The First Book of Nephi: His Reign and Ministry
THE FIRST BOOK OF NEPHI.
his reign and ministry.
1 Nephi, Chapter 1 [1 Nephi 1–5]
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 peo ple 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 returns to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews. The ac count of their sufferings. They take the daughters of Ish mael to wife. They take their families and depart into the wilderness. Their sufferings and afflictions in the wilder ness. The course of their travels. They come to the large waters. Nephi’s brethren rebelleth against him. He con foundeth them, and buildeth a Ship. They call the place Bountiful. They cross the large waters into the promised land, &c. This is according to the account of Nephi; or, in other words, I Nephi wrote this record.
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—never theless, 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 in the language of my procee dings in my days; yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the lan guage of the Egyptians. And I know that the record which I make, to be true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.
For it came to pass, in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father Lehi hav ing 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. [p. ]