A modern-language re-writing of the Book of Mormon
2 And it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he spake unto
us, saying: Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision.
3 And behold, because of the thing which I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in
the Lord because of Nephi and also of Sam; for I have reason to suppose that they,
and also many of their seed, will be saved.
8 And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray
unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender
9 And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious
10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one
11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and
I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I
beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever
12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great
joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also;
for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.
14 And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I saw the head thereof a little
way off; and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi;
and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go.
15 And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with
a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable
above all other fruit.
16 And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also.
20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron,
even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto
a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world.
23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly
great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose
their way, that they wandered off and were lost.
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth
and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through
the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth
and partake of the fruit of the tree.
26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river
of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high
above the earth.
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their
manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and
pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.
29 And now I, Nephi, do not speak all the words of my father.
30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward;
and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their
way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and
fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.
32 And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; and
many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads.
33 And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after
they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me and those
that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not.
34 These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away.
35 And Laman and Lemuel partook not of the fruit, said my father.
36 And it came to pass after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision,
which were many, he said unto us, because of these things which he saw in a vision,
he exceedingly feared for Laman and Lemuel; yea, he feared lest they should be cast
off from the presence of the Lord.
37 And he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent, that they
would hearken to his words, that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them, and
not cast them off; yea, my father did preach unto them.
38 And after he had preached unto them, and also prophesied unto them of many things,
he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord; and he did cease speaking unto