Lehi and his people sailed to the American continent. There, Nephi fulfilled a commandment
to create records of his people by refining ore and producing metallic plates. He
then inscribed his own account on the plates.
The inclusion of a blacksmith's tools and forge show Christensen's keen observation
of his own environment. The large building in the background looks like a palace
from the Italian Rennaisance, strangely out of place in the New World hundreds of
years before Christ. No doubt Christensen was prompted by his familiarity with the
European tradition of idealized landscapes of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.