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.
What is the origin of the name “Nephi”? (and other topics in 1 Nephi 1)
4. 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, prophesying unto the people that they
must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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
8. 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
12. And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord.
13. And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine abominations!
Yea, and many things did my father read concerning Jerusalem -- that it should be
destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; many should perish by the sword, and many
should be carried away captive into Babylon.
14. And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous
things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are
thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power,
and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth, and, because thou
art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!
15. And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God;
for his soul did rejoice, and his whole heart was filled, because of the things which
he had seen, yea, which the Lord had shown unto him.
16. And now I, Nephi, do not make a full account of the things which my father hath
written, for he hath written many things which he saw in visions and in dreams; and
he also hath written many things which he prophesied and spake unto his children,
of which I shall not make a full account.
17. But I shall make an account of my proceedings in my days. Behold, I make an
abridgment of the record of my father, upon plates which I have made with mine own
hands; wherefore, after I have abridged the record of my father then will I make
an account of mine own life.
18. Therefore, I would that ye should know, that after the Lord had shown so many
marvelous things unto my father, Lehi, yea, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem,
behold he went forth among the people, and began to prophesy and to declare unto
them concerning the things which he had both seen and heard.
19. And it came to pass that the Jews did mock him because of the things which he
testified of them; for he truly testified of their wickedness and their abominations;
and he testified that the things which he saw and heard, and also the things which
he read in the book, manifested plainly of the coming of the Messiah, and also the
redemption of the world.
20. And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as
with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they
also sought his life, that they might take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, will show
unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen,
because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.