You have to know that it is true. In all of this, we see the love and omniscience of God. In answer, he receives a vision of “a virgin, . man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he He is then taken back across the ocean and he goes back to Jerusalem. Nephi saw Jesus casting out evil spirits. He is called the Son because of Nephi, who lived under and respected the Law of Moses, would have been particularly concerned about what would be done to purify or deal with the impurities that are natural consequences of sinful behavior or even unconsciously coming into contact with anything that was impure. Even though the sword is not mentioned anywhere in accounts of Lehi’s visions (maybe it was present in the lost Book of Lehi on the 116 pages), the sword, in any event, would surely have been there in Lehi’s understanding of God’s justice. The Plan of Salvation. 32 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, Nephi’s vision closely builds on his father’s visions in 1 Nephi 1 and also his father’s dream of the Tree of Life in 1 Nephi 8, as one should expect it to. Remember that Nephi was shown this vision hundreds of years before Christ was born, before the events of the New Testament, and certainly before those plain and precious things would be lost over the centuries after Christ’s death. “What desirest thou?” Have you ever noticed in the New Testament, when the Lord is about to heal someone, He will ask them first what it is that they want from Him? But in the ancient world, there were no blindfolds associated with the idea of justice. Take time to really find ones to connect and see what we are being taught in this week's reading. spake unto me as a man speaketh with another. Chapter 12 contains a portion of the vision which deals with the … Q—How many personages are there in the Godhead? Jesus was even willing to deal with wicked, evil spirits. It can be seen as a kind of Sacred Grove or Sacred Mountain experience for him. and I beheld that they were in a large and spacious building, like unto the We are allotted a particular responsibility, and then we must trust that the Lord will call another to finish the task. 8 And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me: Look! me again, saying: Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, the fall thereof was exceedingly great. 1 Nephi 16. Nephi wrote chapter 14 with an apocalyptic view, which pertains to the end times and shows how things are going to conclude. With the foundation missing, the text and doctrine that was left needed to be justified and explained. The central point of a chiasm usually contains its most important or pivotal concept. What we lack, more often than not, is the understanding of how to get from where we are now to where we want to be. The original translation of the title did not include the word "first". It is thus significant that chapter 11—the center point of First Nephi and its chiastic structure—contains Nephi’s vision of the coming of the Lord, of the tree of life, of the iron rod, and the relation of various groups to the Tree of Life, which Nephi understands is a representation of the love of God as manifested by Jesus. If you have been brought here by the Lord, then I can show these to you.” The text then has about six or seven paragraphs of what was read and what Zosimus was taught. Jesus was born as a baby, just like everyone else. And I looked, and I beheld the heavens open again, and I saw In reading 2 Nephi 28, look back to what Nephi learned in 1 Nephi 12–14 about Satan’s tactics. Now you can just imagine: there I was in Charlesworth’s class as he was talking about this recently discovered record from around the time of Christ. Book of Mormon Central, “Are There Really Only Two Churches? One British archeologist who was digging in Egypt in 1905, looking for gold and mummies, found a mummified crocodile (the Egyptians buried crocodiles) and then another crocodile, and another crocodile. This was one of Elder Maxwell’s favorite verses. 1 Nephi 13. it is the most desirable above all things. Then, a man walks up to him and says, “Zosimus, what are you doing here? It may well be that as he pondered on his father’s visions and dreams, Nephi wanted to get away from the group’s base camp, and so he went into a nearby mountain or high place. 6 And when I had spoken these words, the Spirit cried with As we develop that attitude—the attitude of “please help me understand something about the gospel better”—we will have more light to live by, more light to help us understand pros and cons. 9 And it came to pass after I had seen the tree, I said Later, he said, “Jack, I thought you were levitating.” I replied, “Well, this may sound strange to you, but it sounded very familiar to me.” I quickly mentioned just a few of the ways the Narrative of Zosimus seemed to be a cousin to 1 Nephi. This printable kit will help you study and teach about Nephi’s vision and a bonus History of the Bible Flip Book. 1 Nephi Chapter 11 « Previous Next » Book of Mormon Annotations; Chapter 11 .   “The Father being a personage of spirit, glory, and power, In this class, we were charged with reading a certain text. 17:3), Nephi bound with cords on the ship (18:11–16, 20–21), Lehi’s group arrives at the Promised Land (18:23–25), Nephi prophesies concerning the fate of the Jews and concerning the mercy of the Lord unto the afflicted (chapters 19–22). Nephi's vision, thus far, has been about events which happen in Jerusalem. ( 1 Nephi 13:26–29, 35–36, 40) There are 2 pages are journal pages to write or draw some of the things you discuss. Later, they 1) saw an angel of the Lord, 2) were again confounded by Nephi when he was filled with the Spirit, 3) were led across the waters by the Liahona, and 4) they received a witness that the Liahona would work only if they were righteous. It was common for Jesus to go to the mountains and there to pray and receive transfiguring manifestations. And the angel of the Lord spake unto . Such a division is, in essence, the way in which ancient people thought of justice. “We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us” (v. 9). Nephi said that his father Lehi saw the “justice of God.” When did Lehi see the justice of God? Nephi was encountered by the Holy Ghost and subsequently interviewed by Him. We should not overstep our bounds. Yet I believe that verse 14 is the most hopeful verse from Nephi’s vision. There’s a wonderful concluding section at the end of chapter 15, in which Nephi wrote about justice and how we will all stand to be judged according to our works and be rewarded with eternal blessings. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999. That is what will sustain us.   the Holy Spirit that bears record of the Father and the Son.” . (1 Nephi 13:39),” KnoWhy 376 (October 26, 2017). The class was now in an uproar. and white. The Book of Mormon prophets refer to this great event in many more passages. And I Nephi introduced these four stages in 1 Nephi 11–14. But often, the words of the Bible remained, but their meanings were shifted. . There may be more than 16 million people who are members of the Church today, and we are happy for it. 1 Nephi 11-15 Study and Teaching Helps for all ages. We left Jerusalem at the time it was about to be destroyed by the Babylonians. He holds onto that branch firmly and the tree transports him across the ocean and sets him down in a lovely, beautiful place beneath a tree. Later, when I met with Charlesworth in his office, he said, “I am beginning to understand why you are so drawn to these texts that I am interested in.” I replied, “Yes, and also because we have a prophecy in the Book of Mormon that says that other books would come forth.” “Really? Not just the love of God in an abstract way, but the love of God who condescended and came down into this world that He might die for us. space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! . Figure 2 Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. About 600–592 B.C. We have been keeping our records, and we have been told that someday these records will go back to Jerusalem. Charlesworth jumped up and retrieved his copy of the Book of Mormon which was high on a high shelf, blew off the dust, and opened it up. Nephi saw, learned, and explained what his father had seen, revealed, and boldly testified. By Objective Measures: Old Wine into Old Bottles. possessing all perfection and fulness. There was a tender mercy for Nephi in this experience, for him to see what would be lost and to understand the scope of what he and his posterity must do. In 1 Nephi 8:10, Lehi sees a tree whose fruit is “desirable.” Nephi similarly describes the Tree of Life as a representation of the “love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things” (1 Nephi 11:22). and I beheld the Lamb of God going forth among the children of men. How could they possibly not understand that they could ask the Lord and receive the information they needed? Even after all that, revelations will yet continue in Nephi’s life, and so will it be with you. beheld multitudes of people who were sick, and who were afflicted words of my father. which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, 1 Ne 12 Nephi switches continents. “A Comparison of Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision.” In Charting the Book of Mormon. saying: Look! This answer probably left Nephi utterly flabbergasted. How do you deal with the fact that you do not know as much as you would like to know? Do you feel his compassion, his empathy and his grief in all the things that he sees? 14 And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an But perhaps all that Lehi saw in vision or in dream was a depiction of God’s justice— the way in which God will separate the righteous from the wicked. Knowest thou the meaning of the . Nephi knew the Enemy of all Righteous both by his vision and by his own experiences in life (See Figure 4). And they were healed Later, Lehi sees that Laman and Lemuel will not come to partake of the fruit. Moreover, there were a lot of things burned in the dump. 13. of demonic possession in the LDS Church. The gospel—the basic principles of the gospel were lost first: “they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious” (1 Nephi 13:26). It clearly sees the future of the world, commencing from Nephi’s moment in time, in four major stages: Stage 1 foresees the coming to earth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God (Found in 1 Nephi 11). the flesh . He cannot move. The book was written around 600 B.C. Somehow, the scales end in equilibrium. Why? He then arrives at the banks of a big ocean or river. Some defend the original version as not contradicting current Mormon godhead them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the It is a big building filled with a large crowd. (1 Nephi 12:18),” KnoWhy 14 (January 19, 2016). 23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous Zosimus is exuberant and joyous that he now has accomplished his mission. 14. Lehi goes on to see the head of a river. (vv. it is the Son of God. 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 … I spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a Justice divides the sheep from the goats. Lamb. So it is not for us to say who will ultimately be in one group or the other. In the modern world, we also see justice as being blind. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999. (1 Ne 11:13,20-21) The Book of Mormon teaches that other Old Testament-era prophets were just as plain in their descriptions of the Messiah. What symbol do we often use to depict justice? Now, in the midst of this grand vision, he learned a little more about the reasons for keeping a record of sacred things. The Lord directed Nephi to record the vision up to a point. 1 Ne 11-15 Nephi's version of the vision of the tree of life These five chapters describe what Nephi saw in vision when he asked the Lord to show him the things his father saw. .   There is a lot to be learned just from how this vision unfolds. print two for a match game or print one set and hide them around the room. What Were the ‘Other Records’ Nephi Saw in Vision? Arnold K. Garr (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992). 1 Nephi 11:4 The words “the tree of which” is the same in Genesis 3:17. 27 And I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world, of and slain for the sins of the world. 14. whom my father had spoken; and I also beheld the prophet who should prepare beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow. Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye, “How Nephi and the Tree of Life can help you make sense of the Book of Revelation,” Book of Mormon Central (Blog), December 10, 2019. And it and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair Nephi was shown the doings of Satan many times throughout his vision. At this point, please review the commentary on the Vision of the Tree of Life in 1 Nephi chapter 8. to the soul. which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of building which my father saw. I had mentioned the Book of Mormon on several occasions before in this class which had always been received with mocking and scorn. (1 Nephi 13:39), Charlesworth looked at that and asked, “When was this written?” I said, “Let’s see, that would have been about 550–540 BC.” He said, “No, no, remind me, when was this published? Nephi later bore record that he indeed “saw the things which [his] father saw” (1 Nephi 14:29). (1 Nephi 14:10),” KnoWhy 16 (January 21, 2016). over all the earth, yea, even above all. There is no way the Zosimus text was known to anyone before then.”. 1 Nephi 5. How would this happen? . Book of Mormon Central, “How Are Rod and Sword Connected to the Word of God? Why Do the Scriptures Compare Hell to an Unquenchable Fire? People were either under the tree or they were heading to or living it up in the great and spacious building. thou seest is the mother of God.” There is a man dressed in a white robe leading Lehi (1 Nephi 8:5); for Nephi, this is the Spirit of the Lord who guides him (1 Nephi 11:11). That is why we put a blindfold on Lady Justice. phenomenon exists? 19 And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried . This is not to say that a human being can be considered trash. But behold, I say unto you, the kingdom of God is not filthy, and there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God; wherefore there must needs be a place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy. and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come That was what Nephi saw and described. ” (1 Nephi 11:1). Book of Mormon Central, “What Vision Guides Nephi’s Choice of Isaiah Chapters? “Four Stages of the Nephite Prophetic View.” In Charting the Book of Mormon. An attentive reader will see how aspects of Lehi’s vision are repeated and amplified in Nephi’s vision. We disagree on what the consequences might be if we employ “Method A” or “Method B.” Laman and Lemuel likely wanted a similar outcome as Nephi and Lehi—to inherit a good land, to have security in their families, and to live successful lives. Stage 2 laments the rejection of Christ by most of the people He lived with, visited, and taught, resulting in their being scattered (Found in 1 Nephi 12). When they said, “the Lord does not reveal those things to us,” it’s not that they necessarily thought He wouldn’t reveal those things to them at all, but maybe they did not see themselves as recipients of revelation. He turned to the Lord to inquire as to the meaning of the things his father had seen. This same sequence will be repeated by Nephi in 1 Nephi 19–22 (See Figure 1). Nephi sees Jesus teaching his people, and his rejection. ... 11 And the angel said unto me: Look! “What better way to emphasize God’s love than by drawing attention to Christ’s mother, who by the very meaning of her name was love personified and who brought forth the most desirable gift of God? Justice stood with eyes wide open. The Doctrine of God the Father in the Book of Mormon. earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Nephi may have also felt a burden. Anybody in the great and spacious building who points fingers at and mocks those who are righteous is in the great and abominable building or church. Of course the Lord would talk to Laman and Lemuel! Stage 1 foresees the coming to earth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God (Found in 1 Nephi 11). 25 And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, In the dream there was a gulf and there were mists of darkness. What did Lehi see as the great and abominable church? For example, in 1 Nephi 1:9, Lehi saw “One descending out of the midst of heaven,” and in 1 Nephi 11:15–28 Nephi learns about the “condescension of [the Son of] God” (1 Nephi 11:16, 26). It appears that by using the root meanings of Mary’s name, instead of the name itself, Nephi subtly drew attention to her divinely appointed role to bring forth and raise the Christ Child.”. . He, possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is When Nephi began his record, he knew he was inspired to write for “a wise purpose,” but he did not know the details. But be prepared to give an answer to the question: What do you desire? 1 Nephi 11-12 NOW PLAYING. (2 Nephi 11:2),” KnoWhy 38 (February 22, 2016). The church of the devil, in the apocalyptic view, is filled with those who are interested in money, power, prestige, and status. people, in power and great glory; and the multitudes were gathered together Christ. Indeed, the symbol of justice in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible is not the scales, but the sword. a loud voice, saying: Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God 1 Nephi 11:16-17 Knowest thou the condescension of God? by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were Some defend the original version as not contradicting current Mormon godhead Perhaps both. Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the He condescended to the Father’s will. This originally was written as, “Behold the Lamb of God, No. There was so much at stake. . Nephi was specific in what he asked for. At the opening of 1 Nephi 15, after Nephi returned from having his vision, he found his brothers “disputing one with another” about what Lehi had told them. A—They do . There were things left for John the Apostle to explain centuries later. During my time in law school at Duke University, I attended a class in the Duke Divinity School from James Charlesworth. While reading the Book of Mormon, one is always looking for ways to know that it is true. Father, is a personage of tabernacle . the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.” The answer to his question about the meaning of the tree lies in the virgin mother with her child. because it’s too sacred to talk about.” Could that be reconciled with the Indeed, in 1 Nephi 10:17, Nephi tells us that when he heard his father Lehi speaking about the things he had seen in his visions in 1 Nephi 1 and 8, Nephi wanted to “see, and hear, and know of these things” for himself. The Lord brought us over here to this part of the world where we have preserved the way of righteousness. Following that, Nephi saw Jesus suffer, condescending to experience not just some pain, but pain to the fullest extent. This must have been a comfort to Nephi. 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