1 And now I, Nephi, proceed to give an account upon these plates of my proceedings,
and my reign and ministry; wherefore, to proceed with mine account, I must speak
somewhat of the things of my father, and also of my brethren.
2 For behold, it came to pass after my father had made an end of speaking the words
of his dream, and also of exhorting them to all diligence, he spake unto them concerning
the Jews --
3 That after they should be destroyed, even that great city Jerusalem, and many be
carried away captive into Babylon, according to the own due time of the Lord, they
should return again, yea, even be brought back out of captivity; and after they should
be brought back out of captivity they should possess again the land of their inheritance.
4 Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet
would the Lord God raise up among the Jews -- even a Messiah, or, in other words,
a Savior of the world.
8 Yea, even he should go forth and cry in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the
Lord, and make his paths straight; for there standeth one among you whom ye know
not; and he is mightier than I, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
And much spake my father concerning this thing.
11 And it came to pass after my father had spoken these words he spake unto my brethren
concerning the gospel which should be preached among the Jews, and also concerning
the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief. And after they had slain the Messiah, who
should come, and after he had been slain he should rise from the dead, and should
make himself manifest, by the Holy Ghost, unto the Gentiles.
12 Yea, even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles, and also concerning the
house of Israel, that they should be compared like unto an olive-tree, whose branches
should be broken off and should be scattered upon all the face of the earth.
13 Wherefore, he said it must needs be that we should be led with one accord into
the land of promise, unto the fulfilling of the word of the Lord, that we should
be scattered upon all the face of the earth.
14 And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together
again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the
natural branches of the olive-tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should
be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their
15 And after this manner of language did my father prophesy and speak unto my brethren,
and also many more things which I do not write in this book; for I have written as
many of them as were expedient for me in mine other book.
16 And all these things, of which I have spoken, were done as my father dwelt in
a tent, in the valley of Lemuel.
17 And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, concerning
the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things which he spake by the power
of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of God -- and the
Son of God was the Messiah who should come -- I, Nephi, was desirous also that I
might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which
is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old
as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.
19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded
unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of
old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the
Lord is one eternal round.
21 Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then
ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell
with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off forever.