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I Nephi 1:1
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THE  FIRST  BOOK  OF
NEPHI
His Reign & Ministry
 

    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 Jerusa-
    lem 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 returns 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 rebelleth 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, etc.
This is according to the account of Nephi; or in other
    words, I, Nephi, wrote this record.

 
 
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;
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;
2    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.
 
3    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 prophesy-
    ing unto the people that they must repent or that great
    City Jerusalem must be destroyed;
4    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.
5    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 exceedingly.
6    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;
7    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.
8    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 noonday;

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