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.
1 Nephi 1 Chapter 1
1 Nephi 1:1 1 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 Nephi 1:2 2 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.
1 Nephi 1:3 3 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.
1 Nephi 1:4 4 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.
1 Nephi 1:5 5 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.
1 Nephi 1:6 6 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
1 Nephi 1:7 7 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.
1 Nephi 1:8 8 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.
1 Nephi 1:9 9 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.
1 Nephi 1:10 10 And he also saw
twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that
of the stars in the firmament.
1 Nephi 1:11 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.
1 Nephi 1:12 12 And it came to
pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the
1 Nephi 1:13 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
1 Nephi 1:14 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
1 Nephi 1:15 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
1 Nephi 1:16 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
1 Nephi 1:17 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
1 Nephi 1:18 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.
1 Nephi 1:19 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 the Messiah, and also the
redemption of the world.
1 Nephi 1:20 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
1 Nephi 2 Chapter 2
1 Nephi 2:1 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 Nephi 2:2 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.
1 Nephi 2:3 3 And it came to pass
that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as
the Lord commanded him.
1 Nephi 2:4 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
1 Nephi 2:5 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
1 Nephi 2:6 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.
1 Nephi 2:7 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.
1 Nephi 2:8 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
1 Nephi 2:9 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
1 Nephi 2:10 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
1 Nephi 2:11 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
1 Nephi 2:12 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. 1 Nephi 2:13 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.
1 Nephi 2:14 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.
1 Nephi 2:15 15 And my father
dwelt in a tent.
1 Nephi 2:16 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.
1 Nephi 2:17 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
1 Nephi 2:18 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
1 Nephi 2:19 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.
1 Nephi 2:20 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.
1 Nephi 2:21 21 And inasmuch as
thy brethren shall rebel against thee, they shall be cut off from
the presence of the Lord.
1 Nephi 2:22 22 And inasmuch as
thou shalt keep my commandments, thou shalt be made a ruler and a
teacher over thy brethren.
1 Nephi 2:23 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.
1 Nephi 2:24 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.
1 Nephi 3 Chapter 3
1 Nephi 3:1 1 And it came to pass
that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with the Lord, to the tent of
1 Nephi 3:2 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.
1 Nephi 3:3 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.
1 Nephi 3:4 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.
1 Nephi 3:5 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.
1 Nephi 3:6 6 Therefore go, my
son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not
1 Nephi 3:7 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
1 Nephi 3:8 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.
1 Nephi 3:9 9 And I, Nephi, and
my brethren took our journey in the wilderness, with our tents, to
go up to the land of Jerusalem.
1 Nephi 3:10 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.
1 Nephi 3:11 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.
1 Nephi 3:12 12 And he desired of
Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass,
which contained the genealogy of my father.
1 Nephi 3:13 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
1 Nephi 3:14 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.
1 Nephi 3:15 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.
1 Nephi 3:16 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.
1 Nephi 3:17 17 For he knew that
Jerusalem must be destroyed, because of the wickedness of the
1 Nephi 3:18 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.
1 Nephi 3:19 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;
1 Nephi 3:20 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.
1 Nephi 3:21 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
1 Nephi 3:22 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
1 Nephi 3:23 23 And after we had
gathered these things together, we went up again unto the house of
1 Nephi 3:24 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.
1 Nephi 3:25 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
1 Nephi 3:26 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
1 Nephi 3:27 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
1 Nephi 3:28 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.
1 Nephi 3:29 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.
1 Nephi 3:30 30 And after the
angel had spoken unto us, he departed.
1 Nephi 3:31 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?
1 Nephi 4 Chapter 4
1 Nephi 4:1 1 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
1 Nephi 4:2 2 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
1 Nephi 4:3 3 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
1 Nephi 4:4 4 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.
1 Nephi 4:5 5 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.
1 Nephi 4:6 6 And I was led by
the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should
1 Nephi 4:7 7 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
1 Nephi 4:8 8 And when I came to
him I found that it was Laban.
1 Nephi 4:9 9 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
1 Nephi 4:10 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.
1 Nephi 4:11 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.
1 Nephi 4:12 12 And it came to
pass that the Spirit said unto me again: Slay him, for the Lord
hath delivered him into thy hands;
1 Nephi 4:13 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.
1 Nephi 4:14 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
1 Nephi 4:15 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.
1 Nephi 4:16 16 And I also knew
that the law was engraven upon the plates of brass.
1 Nephi 4:17 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.
1 Nephi 4:18 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.
1 Nephi 4:19 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.
1 Nephi 4:20 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.
1 Nephi 4:21 21 And he supposed
me to be his master, Laban, for he beheld the garments and also the
sword girded about my loins.
1 Nephi 4:22 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.
1 Nephi 4:23 23 And I spake unto
him as if it had been Laban.
1 Nephi 4:24 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
1 Nephi 4:25 25 And I also bade
him that he should follow me.
1 Nephi 4:26 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.
1 Nephi 4:27 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.
1 Nephi 4:28 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.
1 Nephi 4:29 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.
1 Nephi 4:30 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.
1 Nephi 4:31 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.
1 Nephi 4:32 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.
1 Nephi 4:33 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
1 Nephi 4:34 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.
1 Nephi 4:35 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
1 Nephi 4:36 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.
1 Nephi 4:37 37 And it came to
pass that when Zoram had made an oath unto us, our fears did cease
1 Nephi 4:38 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
1 Nephi 5 Chapter 5
1 Nephi 5:1 1 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 Nephi 5:2 2 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
1 Nephi 5:3 3 And after this
manner of language had my mother complained against my
1 Nephi 5:4 4 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.
1 Nephi 5:5 5 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.
1 Nephi 5:6 6 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.
1 Nephi 5:7 7 And when we had
returned to the tent of my father, behold their joy was full, and
my mother was comforted.
1 Nephi 5:8 8 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.
1 Nephi 5:9 9 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
1 Nephi 5:10 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.
1 Nephi 5:11 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;
1 Nephi 5:12 12 And also a record
of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the commencement of
the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah;
1 Nephi 5:13 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.
1 Nephi 5:14 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.
1 Nephi 5:15 15 And they were
also led out of captivity and out of the land of Egypt, by that
same God who had preserved them.
1 Nephi 5:16 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.
1 Nephi 5:17 17 And now when my
father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit, and
began to prophesy concerning his seed—
1 Nephi 5:18 18 That these plates
of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and
people who were of his seed.
1 Nephi 5:19 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.
1 Nephi 5:20 20 And it came to
pass that thus far I and my father had kept the commandments
wherewith the Lord had commanded us.
1 Nephi 5:21 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.
1 Nephi 5:22 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.
1 Nephi 6 Chapter 6
1 Nephi 6:1 1 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 Nephi 6:2 2 For it sufficeth me
to say that we are descendants of Joseph.
1 Nephi 6:3 3 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.
1 Nephi 6:4 4 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
1 Nephi 6:5 5 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
1 Nephi 6:6 6 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
1 Nephi 7 Chapter 7
1 Nephi 7:1 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 Nephi 7:2 2 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.
1 Nephi 7:3 3 And it came to pass
that I, Nephi, did again, with my brethren, go forth into the
wilderness to go up to Jerusalem.
1 Nephi 7:4 4 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.
1 Nephi 7:5 5 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.
1 Nephi 7:6 6 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
1 Nephi 7:7 7 And it came to pass
in the which rebellion, they were desirous to return unto the land
1 Nephi 7:8 8 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
1 Nephi 7:9 9 How is it that ye
have not hearkened unto the word of the Lord?
1 Nephi 7:10 10 How is it that ye
have forgotten that ye have seen an angel of the Lord?
1 Nephi 7:11 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?
1 Nephi 7:12 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
1 Nephi 7:13 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.
1 Nephi 7:14 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.
1 Nephi 7:15 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
1 Nephi 7:16 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
1 Nephi 7:17 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.
1 Nephi 7:18 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.
1 Nephi 7:19 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.
1 Nephi 7:20 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
1 Nephi 7:21 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.
1 Nephi 7:22 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.
1 Nephi 8 Chapter 8
1 Nephi 8:1 1 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
1 Nephi 8:2 2 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.
1 Nephi 8:3 3 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.
1 Nephi 8:4 4 But behold, Laman
and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you; for behold,
methought I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilderness.
1 Nephi 8:5 5 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.
1 Nephi 8:6 6 And it came to pass
that he spake unto me, and bade me follow him.
1 Nephi 8:7 7 And it came to pass
that as I followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark and
1 Nephi 8:8 8 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.
1 Nephi 8:9 9 And it came to pass
after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious
1 Nephi 8:10 10 And it came to
pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one
1 Nephi 8:11 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.
1 Nephi 8:12 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
1 Nephi 8:13 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.
1 Nephi 8:14 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
1 Nephi 8:15 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.
1 Nephi 8:16 16 And it came to
pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit
1 Nephi 8:17 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.
1 Nephi 8:18 18 And it came to
pass that I saw them, but they would not come unto me and partake
of the fruit.
1 Nephi 8:19 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.
1 Nephi 8:20 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
1 Nephi 8:21 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.
1 Nephi 8:22 22 And it came to
pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led
to the tree.
1 Nephi 8:23 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
1 Nephi 8:24 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
1 Nephi 8:25 25 And after they
had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes
about as if they were ashamed.
1 Nephi 8:26 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.
1 Nephi 8:27 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.
1 Nephi 8:28 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
1 Nephi 8:29 29 And now I, Nephi,
do not speak all the words of my father.
1 Nephi 8:30 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.
1 Nephi 8:31 31 And he also saw
other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious
1 Nephi 8:32 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.
1 Nephi 8:33 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
1 Nephi 8:34 34 These are the
words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen
1 Nephi 8:35 35 And Laman and
Lemuel partook not of the fruit, said my father.
1 Nephi 8:36 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.
1 Nephi 8:37 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
1 Nephi 8:38 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.
1 Nephi 9 Chapter 9
1 Nephi 9:1 1 And all these
things did my father see, and hear, and speak, as he dwelt in a
tent, in the valley of Lemuel, and also a great many more things,
which cannot be written upon these plates.
1 Nephi 9:2 2 And now, as I have
spoken concerning these plates, behold they are not the plates upon
which I make a full account of the history of my people; for the
plates upon which I make a full account of my people I have given
the name of Nephi; wherefore, they are called the plates of Nephi,
after mine own name; and these plates also are called the plates of
1 Nephi 9:3 3 Nevertheless, I
have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these
plates, for the special purpose that there should be an account
engraven of the ministry of my people.
1 Nephi 9:4 4 Upon the other
plates should be engraven an account of the reign of the kings, and
the wars and contentions of my people; wherefore these plates are
for the more part of the ministry; and the other plates are for the
more part of the reign of the kings and the wars and contentions of
1 Nephi 9:5 5 Wherefore, the Lord
hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him,
which purpose I know not.
1 Nephi 9:6 6 But the Lord
knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a
way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for
behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And
thus it is. Amen.
1 Nephi 10 Chapter 10
1 Nephi 10:1 1 And now I, Nephi,
proceed to give an account upon these plates of my proceedings, and
my reign and ministry; wherefore, to proceed with mine account, I
must speak somewhat of the things of my father, and also of my
1 Nephi 10:2 2 For behold, it
came to pass after my father had made an end of speaking the words
of his dream, and also of exhorting them to all diligence, he spake
unto them concerning the Jews—
1 Nephi 10:3 3 That after they
should be destroyed, even that great city Jerusalem, and many be
carried away captive into Babylon, according to the own due time of
the Lord, they should return again, yea, even be brought back out
of captivity; and after they should be brought back out of
captivity they should possess again the land of their
1 Nephi 10:4 4 Yea, even six
hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a
prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews—even a Messiah,
or, in other words, a Savior of the world.
1 Nephi 10:5 5 And he also spake
concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these
things, concerning this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this
Redeemer of the world.
1 Nephi 10:6 6 Wherefore, all
mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be
save they should rely on this Redeemer.
1 Nephi 10:7 7 And he spake also
concerning a prophet who should come before the Messiah, to prepare
the way of the Lord—
1 Nephi 10:8 8 Yea, even he
should go forth and cry in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of
the Lord, and make his paths straight; for there standeth one among
you whom ye know not; and he is mightier than I, whose shoe's
latchet I am not worthy to unloose. And much spake my father
concerning this thing.
1 Nephi 10:9 9 And my father said
he should baptize in Bethabara, beyond Jordan; and he also said he
should baptize with water; even that he should baptize the Messiah
1 Nephi 10:10 10 And after he had
baptized the Messiah with water, he should behold and bear record
that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who should take away the sins
of the world.
1 Nephi 10:11 11 And it came to
pass after my father had spoken these words he spake unto my
brethren concerning the gospel which should be preached among the
Jews, and also concerning the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief.
And after they had slain the Messiah, who should come, and after he
had been slain he should rise from the dead, and should make
himself manifest, by the Holy Ghost, unto the Gentiles.
1 Nephi 10:12 12 Yea, even my
father spake much concerning the Gentiles, and also concerning the
house of Israel, that they should be compared like unto an
olive-tree, whose branches should be broken off and should be
scattered upon all the face of the earth.
1 Nephi 10:13 13 Wherefore, he
said it must needs be that we should be led with one accord into
the land of promise, unto the fulfilling of the word of the Lord,
that we should be scattered upon all the face of the earth.
1 Nephi 10:14 14 And after the
house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered
together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the
fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive-tree, or
the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come
to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their
1 Nephi 10:15 15 And after this
manner of language did my father prophesy and speak unto my
brethren, and also many more things which I do not write in this
book; for I have written as many of them as were expedient for me
in mine other book.
1 Nephi 10:16 16 And all these
things, of which I have spoken, were done as my father dwelt in a
tent, in the valley of Lemuel.
1 Nephi 10:17 17 And it came to
pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father,
concerning the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things
which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he
received by faith on the Son of God—and the Son of God was the
Messiah who should come—I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might
see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy
Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek
him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest
himself unto the children of men.
1 Nephi 10:18 18 For he is the
same yesterday, to-day, and forever; and the way is prepared for
all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they
repent and come unto him.
1 Nephi 10:19 19 For he that
diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be
unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in
these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in
times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal
1 Nephi 10:20 20 Therefore
remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into
1 Nephi 10:21 21 Wherefore, if ye
have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye
are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean
thing can dwell with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off
1 Nephi 10:22 22 And the Holy
Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things, and deny
1 Nephi 11 Chapter 11
1 Nephi 11:1 1 For it came to
pass after I had desired to know the things that my father had
seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto
me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the
Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain, which I
never had before seen, and upon which I never had before set my
1 Nephi 11:2 2 And the Spirit
said unto me: Behold, what desirest thou?
1 Nephi 11:3 3 And I said: I
desire to behold the things which my father saw.
1 Nephi 11:4 4 And the Spirit
said unto me: Believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which
he hath spoken?
1 Nephi 11:5 5 And I said: Yea,
thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father.
1 Nephi 11:6 6 And when I had
spoken these words, the Spirit cried with a loud voice, saying:
Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God over all the
earth, yea, even above all. And blessed art thou, Nephi, because
thou believest in the Son of the most high God; wherefore, thou
shalt behold the things which thou hast desired.
1 Nephi 11:7 7 And behold this
thing shall be given unto thee for a sign, that after thou hast
beheld the tree which bore the fruit which thy father tasted, thou
shalt also behold a man descending out of heaven, and him shall ye
witness; and after ye have witnessed him ye shall bear record that
it is the Son of God.
1 Nephi 11:8 8 And it came to
pass that the Spirit said unto me: Look! And I looked and beheld a
tree; and it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; and
the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty;
and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven
1 Nephi 11:9 9 And it came to
pass after I had seen the tree, I said unto the Spirit: I behold
thou hast shown unto me the tree which is precious above all.
1 Nephi 11:10 10 And he said unto
me: What desirest thou?
1 Nephi 11:11 11 And I said unto
him: To know the interpretation thereof—for I spake unto him as a
man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet
nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he
spake unto me as a man speaketh with another.
1 Nephi 11:12 12 And it came to
pass that he said unto me: Look! And I looked as if to look upon
him, and I saw him not; for he had gone from before my
1 Nephi 11:13 13 And it came to
pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also
other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of
Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and
1 Nephi 11:14 14 And it came to
pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood
before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou?
1 Nephi 11:15 15 And I said unto
him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other
1 Nephi 11:16 16 And he said unto
me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?
1 Nephi 11:17 17 And I said unto
him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not
know the meaning of all things.
1 Nephi 11:18 18 And he said unto
me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of
God, after the manner of the flesh.
1 Nephi 11:19 19 And it came to
pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and
after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a
time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
1 Nephi 11:20 20 And I looked and
beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
1 Nephi 11:21 21 And the angel
said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the
Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy
1 Nephi 11:22 22 And I answered
him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself
abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the
most desirable above all things.
1 Nephi 11:23 23 And he spake
unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.
1 Nephi 11:24 24 And after he had
said these words, he said unto me: Look! And I looked, and I beheld
the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw
many fall down at his feet and worship him.
1 Nephi 11:25 25 And it came to
pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen,
was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or
to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love
of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a
representation of the love of God.
1 Nephi 11:26 26 And the angel
said unto me again: Look and behold the condescension of God!
1 Nephi 11:27 27 And I looked and
beheld the Redeemer of the world, of whom my father had spoken; and
I also beheld the prophet who should prepare the way before him.
And the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him; and after
he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come
down out of heaven and abide upon him in the form of a dove.
1 Nephi 11:28 28 And I beheld
that he went forth ministering unto the people, in power and great
glory; and the multitudes were gathered together to hear him; and I
beheld that they cast him out from among them.
1 Nephi 11:29 29 And I also
beheld twelve others following him. And it came to pass that they
were carried away in the Spirit from before my face, and I saw them
1 Nephi 11:30 30 And it came to
pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I
looked, and I beheld the heavens open again, and I saw angels
descending upon the children of men; and they did minister unto
1 Nephi 11:31 31 And he spake
unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Lamb of
God going forth among the children of men. And I beheld multitudes
of people who were sick, and who were afflicted with all manner of
diseases, and with devils and unclean spirits; and the angel spake
and showed all these things unto me. And they were healed by the
power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits
were cast out.
1 Nephi 11:32 32 And it came to
pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked
and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the people; yea,
the Son of the everlasting God was judged of the world; and I saw
and bear record.
1 Nephi 11:33 33 And I, Nephi,
saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of
1 Nephi 11:34 34 And after he was
slain I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered
together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were
the twelve called by the angel of the Lord.
1 Nephi 11:35 35 And the
multitude of the earth was gathered together; and I beheld that
they were in a large and spacious building, like unto the building
which my father saw. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again,
saying: Behold the world and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold the
house of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve
apostles of the Lamb.
1 Nephi 11:36 36 And it came to
pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious
building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall
thereof was exceedingly great. And the angel of the Lord spake unto
me again, saying: Thus shall be the destruction of all nations,
kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve
apostles of the Lamb.
1 Nephi 12 Chapter 12
1 Nephi 12:1 1 And it came to
pass that the angel said unto me: Look, and behold thy seed, and
also the seed of thy brethren. And I looked and beheld the land of
promise; and I beheld multitudes of people, yea, even as it were in
number as many as the sand of the sea.
1 Nephi 12:2 2 And it came to
pass that I beheld multitudes gathered together to battle, one
against the other; and I beheld wars, and rumors of wars, and great
slaughters with the sword among my people.
1 Nephi 12:3 3 And it came to
pass that I beheld many generations pass away, after the manner of
wars and contentions in the land; and I beheld many cities, yea,
even that I did not number them.
1 Nephi 12:4 4 And it came to
pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the land of
promise; and I saw lightnings, and I heard thunderings, and
earthquakes, and all manner of tumultuous noises; and I saw the
earth and the rocks, that they rent; and I saw mountains tumbling
into pieces; and I saw the plains of the earth, that they were
broken up; and I saw many cities that they were sunk; and I saw
many that they were burned with fire; and I saw many that did
tumble to the earth, because of the quaking thereof.
1 Nephi 12:5 5 And it came to
pass after I saw these things, I saw the vapor of darkness, that it
passed from off the face of the earth; and behold, I saw multitudes
who had not fallen because of the great and terrible judgments of
1 Nephi 12:6 6 And I saw the
heavens open, and the Lamb of God descending out of heaven; and he
came down and showed himself unto them.
1 Nephi 12:7 7 And I also saw and
bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others; and they
were ordained of God, and chosen.
1 Nephi 12:8 8 And the angel
spake unto me, saying: Behold the twelve disciples of the Lamb, who
are chosen to minister unto thy seed.
1 Nephi 12:9 9 And he said unto
me: Thou rememberest the twelve apostles of the Lamb? Behold they
are they who shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore,
the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be judged of them; for ye
are of the house of Israel.