After speaking with the Lord, I did my best to keep His commandments, and I encouraged my brothers to be faithful and diligent as well. I know, my brothers, that these destructions must soon come--even blood, fire and vapor of smoke will come upon those who harden their hearts against the Holy One of Israel. Because this book will contain the covenants that the Lord made to the house of Israel, it will be of great value to the Gentiles. This prophet will tell the people. In the last days, when this vision comes to pass--when wars begin among all Gentile nations, then the Father's work will begin, preparing the way to fulfill the covenants He made with the house of Israel.". 1 And now I, Mormon, make a arecord of the things which I have both seen and heard, and call it the bBook of Mormon. Thankfully, in Mormon’s own record about his life, readers are able to get more fully acquainted with him as a character. Those churches created to get gain and power over people, to become popular, seeking physical gratification and material possessions, will be brought down and burned. When my brothers, Ishmael's sons and our wives read the writing, they also began to tremble. The Gentiles, who were brought out of captivity and made powerful by God, will not be allowed to completely destroy your people, who will mix with your brothers' people. Even the house of Israel has gathered together to fight against the gospel of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. made of fine brass, sitting on the ground. "You know I believe all the words of my father," I replied. The angel then said, "Because of that great, abominable church, the Gentiles' Holy Bible will no longer contain many of the plain and precious things that the Book of The Lamb of God will have once contained. My father prophesied to Laman and Lemuel, "The Messiah will preach His gospel to the Jews, who will not believe Him. Their Holy Bible will first go to the nations of the Old World in Europe. Then I saw a great mist of darkness over the face of the promised land. From the fountain, the straight, narrow path led into a field, which seemed as wide as the whole world. Those of Zion will say, "The Lord has forgotten us!" I saw so many cities that I could not count them all. He blessed our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, by making covenants with them, and He remembered those covenants by bringing their descendants out of Egypt. They will whip and strike Him, and even spit on Him. 1 Pet. He then asked me, "What do you see?" "The tree represents God's love which may fill the hearts of all His children, and it is worth more than anything! If they continue in righteousness throughout their lives, they will be lifted up at the last day and saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb. Nephi's Vision of the Savior's life... He will remember all the people who are of the house of Israel and gather them together from all over the earth. The Lord's words, first spoken to Isaiah: Why will you allow yourselves to spiritually die because of your hard hearts? Now when this book first went from the Jews to the Gentiles, it contained the fullness of the gospel, of which the twelve apostles testified in all truth. For according to Isaiah, the time will come in the last days when all churches that belong to the devil's kingdom will fear and tremble as they see their destruction coming. The way of salvation has been prepared from the beginning, available to all who repent and come to Christ. The Lord knows all things and has all power to fulfill His words. We are like a natural branch, broken off an olive tree, to be planted in the promised land. After walking in this darkness for what seemed to be many hours, I began to pray to the Lord to have mercy on me according to His great and tender mercy. Then we took up our travels, heading east. He saw many drowned in the fountain of filthy water and many lost on strange paths. ", Then they fell down before me, about to worship me, but I told them, "I'm your younger brother. Then you will see a Man come down from heaven. Isaiah writes about patterns that will repeat themselves in the last days. Later they asked me what the tree meant that our father saw in his dream. Lehi's dream... They will fall into the very pit dug to trap the Lord's people, for all who fight Zion will be destroyed. It was such a terrible tempest that my brothers did not know which way to steer the ship, and we were driven back for three days. Then I repeated the words of Isaiah, who wrote about the restoration of the Jews and of all the house of Israel. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 6). 3 John Jude Jude Rev. I said many more things to confound Laman and Lemuel. Sing, oh heavens, be joyful, oh earth, for the people of the east will be established. They will learn of their forefathers, and of their Redeemer's gospel, which He gave to their forefathers. I looked and saw three generations come and go. I saw many cities sink into the ocean. 2 And about the time that aAmmaron hid up the records unto the Lord, he came unto me, (I being about ten years of age, and I began to be blearned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people) and Ammaron said unto me: I perceive that thou art a csober child, and art quick to observe; 3 Therefore, when ye are about twenty and four years old I would that ye should remember the things that ye have observed concerning this people; and when ye are of that age go to the aland Antum, unto a hill which shall be called bShim; and there have I deposited unto the Lord all the sacred engravings concerning this people. Give me the strength to break these ropes.". Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel. ", Nephi's vision of his descendants... The original Book of Mormon manuscript is a long, hand-written manuscript. Their sorrow over the iniquity of my brothers and their years of affliction had brought them near death. You know that by the power of His almighty word, He can cause the earth to pass away, the mountains to become valleys, and the valleys to become mountains. The Lord will again bring all the tribes of Israel out of captivity and gather them to the their lands of inheritance. After he baptizes the Messiah he will bear record that he has baptized the Lamb of God, who will take away the sins of the world.". To many it is not, yet the Lord said, Nephi explains Isaiah's prophecies... When I finished speaking my brothers were very angry. This prophet will baptize the Messiah in Bethabara, beyond Jordan. This is why the Lord commanded my father to depart into the wilderness. It is the word of God and, like the Bible, gives us guidance and inspiration in our daily lives. This is why The Book of Mormon, a book written to warn latter-day Israel, is patterned after Isaiah's writings. Anyone who does not belong to the church of the Lamb of God belongs to the church of the devil--that great church, the mother of all abominations, even the whore of all the earth.". I have called and raised him up to prophesy, and he will fulfill his calling well. Whoever touches me will wither as a dried reed in the sun, and be nothing before God, who will smite him!". They will also know how to come to their Redeemer and be saved. Isaiah prophesied about those who have been led away, and about those who would be scattered and hated (the Jews) among all nations for hardening their hearts against the Holy One of Israel. By the end of that day, our ship was about to be swallowed up in the depths of the raging sea, and my brothers began to realize that God's judgments were upon them--that unless they repented, they would die, so they untied me. Then we packed our tents and crossed the river that my father had named Laman. For Isaiah said. Mormon 1: Ammaron instructs Mormon concerning the sacred records—War commences between the Nephites and the Lamanites—The Three Nephites are taken away—Wickedness, unbelief, sorceries, and witchcraft prevail.About A.D. 321–26. to his great astonishment he saw a ball of strange workmanship, We traveled for many days, hunting food along the way with our bows and arrows, stones and slings. Because the way to be healed was so simple, many would not look up, and they died. This means He will fulfill His covenants with power as He brings His gospel to all the tribes of Israel. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 22), After I, Nephi, read some of Isaiah's words from the brass plates to my brothers, they asked me, "What does all this mean? I looked and saw the Redeemer of the world, and the prophet who would prepare the way before Him. I give my witness that everything I have written is true. Before this, I had not made many fires because of the Lord's command, for He had said. 9 Now the aLamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites were called Lamanites, and the two parties were Nephites and Lamanites. ", I saw her carried away in the Spirit. Then the angel said, "Look and witness the condescension of God!". While living in a tent in the valley of Lemuel, my father saw, heard and spoke all these things, and many more things which cannot be written on these plates. After traveling in a south-southeastern direction for four days, we set up camp in a place we called Shazer. The Lord will surely prepare a way for His people--fulfilling the words of Moses, who said. God's kingdom will not be made filthy, and no unclean thing can enter it, so there is another kingdom prepared for those who are filthy. Where have these children been while I was left alone?". After this true, pure book went from the twelve apostles, or Jews, to the Gentiles, you saw the formation of that great, abominable church, which is the most abominable of all the churches. After He was baptized, I saw the heavens open and the Holy Ghost come down upon Him in the form of a dove. I said, "If God commanded me to do anything, I could do it. In this field, I saw numberless people from different levels, coming down into the field. Because of their humility, the Lord's power was with them. We found cows, oxen, donkeys, horses, goats and all kinds of wild animals useful to us. If His children keep His commandments, He will feed and strengthen them so they may accomplish His commands, for the Lord fed us while we traveled in the wilderness. The Book of Mormon, Journal Editions can help with both your daily study and your journaling efforts. They rebelled against Sam and me, and against Ishmael, his wife and their three other daughters. And the angel said, "These remaining people will falter in unbelief." Even now there are many tribes not known to the people in Jerusalem, for most of them have been led away. These words of Isaiah are both temporal and spiritual, for sooner or later, the house of Israel will be scattered among all nations. I told them our father saw God's justice, which also divided the wicked from the righteous. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 14). In this field, I saw a tree. I did as the Lord said, and after He shook them they said, "Nephi, we know for sure the Lord is with you, and that His power has shaken us. And in this place, Ishmael died, after which he was buried in a place called Nahom. We gathered our provisions that the Lord had given us, and the rest of the things we needed for our journey, including all types of seeds. God and one Shepherd over all the earth. We went upon the land and pitched our tents. The rocks of the earth will break up, and because of the groaning of the earth, the Spirit of God will come upon many kings on other continents, who will exclaim, 'The God of nature suffers. But the Lord has shown mercy on me. "Come near me, for I have spoken openly from the beginning--from my first declaration. The mist of darkness that covers the straight path, and the whole earth, represents the devil's temptations. The time soon comes when the righteous must be protected and nourished as helpless calves, and the Holy One of Israel must reign in dominion, might, power and great glory. Nephi explains Lehi's prophecies... Episode one illustrates the first two chapters of the Book of Mormon, set around 600 BC in Jerusalem. You did not hear or know of these things before they were revealed to you, for I knew you would be a treacherous people, born into a sinful state. sail across the First, you will see the tree that bore the fruit your father tasted. I read many things to them written by Moses, and especially by Isaiah, to persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer. My brothers worshipped the Lord and helped me build the ship. I write these things to all the house of Israel, that my record might come to them as well. The Book of Mormon Chapter 1 Ammaron instructs Mormon concerning the sacred records—War commences between the Nephites and the Lamanites—The Three Nephites are taken away—Wickedness, unbelief, sorceries, and witchcraft prevail. The joining again of the natural branch to the olive tree is compared to our people who will receive the fullness of the gospel in the last days. I am so full of the Spirit of God that it consumes my strength!". Mormon Ether Ether Moro. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 21) All nations that make war with the house of Israel will make war with one another. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 15). I looked and saw the virgin holding a child in her arms. The Lord esteems all people equally, yet He favors the righteous. After sailing for many days, we joyfully arrived at the promised land and gave great thanks to God. I, Nephi, am forbidden to write what I later saw and heard. I followed but soon found myself in a dark, dreary wasteland. Helaman 3 Ne. “What the Book of Mormon Is (Concluded).” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. We plowed the land and planted the seeds we had brought from Jerusalem. With a voice of singing, declare to the ends of the earth that the Lord has redeemed all the house of Israel! I explained that it came from a fountain of filthy water, which represents the devil's temptations. All of Ishmael's family agreed to travel with us to my father's camp in the wilderness. but He will show that He has not. Lehi prophesies of the Messiah... 31:1-9). 2 Peter 1 Jn. 15 And I, being afifteen years of age and being somewhat of a bsober mind, therefore I was cvisited of the Lord, and dtasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus. The Lord has made my words strong, but as I was growing up, He refined me in obscurity. Note: Nephi prayed for strength to break the ropes, but rather the ropes loosened themselves and fell off. You know the children of Israel were in bondage and were given many hard tasks as slaves, and so you know it was good for them to be led out of bondage. The prophecy of the Lord's hand being lifted up to the Gentiles, and of the Gentiles taking care of the children of those who are scattered, is a temporal prophecy, for the Lord's covenants with our forefathers are temporal. Also because of this covenant, the Lord will not allow the Gentiles to remain in their awful state of blindness to the true gospel, which you see they are in because of their incomplete Bible, distorted by that abominable church.". Then I saw multitudes gathered again to war. Upon arriving in the valley of Lemuel, my father and Ishmael gave thanks to the Lord their God and offered burnt sacrifices to Him. great ocean. By Alex Balinski Blog LDS August 1, 2018 The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. Apply Isaiah's words to your lives so that you may have hope in your Redeemer along with the rest of the house of Israel. I told him what I saw, and he told me these were the Gentile nations and kingdoms. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 18). Then they asked what the river meant. No, they would not have been. It will also contain many prophecies of the holy prophets, like those engraved on the brass plates, but not as many. They will receive strength and nourishment from the natural tree again -- the true vine, and come into God's true fold. All these things were said and done as my father lived in his tent in the valley he had named Lemuel. I, Nephi, made bellows from animal skins to blow a fire. They were white, very fair and beautiful, like my people had been before they were all killed. Those who had been walking on it could no longer see, and they wandered off the path and became lost. Then I saw multitudes of Gentiles upon the promised land. But in spite of my brothers, the Lord was with us all. After my father finished telling us all about his dream, and after warning Laman and Lemuel, he spoke about the Jews: We regained our strength and continued our journey again in the same direction. Then I saw an iron rod running alongside the riverbank, which led to the tree. I explained many of these things to my brothers -- about the Jews being restored to the lands of their inheritance in the last days. Is it likely for those who have been the prey of the mighty warriors--those justly captured--to be delivered? They grabbed me and tied my hands and feet, intending to leave me bound in the wilderness to be eaten by wild animals. Only after they realized they were about to die at sea did they repent and untie me. After returning from being carried away in the Spirit, I went back to my father's tent. I saw many generations of people come and go, all involved in these wars. Then all the people of the earth in every nation will see the salvation of the Lord and be blessed.". If He commanded me to say to this water, 'Be thou earth,' it would become earth! You are quick to do wrong, but slow to remember the Lord your God. Laman and Lemuel rebel again... When we finished the ship, my brothers saw that it was good--the workmanship very fine, and again they humbled themselves before the Lord. 1- First and Second Nephi [McConkie, Joseph Fielding, Millet, Robert L.] on Amazon.com. Like Mormon, at a young age Nephi becomes a prophet in his own right--he sees the Lord in a vision, thus making sure his calling and election (1 Nephi 11:7,21,27; 18:3). For if they were to live with Him, they would make His kingdom filthy. Lying on the ground tied I prayed, "Oh Lord, according to my faith in Thee, deliver me from the hands of my brothers. There I found my brothers arguing over what my father had told them. Then the Spirit cried out, "Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God, for He is God over all the earth, even above all. After all you've seen, how can you rebel against the Lord's word? Worship the Lord your God, and honor your father and mother so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God will give you. For the reason Isaiah wrote was to give us hope! Nephi is told to build a ship... Now I (Isaiah) say, give up your worldliness and flee your conspiring enemies. He will not be unloosed for a thousand years, even the millennium, and the Holy One of Israel will reign among His people. :They said, "We don't agree on what father meant when he spoke of the natural branches of the olive tree, and of the Gentiles. The large, spacious building represents the world's pride and vanity. 1- First and Second Nephi I saw many in the fourth generation pass away in righteousness. Lehi prophesies of Israel's tribes... And by the Lord's word, He destroyed the children of Israel in their rebellion, or by His word, He led and nourished them in the wilderness. If you're wicked in your mortal life, then you'll be found unclean before the judgment-seat of Christ. After praying I came out of the darkness into a large, wide field. 1 Peter 2 Pet. The Lord allowed them to do this in order to show His power and thereby fulfill His words about the wicked. I want to save room to write about the things of God. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 9). 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