THE FIRST BOOK OF NEPHI
HIS REIGN AND MINISTRY
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—They identify Lehi as a descendant of Joseph—Lehi prophesies concerning his seed and the preservation of the plates. Between 600 and 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.
For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had acomplained
against my father, telling him that he was a bvisionary
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.
And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father.
And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am a avisionary
man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a bvision
I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren.
But behold, I have aobtained
of promise, in the which things I do rejoice; yea, and I cknow
that the Lord will deliver my sons out of the hands of Laban, and bring them down again unto us in the wilderness.
And after this manner of language did my father, Lehi, acomfort
my mother, Sariah, concerning us, while we journeyed in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem, to obtain the record of the Jews.
And when we had returned to the tent of my father, behold their joy was full, and my mother was comforted.
And she spake, saying: Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath acommanded
my husband to bflee
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 caccomplish
the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. And after this manner of language did she speak.
And it came to pass that they did rejoice exceedingly, and did offer asacrifice
and burnt offerings unto the Lord; and they gave bthanks
unto the God of Israel.
And after they had given thanks unto the God of Israel, my father, Lehi, took the records which were engraven upon the aplates
of brass, and he did search them from the beginning.
And he beheld that they did contain the five abooks
of Moses, which gave an account of the creation of the world, and also of Adam and Eve, who were our first parents;
And also a arecord
of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah;
And also the prophecies of the holy prophets, from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of aZedekiah
; and also many prophecies which have been spoken by the mouth of bJeremiah
And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the aplates
of brass a bgenealogy
of his cfathers
; wherefore he knew that he was a descendant of dJoseph
; yea, even that Joseph who was the son of eJacob
, who was fsold
into Egypt, and who was gpreserved
by the hand of the Lord, that he might preserve his father, Jacob, and all his household from perishing with famine.
And they were also aled
out of captivity and out of the land of Egypt, by that same God who had preserved them.
And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers. And Laban also was a descendant of aJoseph
, wherefore he and his fathers had kept the brecords
And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit, and began to prophesy concerning his seed—
That these aplates
of brass should go forth unto all bnations
, kindreds, tongues, and people who were of his seed.
Wherefore, he said that these plates of brass should anever
perish; neither should they be dimmed any more by time. And he prophesied many things concerning his seed.
And it came to pass that thus far I and my father had kept the commandments wherewith the Lord had commanded us.
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 aworth
unto us, insomuch that we could bpreserve
the commandments of the Lord unto our children.
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.