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A Musical Tour of 1 Nephi

1 Nephi 1:1

Nephi begins the Book of Mormon by explaining that because he knew of the goodness of God, he would write what he knew, and testify.  

A Cappella group Inside Out sings “We’ll Bring the World His Truth,” from their album Primary Colors. (Children’s Songbook, 172; words and music by Janice Kapp Perry.

1 Nephi 1:20

Book of Mormon prophet Nephi said, “I 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.”

Selah - a contemporary Christian vocal trio consisting of Todd Smith, Allan Hall, and Nicol Sponberg -  presents “You Are My Hiding Place.”  (Words and music by Michael Ledner, b. 1952)

1 Nephi 2:10

Book of Mormon prophet Lehi yearned that his sons might be righteous and follow Christ, in word and deed.  He said, “O that thou mightest be like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord!”

 A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Priesthood Mens' Choir, from The Salt Lake County, Utah, Institutes of Religions, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sang “Carry On” at the April 2012 Priesthood Session of General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (LDS Hymns, 255; text by Ruth May Fox, 1853-1958; music by Alfred Morton Durham, 1872-1957)

1 Nephi 3:1-7

The Book of Mormon records that four young men received a challenging assignment from their father - travel through the desert to Jerusalem and obtain the brass plates from their relative Laban.  While his brothers complained and doubted, Nephi showed an example of courage and faith as he said, “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.”

Linda Mat Kids presents “Nephi’s Courage.” (Children’s Songbook, 120; words and music by Bill N. Hansen, Jr., B. 1952, and Lisa T. Hansen, b. 1958)

Acapella Christian Hymns presents “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go.” (LDS Hymns, 270; text by Mary Brown, 1856-1918; music by Carrie E. Rounsefell, 1861-1930)

1 Nephi 3:18

About 600 B.C. Lehi, a citizen of Jerusalem, noted in the Book of Mormon that his fellow-countrymen “have rejected the words of the prophets.”  He knew that the civilization was doomed because they had thus rejected God.

The Orem Institute of Religion Choir sings “Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice.” (LDS Hymns, 21; Joseph Stacy Murdock, 1822-1899; verse 4 by Bruce Redd McConkie, 1915-1985; music by Joseph John Daynes, 1851-1920)

1 Nephi 4:6

         Nephi said, “I was led by the Spirit, no knowing beforehand the things which I should do.”

         Elizabeth Goodine sings “Lead Me, Lord,” with the First Baptist Church Midlothian Worship Choir.  Words and music by Elizabeth and Wayne Goodine.

1 Nephi 5:11

The people of the Book of Mormon took with them records which contained the books of Moses, and gave an account of the creation of the world, and of Adam and Eve.

Kelley Thompson Molinari sings “Adam-Ondi-Ahman,”  a soothing and moving arrangement by her brother Scott Thompson of Seattle, Washington.  (LDS Hymns, 49; text by William Wines Phelps, 1792-1872; anonymous music)

1 Nephi 8

One of the most memorable and powerful incidents recorded in the Book of Mormon is the Tree of Life vision, first seen by Lehi and then seen and interpreted by Nephi.  In the vision, the iron rod, which leads to the Tree of Life, represents the word of God.  We must hold fast to the rod, to find our way through the mists and mazes of this world.

"The Iron Rod" was provided by a Priesthood Choir from BYU, under the direction of Ronald Staheli, at the Priesthood Session of the April 2010 General Conference. (LDS Hymns, 274; text by Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942; music by William Clayson, 1840-1887)

1 Nephi 10:5,6

Book of Mormon prophet Lehi taught his family about Christ, the Savior, saying that all the prophets had testified of Him:  “He also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, concerning this Messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this Redeemer of the world.  Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer.”

Exquisite singer Crystal created a 7-part melding of “Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer” and “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”  (LDS Hymns, 103; text and music by H.R. {Horatio Richmond}Palmer, 1834-1907.  1948 LDS Hymns, p. 70; text by Robert Robinson, 1735-1790; music by John Wyeth, 1770-1858 )

1 Nephi 10:18

As Nephi prepared to ask the Lord for more light and understanding, he testified in faith that “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that tehy repent and come unto Him.”

Boy group Libera sings “Lacrymosa:”  

You are the voice that calls in the silence

You are the light that shines in the dark

You hold me in any sorrow

See me through every shadow

Salva Me

1 Nephi 11

Because of his faith and his diligence in asking God, Nephi was blessed with the same vision and knowledge as his father Lehi.  His vision is exquisite and expansive.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment capture some of the points in “Nephi’s Vision of the Tree of Life,” Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 18.

1 Nephi 11:20

We can read the Bible and learn of Jesus’s humble birth in a stable.  Book of Mormon prophet Nephi also saw the Savior come into the world, so his people, too, could worship Christ.

From Another Testament:  Songs of the Living Savior, “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth.” (LDS Hymns, 196; text by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music by Giacomo Meyerbeer, 1791-1864)

1 Nephi 11:27

Nephi records in the Book of Mormon that he saw in vision that “the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him; and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come down out of heaven and abide upon him in the form of a dove.”

On the Wings of a Dove.”  Jesus was baptized to show us the way.  (Words and music by Bob Ferguson, 1927-2001)

1 Nephi 11:33

In the process of his panoramic vision, Nephi witnessed the climactic event of human history:  “I saw that He was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.”

Tatiana sings “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”  Her soulful singing is accompanied by scriptures overlayed on scenes from the movie, “The Passion of the Christ.” (African-American slave spiritual)

1 Nephi 12:17

As Nephi saw the Tree of Life vision, an angel stood by, giving him inspired interpretations.  He learned, “The mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost.”  Thus the great importance to find the iron rod, the word of God, and hold fast to it.  The Bible and the Book of Mormon contain the word of God, as do the words of the prophets.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir BYU Men's Chorus sings “The Iron Rod.” (LDS Hymns, 274; text by Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942; music by William Clayson, 1840-1887)

1 Nephi 13:12-16

Nephi’s vision, which he recorded in the Book of Mormon, encompassed much of world history as it pertains to the rise and fall of people as they accepted and rejected God’s guidance.  Nephi saw a man among the “gentiles,” who crossed the ocean and came to the promised land, and the great nation which subsequently arose.  It was a nation of freedom, where the people worshipped God.

Ray Charles sings “America the Beautiful” at the 2001 World Series, October 8, 2001.  (LDS Hymns, 338; text by Katherine Lee Bates, 1859-1929; music by Samuel Augustus Ward, 1848-1903)

1 Nephi 13:17-19

The Book of Mormon records that Nephi saw that the nation on the Promised Land was under attack on land and on sea.  Then he saw that “the Gentiles that had gone out of captivity were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations.”

9-year-old Athena Creese opens a Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets NBA game with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (Hymns, 340; text by Francis Scott Key, 1779-1843; music by John Stafford Smith, 1750-1836)

1 Nephi 13:24-26

The Book of Mormon stands beside the Bible as the word of God, a testament of Jesus Christ and His work among humanity.  

Lilla Dalla Hast presents “The Eighth Article of Faith.” (Children’s Songbook, 127; text by Joseph Smith, 1805-1844; music by Vanja Young Watkins, b. 1938)

1 Nephi 13:35

The Book of Mormon prophesied of the time that it would come forth in the latter-days.  “These things shall be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the Lamb.”

Mark Geslison and Geoff Grobert present a piano and guitar instrumental duet of “Now We’ll Sing with One Accord.” (LDS Hymns, 25; text by William Wines Phelps, 1792-1872; music by Joseph John Daynes, 1851-1920)

1 Nephi 13:37

The Book of Mormon describes the great work of the Latter-days, the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times:  “And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up a the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.

A men's choir from BYU-Idaho performs "Saints, Behold How Great Jehovah" at the priesthood session of the April 2014 General Conference.  (LDS Hymns 28; text by Douglas W. Stott, b. 1925; music by A. Laurence Lyon, b. 1934)

1 Nephi 13:38,39

Book of Mormon prophet Nephi saw a panoramic vision of the future history of the world, including the far-distant time when the golden plates would be translated and presented to the world as the Book of Mormon.

Max Bradley Adams plays “What Glorious Scenes Mine Eyes Behold” on a Steinway grand, Kawai grand piano, or Yamaha upright piano at the BYU Harris Fine Arts Center. It is part of the LDS Hymns for Piano Project, a playlist with recordings of all of the hymns found in the LDS repertory.  (LDS Hymns 16; anonymous text, ca. 1840; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)

1 Nephi 15:15

As Book of Mormon prophet Nephi contemplates the future time when the world will receive the Book of Mormon, and the native peoples will know their ancestry, in his excitement for their blessings he exclaimed, “And then at that day will they not rejoice and give praise unto their everlasting God, their rock and their salvation?  Yea, at that day, will they not receive the strength and nourishment from the true vine?  Yea, will they not come unto the true fold of God?”

A Priesthood Choir from Logan Institute of Religion “In Hymns of Praise.” (LDS Hymns, 75; text by Ada Blenkhorn, 1858-1927; music by Alfred Beirley

1 Nephi 17:2

The Book of Mormon describes how Lehi’s family traveled through the wilderness on their journey to the Promised Land.  Latter-day Saint pioneers also trekked through the desert to arrive at a safe haven following the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

BYU Vocal Point sings, A Cappella, “Come, Come, Ye Saints” from their album Lead Thou Me On.  ( LDS Hymns 30; text by William Clayton 1814-1879; English folk song)

1 Nephi 17:8-10

The Lord commanded Nephi to build a ship to carry the large family to the Promised Land.  He didn’t complain or question the Lord’s judgement or his own ability to do as asked, he just asked for help in some details.

Linda Matt Kids presents “Nephi’s Courage.” (Children’s Songbook 120; text and music by Bill N. Hansen, Jr., B. 1952, and Lisa T. Hansen, b. 1958)

1 Nephi 17:23

Nephi records in the Book of Mormon that he encouraged his brothers to obey whatever God commands by reminding them of their fathers who, in spite of their murmuring, followed Moses out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

Cantiques Karaokes presents “God of Our Fathers, We Come unto Thee.” (LDS Hymns, 76; text by Charles William Penrose, 1832-1925; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)

1 Nephi 17:35

As Nephi encouraged his brothers to faithfully follow what the Lord told them to do, he pointed out that by God’s power their ancestors had driven out the inhabitants of their Promised Land, so that they could inherit it, only because those who lived there were so wicked.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand.” (LDS Hymns, 78; text by Daniel Crane Roberts, 1841-1907; music by George William Warren, 1828-1902)

1 Nephi 17:36

The Book of Mormon teaches, “The Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it.”

The World Is So Big.” (Children’s Songbook, 235; words by Beverly Watkins Searle Spencer, 1921-1999; music by K. Newell Dayley, b. 1939)

1 Nephi 17:37-40

Nephi taught his brothers that God raises up a righteous nation and destroys the nations of the wicked, and he loves those who will have him to be their God.

Friedrich Ludovico sings “God of Our Fathers, Known of Old,” also known as Rudyard Kipling’s “Recessional,” to a different tune.  (LDS Hymns, 80; text by Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936; music by Leroy J. Robertson, 1896-1971)

1 Nephi 17:51

In the Book of Mormon Nephi has reviewed many wonders through the ages that God has done in behalf of His people.  Then he applies the scriptures to himself, saying, “If the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?”

Michael W. Smith sings a joyful “Great Is the Lord” with a Gaither group.  (Hymns, 77; Text by Eliza Roxey Snow, 1804-1887; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)

1 Nephi 18:4

Following the Lord’s instructions, Nephi finished building the ship, and it was good.

Front Porch Acappella presents a mash-up of “Nephi’s Courage.” (Children’s Songbook, 120; words and music by Bill N. Hansen, Jr., B. 1952, and Lisa T. Hansen, b. 1958)

1 Nephi 18:16

We read in the Book of Mormon that Lehi’s family journeyed across the waters in the ship that the Lord had commanded to be built.  But on the way, the rebellious brothers caused trouble, and, not wanting to be corrected any more, tied up Nephi.  He said, “Nevertheless, I did look unto my God, and I did praise him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions.”

Michael Sackett sings “With All the Power of Heart and Tongue.” (LDS Hymns, 79; text by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; music by Lowell Marsden Durham, b. 1917-1992)

1 Nephi 19:16

The Book of Mormon teaches that God will gather in those on the isles of the sea who are of the House of Israel, from the four quarters of the earth.  The Tenth Article of Faith states, “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes. . .”

The Tenth Article of Faith.”  Artwork by Alana Lee. Christina Robertson.  (Children’s Songbook, 128; words by Joseph Smith, 1805-1844; music by Vanja Young Watkins, b. 1938)

1 Nephi 20:14

Isaiah spoke of a time when the Lord would do a new work, and bring forth old information.  He further says that he loves the man who was his servant in declaring these things.

Taryn Cowley presents “An Angel Came to Joseph Smith.” (Children’s Songbook, 86; text by Anna Johnson, 1892-1979; music by A. Laurence Lyon, b. 1934)

1 Nephi 20:18

The Lord said through Isaiah, “O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!  Then had thy peace been as a river.”  Peace is a great blessing of the gospel, as defined by God himself.

In 2007 General Conference a priesthood choir sang “Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings.” (LDS Hymns, 14; text by Mary Ann Morton, 1826-1897; music by Alfred Morton Durham, 1872-1957)

1 Nephi 21:1

In the Book of Mormon, Nephi copied the words of Isaiah, where the Lord called on His multitudes throughout the world to hearken and listen.

Latter-day Moroni presents “Awake and Arise.” (LDS Hymns, 8; text by Theodore Edward Curtis, 1872-1957; music by Carolee Curtis Green, b. 1940))

1 Nephi 21:6

The Book of Mormon describes one assignment from God:  “It is a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel.  I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the ends of the earth.”  As we are individually raised by the gospel and the atonement of Christ, so we should be lights to those still wandering in darkness.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings “You Raise Me Up.”  (Song by the duo Secret Garden:  text by Brendan Graham, b. 1945; music by Rolf Løvland, b. 1955)

Steph Hartman & Michael sing “You Raise Me Up.”

1 Nephi 21:8

Isaiah describes how God will use His servant to call Israel back to him, back to the Promised Land and back to their Messiah.

The Lower Lights presents “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling.” (LDS Hymns, 7; text by Richard Smyth, 1838-1914; music by Charles Crozat Converse,1832-1918)

1 Nephi 21:10

Isaiah describes the glories of Zion:  “They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.”

John Hunt plays “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded” on the keyboard.  (LDS Hymns, 43; text by Thomas Kelly, 1769-1854; music by A.C. Smyth, 1840-1909)

1 Nephi 21:12

The Isaiah record in the Book of Mormon teaches that God will lead His children home “from far. . . From the north and from the west. . .”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.” (LDS Hymns, 83; text by William Williams, 1717-1791; music by John Hughes, 1873-1932)

1 Nephi 21:16

         The Lord said, “I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.”

         This is a powerful rendition of “His Hands,” but I don’t know the singer or the composer.

1 Nephi 21:23

Nephi write Isaiah’s words of the Saints in the Latter-days:  “They shall not be ashamed that wait for me.”

Justin Lehman presents an orchestral arrangement of “We’re Not Ashamed to Own Our Lord.” (LDS Hymns, 57; words by William W. Phelps, 1792-1872; music by John Longhurst, b. 1940)

1 Nephi 22:11,12

The Book of Mormon records Nephi’s description of the great work the Lord will do through His servants in the Latter-days:  “They shall be gathered together to the lands of their inheritance; and they shall be brought out of obscurity and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel.”

The Priesthood choir from the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo Utah sings "Go, Ye Messengers of Heaven" during the Priesthood session of the 180th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday evening 2 October 2010.  (LDS Hymns 327; text by John Taylor, 1808-1887; music arranged by F. Christensen)

Concert pianist Paul Cardall presents “Redeemer of Israel” from his album Forty Hymns for Forty Days.  (LDS Hymns, 6; text by William W. Phelps, 1792-1872; music by Freeman Lewis, 1780-1859)

1 Nephi 22:14-19

Nephi saw our day, when the righteous people would be severely threatened.  He said, “The righteous shall not perish; for the time surely must come that all they who fight against Zion shall be cut off.”

Megan Searles presents “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.”   She says, “For Book of Mormon class, we were instructed to complete a 10-hour project of our choosing. I have elected to learn a new hymn on ukulele each week, coming up with the chords myself, and choosing hymns whose scripture references come from the week's assigned reading.”  (LDS Hymns, 43; words by Thomas Kelly, 1769-1854; music by A.C. Smyth, 1840-1909)

1 Nephi 22:15-17

The Book of Mormon assures us that, though conditions will surely worsen, we must press on in living righteous lives:  “He will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire.  Wherefore, the righteous need not fear, for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved even if it so be as by fire.”

EFY 2010 Music presents “Let Us All Press On.” (Hymns, 243; text and music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930)

1 Nephi 22:25

Nephi writes in the Book of Mormon that God will gather His children, and He knows them.

Sing a New Song to the Lord presents “The Voice of God Again Is Heard.” (LDS Hymns, 18; text and music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930)

Acapella Christian Hymns • Max Bradley Adams

Another Testament: Songs of the Living Savior • Arnold, Marilyn Arnold

BYU Men's Chorus • BYU Vocal Point • BYU-Idaho Men's Choir

Cantiques Karaokes • Paul Cardall • Ray Charles • Taryn Cowley

Athena Creese • Crystal • Especially For Youth • Bob Ferguson

First Baptist Church Midlothian Worship Choir

Front Porch Acappella • Mark Geslison • Elizabeth Goodine

Geoff Grobert • Alan Hall

Steph Hartman & Michael • Lilla Dalla Hast • Ryan Heywood • John Hunt

Inside Out • Rudyard Kipling • Latter-day Moroni • Justin Lehman

 Libera Linda Mat Kids • Logan Institute of Religion Priesthood Choir

Friedrich Ludovico • Michael • Kelley Thompson Molinari

Mormon Tabernacle Choir • Orem Institute of Religion Choir

Maurine Ozment  • Priesthood Choir from BYU

Christina Robertson  • Michael Sackett

Salt Lake County, Utah Institutes of Religion Priesthood Men's Choir  

Selah • Sing a New Song to the Lord • Michael W. Smith • Todd Smith

Nicol Sponberg • Ronald Staheli • Tatiana

The Lower Lights • Scott Thompson

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