THE FIRST BOOK OF NEPHI
HIS REIGN AND MINISTRY
Nephi sees in vision: the church of the devil set up among the Gentiles; the discovery and colonizing of America; the loss of many plain and precious parts of the Bible; the resultant state of gentile apostasy; the restoration of the gospel, the coming forth of latter-day scripture, and the building up of Zion. Between 600 and 592 B.C.
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld many nations and kingdoms.
And the angel said unto me: What beholdest thou? And I said: I behold many anations
And he said unto me: These are the nations and kingdoms of the Gentiles.
And it came to pass that I saw among the nations of the aGentiles
the formation of a bgreat
And the angel said unto me: Behold the formation of a achurch
which is most abominable above all other churches, which bslayeth
the saints of God, yea, and tortureth them and bindeth them down, and yoketh them with a cyoke
of iron, and bringeth them down into captivity.
And it came to pass that I beheld this agreat
church; and I saw the cdevil
that he was the founder of it.
And I also saw agold
, and silver, and silks, and scarlets, and fine-twined blinen
, and all manner of precious clothing; and I saw many harlots.
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the adesires
of this great and abominable church.
And also for the apraise
of the world do they bdestroy
the saints of God, and bring them down into captivity.
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld many waters; and they divided the Gentiles from the seed of my brethren.
And it came to pass that the angel said unto me: Behold the wrath of God is upon the seed of thy brethren.
And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and awrought
upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.
And it came to pass that I beheld the Spirit of God, that it wrought upon other Gentiles; and they went forth out of captivity, upon the many waters.
And it came to pass that I beheld many amultitudes
of the Gentiles upon the bland
of promise; and I beheld the wrath of God, that it was upon the seed of my brethren; and they were cscattered
before the Gentiles and were smitten.
And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did prosper and aobtain
for their inheritance; and I beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and cbeautiful
, like unto my people before they were dslain
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles who had gone forth out of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was awith
And I beheld that their mother Gentiles were gathered together upon the waters, and upon the land also, to battle against them.
And I beheld that the power of God was with them, and also that the wrath of God was upon all those that were gathered together aagainst
them to battle.
And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone out of captivity were adelivered
by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that they did prosper in the land; and I beheld a abook
, and it was carried forth among them.
And the angel said unto me: Knowest thou the meaning of the book?
And I said unto him: I know not.
And he said: Behold it proceedeth out of the mouth of a Jew. And I, Nephi, beheld it; and he said unto me: The abook
that thou beholdest is a brecord
of the cJews
, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets; and it is a record like unto the engravings which are upon the dplates
of brass, save there are not so many; nevertheless, they contain the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; wherefore, they are of great worth unto the Gentiles.
And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the abook
proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.
Wherefore, these things go forth from the aJews
in purity unto the bGentiles
, according to the truth which is in God.
And after they go forth by the ahand
of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews bunto
the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that cgreat
and abominable dchurch
, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have etaken
away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are fplain
and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.
And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men.
Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and aprecious
things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.
And after these plain and precious things were ataken
away it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles; and after it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles, yea, even across the many waters which thou hast seen with the Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity, thou seest—because of the many plain and precious things which have been taken out of the book, which were plain unto the understanding of the children of men, according to the plainness which is in the Lamb of God—because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them.
Nevertheless, thou beholdest that the Gentiles who have gone forth out of captivity, and have been lifted up by the power of God above all other nations, upon the face of the land which is choice above all other lands, which is the land that the Lord God hath covenanted with thy father that his seed should have for the aland
of their inheritance; wherefore, thou seest that the Lord God will not suffer that the Gentiles will utterly destroy the bmixture
of thy cseed
, which are among thy brethren.
Neither will he suffer that the Gentiles shall adestroy
the seed of thy brethren.
Neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful state of blindness, which thou beholdest they are in, because of the plain and most precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that aabominable
church, whose formation thou hast seen.
Wherefore saith the Lamb of God: I will be amerciful
unto the Gentiles, unto the visiting of the remnant of the house of Israel in great judgment.
And it came to pass that the angel of the Lord spake unto me, saying: Behold, saith the Lamb of God, after I have avisited
of the house of Israel—and this remnant of whom I speak is the seed of thy father—wherefore, after I have visited them in judgment, and smitten them by the hand of the Gentiles, and after the Gentiles do cstumble
exceedingly, because of the most plain and precious parts of the dgospel
of the Lamb which have been kept back by that abominable church, which is the mother of harlots, saith the Lamb—I will be merciful unto the eGentiles
in that day, insomuch that I will fbring
forth unto them, in mine own power, much of my ggospel
, which shall be plain and precious, saith the Lamb.
For, behold, saith the Lamb: I will manifest myself unto thy seed, that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them, which shall be plain and precious; and after thy seed shall be destroyed, and dwindle in unbelief, and also the seed of thy brethren, behold, athese
things shall be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the Lamb.
And in them shall be written my agospel
, saith the Lamb, and my brock
and my salvation.
are they who shall seek to bring forth my bZion
at that day, for they shall have the cgift
and the dpower
of the Holy Ghost; and if they eendure
unto the end they shall be flifted
up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting gkingdom
of the Lamb; and whoso shall hpublish
peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.
And it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the abook
of the Lamb of God, which had proceeded forth from the mouth of the Jew, that it came forth from the Gentiles bunto
the remnant of the seed of my brethren.
And after it had come forth unto them I beheld aother bbooks
, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the cconvincing
of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are dtrue
And the angel spake unto me, saying: These alast
records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall bestablish
the truth of the cfirst
, which are of the dtwelve
apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the eSavior
of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.
And they must come according to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made known in the records of thy seed, as well as in the arecords
of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; wherefore they both shall be established in bone
; for there is cone
God and one dShepherd
over all the earth.
And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto the aJews
and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles and also unto the Jews, and the blast
shall be first, and the cfirst
shall be last.