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 use.”
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.

1 Nephi 7

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Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem and invite Ishmael and his household to join them in their journey—Laman and others rebel—Nephi exhorts his brethren to have faith in the Lord—They bind him with cords and plan his destruction—He is freed by the power of faith—His brethren ask forgiveness—Lehi and his company offer sacrifice and burnt offerings.

About 600–592 B.C.

Nephi and his brothers go back to Jerusalem and invite Ishmael and his family to join them—Laman and others do not like this plan—Nephi urges his brothers to have faith in the Lord—Nephi’s brothers tie him up and plan to kill him—He is freed because of his faith—His brothers ask him to forgive them—Lehi and his family show gratitude to God.

About 600–592 B.C.

1 And now I would that ye might know, that after my father, Lehi, had made an end of prophesying concerning his seed, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto him again, saying that it was not meet for him, Lehi, that he should take his family into the wilderness alone; but that his sons should take daughters to wife, that they might raise up seed unto the Lord in the land of promise. 1 After my father finished prophesying to us about our descendants, the Lord spoke to him again.  The Lord told my father that He did not want us out here alone.  The Lord also told my father that his sons should have wives so that there could be children and descendants in the promised land where He was leading us.
And it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that I, Nephi, and my brethren, should again return unto the land of Jerusalem, and bring down Ishmael and his family into the wilderness. 2 The Lord told my father to send my brothers and me back to Jerusalem to find a man named Ishmael and have him and his family join us in the wilderness.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did again, with my brethren, go forth into the wilderness to go up to Jerusalem. 3 So my brothers and I went back to Jerusalem.
And it came to pass that we went up unto the house of Ishmael, and we did gain favor in the sight of Ishmael, insomuch that we did speak unto him the words of the Lord. 4 We went to Ishmael’s house and were given the opportunity to tell him the things the Lord had told us.
And it came to pass that the Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael, and also his household, insomuch that they took their journey with us down into the wilderness to the tent of our father. 5 When Ishmael and his family heard these things, they believed it was from the Lord.  They agreed to follow us back into the wilderness.
And it came to pass that as we journeyed in the wilderness, behold Laman and Lemuel, and two of the daughters of Ishmael, and the two sons of Ishmael and their families, did rebel against us; yea, against me, Nephi, and Sam, and their father, Ishmael, and his wife, and his three other daughters. 6 While we traveled, Laman and Lemuel, as well as four of Ishmael’s children (and their families), protested against going into the wilderness.  They argued against me, Sam, their father, their mother, and three of Ishmael’s other children.
And it came to pass in the which rebellion, they were desirous to return unto the land of Jerusalem. 7 They wanted to return to Jerusalem.
And now I, Nephi, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, therefore I spake unto them, saying, yea, even unto Laman and unto Lemuel: Behold ye are mine elder brethren, and how is it that ye are so hard in your hearts, and so blind in your minds, that ye have need that I, your younger brother, should speak unto you, yea, and set an example for you? 8 I was very sad to hear them argue about what the Lord had asked us to do.  I said to Laman and Lemuel:  “You are my older brothers – how can you ignore what the Lord has asked you to do?  How can you be blind to what He has shown you?  Why do you need your younger brother to tell you what is right?”
How is it that ye have not hearkened unto the word of the Lord? 9 “Why don’t you listen and obey the Lord? “
10 How is it that ye have forgotten that ye have seen an angel of the Lord? 10 “How could you forget that you saw an angel? “
11 Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten what great things the Lord hath done for us, in delivering us out of the hands of Laban, and also that we should obtain the record? 11 “How have you already forgotten the amazing things the Lord has done for us?  Like, protecting us from Laban when we went to get the brass plates? “
12 Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will, for the children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith in him? Wherefore, let us be faithful to him. 12 “How could you forget that the Lord can do anything for us if we only show faith?  With that in mind, let’s show faith now. “
13 And if it so be that we are faithful to him, we shall obtain the land of promise; and ye shall know at some future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled concerning the destruction of Jerusalem; for all things which the Lord hath spoken concerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled. 13 “I believe that if we are faithful we will find the promised land – and I believe that at some point in the future we will know that the prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem will come true.”
14 For behold, the Spirit of the Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them; for behold, they have rejected the prophets, and Jeremiah have they cast into prison. And they have sought to take away the life of my father, insomuch that they have driven him out of the land. 14 “That destruction will come because the Lord has stopped protecting them.  The Lord withdrew from them because they rejected the prophets and even put Jeremiah in jail.  They even tried to kill my father – which is why he is now in the wilderness. “
15 Now behold, I say unto you that if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye shall also perish with them. And now, if ye have choice, go up to the land, and remember the words which I speak unto you, that if ye go ye will also perish; for thus the Spirit of the Lord constraineth me that I should speak. 15 “With all of that in mind, I promise you that if you go back to Jerusalem you will die with everyone else.  The Spirit compels me to tell you this.”
16 And it came to pass that when I, Nephi, had spoken these words unto my brethren, they were angry with me. And it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me, for behold, they were exceedingly wroth, and they did bind me with cords, for they sought to take away my life, that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts. 16 When I told them this they were angry.  They grabbed me and tied me with rope – with the intention of leaving me behind to be eaten by wild animals.
17 But it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound. 17 While I was tied up I prayed to the Lord:  “Oh Lord, because I have faith in you, will you please save me from my brothers.  Give me the strength to break these ropes.”
18 And it came to pass that when I had said these words, behold, the bands were loosed from off my hands and feet, and I stood before my brethren, and I spake unto them again. 18 When I said these words the ropes became loose and fell off my hands and feet.  I then stood up in front of my brethren and spoke to them again.
19 And it came to pass that they were angry with me again, and sought to lay hands upon me; but behold, one of the daughters of Ishmael, yea, and also her mother, and one of the sons of Ishmael, did plead with my brethren, insomuch that they did soften their hearts; and they did cease striving to take away my life. 19 They were angry and tried to grab me again, but one of Ishmael’s daughters – as well as her mother and one of her brothers – begged my brothers to stop.  This begging softened their hearts and they stopped trying to kill me.
20 And it came to pass that they were sorrowful, because of their wickedness, insomuch that they did bow down before me, and did plead with me that I would forgive them of the thing that they had done against me. 20 My brothers began to be very sorry about their wickedness, and they came to be and asked for forgiveness for what they had done to me.
21 And it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done, and I did exhort them that they would pray unto the Lord their God for forgiveness. And it came to pass that they did so. And after they had done praying unto the Lord we did again travel on our journey towards the tent of our father. 21 I immediately forgave them, and I urged them to pray to God and ask for forgiveness – which they did.  When they had finished praying, we continued our journey back to my family in the wilderness.
22 And it came to pass that we did come down unto the tent of our father. And after I and my brethren and all the house of Ishmael had come down unto the tent of my father, they did give thanks unto the Lord their God; and they did offer sacrifice and burnt offerings unto him. 22 We finally made it back to my family in the wilderness, and we all gave thanks to the Lord our God.

1 Nephi 6

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Nephi writes of the things of God—Nephi’s purpose is to persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham and be saved. About 600–592 B.C. Nephi writes about God—Nephi’s writes so that peole will believe in God and be saved.

About 600–592 B.C.

And now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in this part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father; wherefore, I do not write it in this work. 1 I am not going to write down my father’s genealogy because it is already included in his part of this book.
For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants of Joseph. 2 Simply put:  We are descendants of Joseph of Egypt.
And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God. 3 I feel that it is OK to not repeat the things my father has written in his record – because I want to save room on these plates to write about God.
For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved. 4 The only reason I am writing my story is to tell everyone to follow God and be saved.
Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world. 5 In this book I will not write things that will be enjoyed by people who reject God – but I will write things that please God.
Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men. 6 For this reason I am leaving instructions for my descendants (who will also write on these plates that I have made) that they can only record things that are valuable to mankind.

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.

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.

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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.”

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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.