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An Internet Tour of 1 Nephi 3

1.  And it came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with the Lord, to the tent of my father.

Speaking with the Lord

Truth Matters

2.  And it came to pass that he spake unto me, saying: Behold I have dreamed a dream, in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem.

Commentary on 1 Nephi chapter 3

Clear LDS Doctrine

3.  For behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of my forefathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass.

Gathering, Healing, and Sealing Families

Elder Bradley D. Foster (Second Quorum of the Seventy) Family Discovery Day 2015

“I believe that the first family in the Book of Mormon—Lehi’s family—has such a powerful lesson for us, one that we might not have noticed before. Lehi’s family can teach us a great deal about family records—why they’re important to the Lord and why they should be important to us.”

4.  Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brothers should go unto the house of Laban, and seek the records, and bring them down hither into the wilderness.

KnoWhy #6:  Why Does Nephi Always Go Down to the Wilderness and Up to Jerusalem?

Book of Mormon Central

5.  And now, behold thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them; but behold I have not required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord.

we soon find out that the first thing Lehi did after receiving the plates from his sons was to search them.

Are we searching them still? If we are not searching them, is it really any different than not having them? Lehi was willing to sacrifice the lives of his sons in order for us to have the information contained in these records, are we grateful for them? How do we show our gratitude for them?”

6.  Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord, because thou hast not murmured.

Increasing Your Faith Through Adversity.  

George Kaluhiokalani,President, Kanoehe Hawaii Stake

Devotional Talk Given at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, September 16, 2008

7.  And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

Missionary Challenge

That Good Part

Why Does Nephi Believe he can Keep All the Commandments?

Stack Exchange

Comments by several Church leaders

Truth Matters


The Power of the Book of Mormon,

by Elder Michael T. Ringwood, General Authority Seventy

Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional, March 15, 2016

How I Survived My Pregnancy

The Happy Flammily

Doctrine & Covenants 124:49 and 1 Nephi 3:7 –

How Can Both Verses of Scripture Be True?

Ask Gramps

Personal experiences that illustrate how The Book of Mormon

can help bring individuals closer to God.

Nearer to God

10 Scriptures that Can Change Your Life

The Hated Principle – Fasting

A Mighty Change of Heart

The Formula for Nephi, by  Jonathan Green

Times and Seasons

The Use of Maxims in Shakespeare and Scripture

Bryan Tanner

He Has a Plan for Me, by Yvonne Matapo

Life As I See It

Go and Teach All Nations, by Hal Potter

Upon the Palm of His Hands

1 Nephi 3

The Domestication of Jo

Being Overwhelmed:  How I Found Peace Through Jesus Christ

Book of Mormon Online

Happy Mother’s Day to All Women!  (You Are Not Alone)

One Creative Mommy

Obtaining the Brass Plates

The Family Trifecta

Weight Loss Commitment and a Firm Commitment for Any Worthy Cause

Peter Maughan Blog Peter Maughan

What Now?

Whitti Wendi

8.  And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord.

I will Go and Do!

A complete Family Home Evening lesson by LDS Family Fun

9.  And I, Nephi, and my brethren took our journey in the wilderness, with our tents, to go up to the land of Jerusalem.

Up to Jerusalem

After the Manner of Chemish

10.  And it came to pass that when we had gone up to the land of Jerusalem, I and my brethren did consult one with another.

Your Way or the Lord’s Way?

The Motivated Mormon – Success, Growth, and Leadership. . . with a Mormon Twist

11.  And we cast lots -- who of us should go in unto the house of Laban. And it came to pass that the lot fell upon Laman; and Laman went in unto the house of Laban, and he talked with him as he sat in his house.

Lessons from the Three Episodes of Getting the Brass Plates: Nephi vs. Moses;

Nephi and Laban vs. David and Goliath; Laman and Lemuel vs. Saul; Zoram vs. Jonathan; Sariah vs. Miriam

Book of Mormon Notes:  How Deep Can You Dig?

12.  And he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, which contained the genealogy of my father.

Nephi’s Use of Inverted Parallels, by Dennis Newton

Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 22 (2016)

Abstract: Did Nephi intentionally use chiasmus in his writings?

An analysis of fifteen multi-level chiasm candidates in Nephi’s writings demonstrates a high statistical probability (99%+) that the poetic form was used intentionally by Nephi but only during two specific writing periods.

This finding is buttressed by further analysis, which reveals a clear and unexpected literary pattern for which Nephi seems to have reserved his usage of chiasmus.

The nature of obedience is a major theme in Nephi’s writings, and he regularly employed chiasms to explore the topic early in his writings.

After a period during which he discontinued use of the technique, he returned to the poetic device toward the end of his life to signal a significant shift in his thoughts on the topic of obedience.

13.  And behold, it came to pass that Laban was angry, and thrust him out from his presence; and he would not that he should have the records. Wherefore, he said unto him: Behold thou art a robber, and I will slay thee.

Portrait of Laban

includes thought questions and footnotes

14.  But Laman fled out of his presence, and told the things which Laban had done, unto us. And we began to be exceedingly sorrowful, and my brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness.

Faith Is Not Built on Minimums

Elder Kieth R. Edwards, Second Quorum of the Seventy

Devotional Talk Given at Brigham Young University–Hawaii, September 23, 2008

15. But behold I said unto them that: As the Lord liveth, and as we live, we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us.

The Book of Mormon

Elder Marion G. Romney, Assistant to the Council of the Twelve

Conference Report, April 1949

16. Wherefore, let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; therefore let us go down to the land of our father's inheritance, for behold he left gold and silver, and all manner of riches. And all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord.

Patterns of Obedience, by Kari Joseph Olsen

Selections from the Religious Education Student Symposium 2008 (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2008), 89–98.

17. For he knew that Jerusalem must be destroyed, because of the wickedness of the people.

Jesus and Josephus told of the Destruction of Jerusalem, by Keith H. Meservey

18. For behold, they have rejected the words of the prophets. Wherefore, if my father should dwell in the land after he hath been commanded to flee out of the land, behold, he would also perish. Wherefore, it must needs be that he flee out of the land.

Scripture Study:  1 Nephi 3:17-28


19. And behold, it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records, that we may preserve unto our children the language of our fathers;

The Language of Our Fathers – Part II


20. And also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets, which have been delivered unto them by the Spirit and power of God, since the world began, even down unto this present time.

All of 1 Nephi chapter 3 is a chiasmus

21. And it came to pass that after this manner of language did I persuade my brethren, that they might be faithful in keeping the commandments of God.

Reading 1 Nephi with Wisdom, by Taylor Halverson

The Interpreter – a Journal of Mormon Scripture

22. And it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheritance, and we did gather together our gold, and our silver, and our precious things.

The Hebrew Background of the Book of Mormon, by John A.  Tvedtnes

23. And after we had gathered these things together, we went up again unto the house of Laban.

Laban, and Putting It All on the Altar

Symphony of Dissent:  The spiritual musings of a Mormon Convert from Judaism

24. And it came to pass that we went in unto Laban, and desired him that he would give unto us the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, for which we would give unto him our gold, and our silver, and all our precious things.

Lehi-versus-Laban Rather Than Nephi-versus-Laban, by Jonathan David Whitcomb

The Book of Mormon: An Additional Witness for Jesus Christ

25. And it came to pass that when Laban saw our property, and that it was exceedingly great, he did lust after it, insomuch that he thrust us out, and sent his servants to slay us, that he might obtain our property.

26. And it came to pass that we did flee before the servants of Laban, and we were obliged to leave behind our property, and it fell into the hands of Laban.

27. And it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness, and the servants of Laban did not overtake us, and we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock.

Khirbet Beit Lei and the Book of Mormon: An Archaeologist’s Evaluation

by Jeffrey R. Chadwick

about that "Lehi Cave"

28. And it came to pass that Laman was angry with me, and also with my father; and also was Lemuel, for he hearkened unto the words of Laman. Wherefore Laman and Lemuel did speak many hard words unto us, their younger brothers, and they did smite us even with a rod.

Nephi and His Brothers Hit It Off, by Joey Green

Literary Themes in the Book of Mormon:

Ordinary Thoughts on an Extraordinary Volume of Scripture

29. And it came to pass as they smote us with a rod, behold, an angel of the Lord came and stood before them, and he spake unto them, saying: Why do ye smite your younger brother with a rod? Know ye not that the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you, and this because of your iniquities? Behold ye shall go up to Jerusalem again, and the Lord will deliver Laban into your hands.

1 Nephi 3

The Housewife Class

30. And after the angel had spoken unto us, he departed.

The Elusive Balance, by Glenn L. Pace.

BYU Speeches.  March 25, 1986

31. And after the angel had departed, Laman and Lemuel again began to murmur, saying: How is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands? Behold, he is a mighty man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he can slay fifty; then why not us?

Facts are Stubborn Things:  Two Numerical Facts and a Very Short Course in Statistics

Oh That Clever Kid Joseph Smith

1 Nephi 4 1 Nephi 2