide who would go to Laban’s house and ask for the records.  Laman was selected and he went and spoke with Laban in his house.
12 And he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, which contained the genealogy of my father. 12 Laman asked Laban if he could have the records that engraved on brass plates – the plates that included my father’s genealogy.
13 And behold, it came to pass that Laban was angry, and thrust him out from his presence; and he would not that he should have the records. Wherefore, he said unto him: Behold thou art a robber, and I will slay thee. 13 When Laman asked for these plates Laban became angry and threw him out of his house.  Laban said he would never hand over these records.  He said to Laman:  “You are a robber and I will kill you!”
14 But Laman fled out of his presence, and told the things which Laban had done, unto us. And we began to be exceedingly sorrowful, and my brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness. 14 Before he could be harmed, Laman ran away and came back to tell us what had happened.  We were very sad to hear this news.  My brothers gave up and were about to begin the return trip to my father in the wilderness.
15 But behold I said unto them that: As the Lord liveth, and as we live, we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us. 15 But I said to them:  “As the Lord lives, and as we live, we will not go back to our father until we have done what the Lord sent us here to do.”
16 Wherefore, let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; therefore let us go down to the land of our father’s inheritance, for behold he left gold and silver, and all manner of riches. And all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord. 16 “So let’s show some faith in the command the Lord gave us.  Let’s try to buy the plates from Laban.  We can go back to our old home and get all of the gold and silver and riches that our father left behind when he followed the Lord’s command to leave Jerusalem.”
17 For he knew that Jerusalem must be destroyed, because of the wickedness of the people. 17 “Our father knows that Jerusalem will be destroyed because the wickedness of the people has caused God to withdraw His protection.”
18 For behold, they have rejected the words of the prophets. Wherefore, if my father should dwell in the land after he hath been commanded to flee out of the land, behold, he would also perish. Wherefore, it must needs be that he flee out of the land. 18 “The people here have rejected the words of the prophets.  That is why, if our father had kept living here after being commanded to leave, he would be killed.  That is why he had to leave.”
19 And behold, it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records, that we may preserve unto our children the language of our fathers; 19 “In all His foresight and wisdom, God has told us to get these records from Laban so that we will have a written record that will preserve our language – and it can also then be taught to our future generations.”
20 And also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets, which have been delivered unto them by the Spirit and power of God, since the world began, even down unto this present time. 20 “The Lord also wants our future generations to have other important things on those records owned by Laban – for example, the Five Books of Moses (the Torah), as well as various prophecies from Jewish prophets and a history of the Jewish people.  These writings and teachings were inspired by the Spirit and power of God.
21 And it came to pass that after this manner of language did I persuade my brethren, that they might be faithful in keeping the commandments of God. 21 By speaking to them in this way, I persuaded my brothers to remain faithful and willing to keep God’s commandments.
22 And it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheritance, and we did gather together our gold, and our silver, and our precious things. 22 So went to our old home and gathered up our gold, silver, and precious things.

 

23 And after we had gathered these things together, we went up again unto the house of Laban. 23 And after we had gathered these things together, we went up again unto the house of Laban.
24 And it came to pass that we went in unto Laban, and desired him that he would give unto us the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, for which we would give unto him our gold, and our silver, and all our precious things. 24 Then we went back to Laban’s house.  We asked him for the records engraved on the brass plates in exchange for all of our gold, silver, and precious things.
25 And it came to pass that when Laban saw our property, and that it was exceedingly great, he did lust after it, insomuch that he thrust us out, and sent his servants to slay us, that he might obtain our property. 25 When Laban saw the huge amount of riches we had brought he immediately took it, threw us out of his home, and sent his servants to kill us.
26 And it came to pass that we did flee before the servants of Laban, and we were obliged to leave behind our property, and it fell into the hands of Laban. 26 We had to leave behind all our gold, silver, and precious things and run before Laban’s servants caught us.
27 And it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness, and the servants of Laban did not overtake us, and we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock. 27 We ran back into the wilderness outside Jerusalem and hid in a cave so that Laban’s servants could not find us.
28 And it came to pass that Laman was angry with me, and also with my father; and also was Lemuel, for he hearkened unto the words of Laman. Wherefore Laman and Lemuel did speak many hard words unto us, their younger brothers, and they did smite us even with a rod. 28 Laman was furious with me and also with our father.  Lemuel was also angry; he agreed with and was influenced by Laman’s words.  Laman and Lemuel said many terrible things to Sam and me – they even beat us with a rod.
29 And it came to pass as they smote us with a rod, behold, an angel of the Lord came and stood before them, and he spake unto them, saying: Why do ye smite your younger brother with a rod? Know ye not that the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you, and this because of your iniquities? Behold ye shall go up to Jerusalem again, and the Lord will deliver Laban into your hands. 29 While they were beating us an angel appeared and stood in front of them.  The angel said to them:  “Why are you beating your younger brothers?  Don’t you know that the Lord has chosen Nephi as the next leader of this family, as well as the family’s religious leader?  The Lord chose him instead of you because you are too wicked.  You will all go back to Jerusalem and the Lord will make it possible to get the brass plates.”
30 And after the angel had spoken unto us, he departed. 30 After the angel said this, he left.
31 And after the angel had departed, Laman and Lemuel again began to murmur, saying: How is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands? Behold, he is a mighty man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he can slay fifty; then why not us? 31 As soon as the angel was gone, Laman and Lemuel began to doubt and distrust what they had heard.  They asked:  “How can it be possible that the Lord will make it possible for us to get the brass plates?  Laban is a powerful man who commands 50 soldiers – that means he could kill 50 people.  It will be easy for him to kill the four of us.”

1 Nephi 2

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Lehi takes his family into the wilderness by the Red Sea—They leave their property—Lehi offers a sacrifice to the Lord and teaches his sons to keep the commandments—Laman and Lemuel murmur against their father—Nephi is obedient and prays in faith; the Lord speaks to him, and he is chosen to rule over his brethren. About 600 B.C. Lehi travels with his family into the wilderness near the Red Sea.  They leave their property behind.  Lehi offers a sacrifice to the Lord and teaches his sons to keep the commandments.  Laman and Lemuel doubt and distrust their father.  Nephi is obedient and prays with faith; the Lord speaks to him, and he is chosen as the next leader of the family.
About 600 B.C.
1 For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life. 1 After my father prophesied to the people the Lord spoke to my father again in a dream.  The Lord said:  “Lehi, you are blessesd because of the things you have done; and because you have been faithful and told the people the things I commanded you to say, they want to kill you.”
2 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness. 2 The Lord then told my father to take his family and escape into the wilderness.
3 And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him. 3 My father was obedient and did as the Lord commanded him.
4 And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the wilderness. 4 My father left behind his home, the property he had inherited, gold, silver, and other precious things.  He did not take anything with him except his family, provisions, and tents.
5 And he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea; and he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which are nearer the Red Sea; and he did travel in the wilderness with his family, which consisted of my mother, Sariah, and my elder brothers, who were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam. 5 He traveled through the wilderness with my mother, Sariah, and my elder brothers (who were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam) until he the borders near the shore of the Red Sea.
6 And it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness, he pitched his tent in a valley by the side of a river of water. 6 After traveling for three days in the wilderness, he pitched his tent in a valley by the side of a river.
7 And it came to pass that he built an altar of stones, and made an offering unto the Lord, and gave thanks unto the Lord our God. 7 He next built an altar of stones, and he made a sacrificial offering to the Lord to show his gratitude.
8 And it came to pass that he called the name of the river, Laman, and it emptied into the Red Sea; and the valley was in the borders near the mouth thereof. 8 He named the river Laman. It emptied into the Red Sea.  The valley where we were camped was near the mouth of the river.
9 And when my father saw that the waters of the river emptied into the fountain of the Red Sea, he spake unto Laman, saying: O that thou mightest be like unto this river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness! 9 When my father saw that the river emptied into the Red Sea, he said to Laman: “I hope that you can be like this river, always going in the direction of righteousness!”
10 And he also spake unto Lemuel: O that thou mightest be like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord! 10 He also spoke to Lemuel:  “I hope that you can be like this valley –  firm, unwavering, and immovable when it comes to keeping the commandments of the Lord!”
11 Now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman and Lemuel; for behold they did murmur in many things against their father, because he was a visionary man, and had led them out of the land of Jerusalem, to leave the land of their inheritance, and their gold, and their silver, and their precious things, to perish in the wilderness. And this they said he had done because of the foolish imaginations of his heart. 11 My father said all of this because Laman and Lemuel were obstinate and stubborn.  They regularly expressed their doubt and distrust of my father.  They said he was a reckless dreamer and that he had led them away from their riches, their home, and their city – just to die in the wilderness.  They said he had done this because of his foolish imagination.
12 And thus Laman and Lemuel, being the eldest, did murmur against their father. And they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them. 12 Laman and Lemuel doubted and distrusted my father because they did not know the dealings of God who had created them.
13 Neither did they believe that Jerusalem, that great city, could be destroyed according to the words of the prophets. And they were like unto the Jews who were at Jerusalem, who sought to take away the life of my father. 13 My brothers also did not believe that Jerusalem, that great city, could be destroyed like the prophets said. They became so angry that, just like the people in Jerusalem, they wanted to kill my father.
14 And it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the valley of Lemuel, with power, being filled with the Spirit, until their frames did shake before him. And he did confound them, that they durst not utter against him; wherefore, they did as he commanded them. 14 My father spoke to them while filled with the Spirit – and they began to tremble.  They were so overwhelmed that they stopped doubting and distrusting him.  They did as they were commanded.
15 And my father dwelt in a tent. 15 And my father lived in a tent.
16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers. 16 At this time I was very young but also very big.  I also had a great desire to know more about God – so I prayed to the Lord.  When I prayed, the Lord visited me, and he softened my heart so that I could understand and believe all the words that he had told my father.  Now I would not rebel against him like my brothers.
17 And I spake unto Sam, making known unto him the things which the Lord had manifested unto me by his Holy Spirit. And it came to pass that he believed in my words. 17 I then spoke to my brother Sam, and I told him all the things that the Lord had told me by his Holy Spirit. And Sam believed me.
18 But, behold, Laman and Lemuel would not hearken unto my words; and being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them. 18 Laman and Lemuel, however, did not believe me.  They were very angry because they had hard hearts.  I prayed to the Lord for them.
19 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart. 19 Soon the Lord spoke to me again, and he said:  “You are blessed, Nephi, because of your faith.  You are blessed because you were humble and chose to find me.”
20 And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands. 20 As long as you will keep my commandments you will stay close to me – and I will lead you to a land of promise.  This land is a place that I have prepared for you.  This land is special.
21 And inasmuch as thy brethren shall rebel against thee, they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord. 21 If your brothers rebel against me, they will never be able to know me like you do.
22 And inasmuch as thou shalt keep my commandments, thou shalt be made a ruler and a teacher over thy brethren. 22 Because you are the one keeping my commandments, you will be the head of this family and the family’s religious leader.
23 For behold, in that day that they shall rebel against me, I will curse them even with a sore curse, and they shall have no power over thy seed except they shall rebel against me also. 23 In the future, when you brothers and their descendants rebel against me, I will withdraw myself from them – and they will never overpower your descendants unless they rebel against me, too.
24 And if it so be that they rebel against me, they shall be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in the ways of remembrance. 24 But if your descendants do rebel against me, then the descendants of your brothers will be a scourge to them – and this scourging will help your descendants remember to be righteous.

1 Nephi 1

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The First Book of Nephi

His Reign and Ministry

An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four sons, being called, (beginning at the eldest) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity and they seek to destroy his life. He taketh three days’ journey into the wilderness with his family. Nephi taketh his brethren and returneth to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews. The account of their sufferings. They take the daughters of Ishmael to wife. They take their families and depart into the wilderness. Their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness. The course of their travels. They come to the large waters. Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. He confoundeth them, and buildeth a ship. They call the name of the place Bountiful. They cross the large waters into the promised land, and so forth. This is according to the account of Nephi; or in other words, I, Nephi, wrote this record.

The First Book of Nephi

His Reign and Ministry

This story is about Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four sons named, (beginning at the eldest) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The story begins when the Lord warns Lehi to leave Jerusalem, because when he prophesied to the people about their wickedness they tried to kill him. He traveled for three days out into the wilderness with his family. Later, Nephi returned to the land of Jerusalem with his brothers to get a set of records containing the Five Books of Moses (the Torah), a history of the Jewish people, various prophecies from Jewish prophets, and Lehi’s genealogy stretching at least back as far as the patriarch Jacob.  This book also contains details about this family’s sufferings.  The sons of Lehi later marry the daughters of a man named Ishmael.  All of these people continue traveling through the wilderness and suffer greatly.  This book also details the course of their travels. They eventually end up near an ocean. Nephi’s brothers rebel against him and take his life, but, with God’s help, he confounds them.  Eventually Nephi builds a ship, and they use this to cross the ocean to the promised land.  They give the name “Bountiful” to the place they land.  This record is written by Nephi, the son of Lehi.

Nephi begins the record of his people—Lehi sees in vision a pillar of fire and reads from a book of prophecy—He praises God, foretells the coming of the Messiah, and prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem—He is persecuted by the Jews. About 600 B.C. Nephi begins his record—in a vision Lehi sees a pillar of fire and reads from a book of prophecy—He praises God, he prophecies about the coming of the Messiah, and he prophesies about the destruction of Jerusalem—The people in Jerusalem persecute him.
About 600 B.C.
I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. 1 My name is Nephi.  I was raised by good parents and educated by them.  I have seen many afflictions during my life, but, I have also been highly favored of the Lord throughout my life – indeed, I have had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God.  With all of this in mind, I am now making a record of my life.
Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians. 2  I am writing this record in the language of my father – and his language includes the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.
And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge. 3 And I know that the record which I am making is accurate; and I am writing it with my own hand; and I am writing it based on what I know.
For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed. 4 My record begins at the beginning of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah.  My father, Lehi, had lived in Jerusalem in all his days.  In this same year, many prophets showed up in Jerusalem to prophesy that everyone must repent, or else the great city Jerusalem would be destroyed.
Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people. 5 My father prayed with all his heart on behalf of his people during this time.
And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much; and because of the things which he saw and heard he did quake and tremble exceedingly. 6 One day, while he was praying for his people, there suddenly appeared a pillar of fire.  The fire seemed to be standing on a nearby rock.  From this pillar Lehi saw and heard many things.  The things he saw and heard caused him to shake and tremble uncontrollably.
And it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem; and he cast himself upon his bed, being overcome with the Spirit and the things which he had seen. 7 Later, when Lehi got back to his home in Jerusalem, he collapsed onto his bed because he was so overcome with the Spirit and the things that he had seen.
And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God. 8 And while he was laying there overcome with the Spirit, he had a vision.  In that vision he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with countless angels who were all singing and praising God.
And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day. 9 During this vision he saw One individual descending out of the clouds of heaven, and my father saw that this individual’s gleamed with a brightness that was brighter than the sun at noon-day.
10 And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament. 10 My father also saw twelve other people following this individual, and their brightness was even brighter than the stars in the sky.
11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read. 11 Next, my father saw these individuals walk the face of the earth.  That first individual came and stood in front of my father.  My father was handed a book and was asked to read it.
12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord. 12 As my father read this book he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord.
13 And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine abominations! Yea, and many things did my father read concerning Jerusalem—that it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; many should perish by the sword, and many should be carried away captive into Babylon. 13 My father read these words:  “You have been warned, Jerusalem, that I have you’re your wickedness!”  My father continued to read many things about Jerusalem – including that it was going to be destroyed along with everyone inside of it, and those who were not killed would be taken captive by the armies of the Babylonian Empire.
14 And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish! 14 After my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he said to the Lord:  “Your works are great and marvelous, Oh Lord Almighty!  Your throne is high in the heavens, and your power, and goodness, and mercy are offered to every person on earth; and, because you are merciful, you will protect those that worship you!”
15 And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God; for his soul did rejoice, and his whole heart was filled, because of the things which he had seen, yea, which the Lord had shown unto him. 15 These were the types of things my father said to the Lord because his soul was so happy, and his heart was filled with joy, because of the things that the Lord had shown him.
16 And now I, Nephi, do not make a full account of the things which my father hath written, for he hath written many things which he saw in visions and in dreams; and he also hath written many things which he prophesied and spake unto his children, of which I shall not make a full account. 16 My father saw so many things in his visions and dreams that I cannot possibly write them all, but he has already written down many of these prophecies in his own record.
17 But I shall make an account of my proceedings in my days. Behold, I make an abridgment of the record of my father, upon plates which I have made with mine own hands; wherefore, after I have abridged the record of my father then will I make an account of mine own life. 17 Instead of repeating everything my father has written, I’ll summarize it now inside my own book.  I’m writing these words about my life on metal plates that I have made with my own hands.  Once I’m done summarizing the book written by my father, then I’ll start to write about my own life.
18 Therefore, I would that ye should know, that after the Lord had shown so many marvelous things unto my father, Lehi, yea, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, behold he went forth among the people, and began to prophesy and to declare unto them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard. 18 After the Lord showed so many marvelous things to my father about the destruction of Jerusalem, he began going to the people of the city and telling them about the things that he had seen and heard.
19 And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he testified of them; for he truly testified of their wickedness and their abominations; and he testified that the things which he saw and heard, and also the things which he read in the book, manifested plainly of the coming of a Messiah, and also the redemption of the world. 19 When he told his fellow Jews what he had seen and heard they were angry because they hated hearing about their wickedness and their abominations.  My father told them about the things that he had read in the book, he told them about the coming of a Messiah, and also the redemption of the world.
20 And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance. 20 And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him – just like they had been angry with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain.  The Jews tried to kill my father – but I was able to see for myself that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those who have faith in him, to make them strong or to protect them from danger.