1 And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of
God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power,
in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks --
2 And harden not their hearts against the Lamb of God, they shall be numbered among
the seed of thy father; yea, they shall be numbered among the house of Israel; and
they shall be a blessed people upon the promised land forever; they shall be no more
brought down into captivity; and the house of Israel shall no more be confounded.
3 And that great pit, which hath been digged for them by that great and abominable
church, which was founded by the devil and his children, that he might lead away
the souls of men down to hell -- yea, that great pit which hath been digged for the
destruction of men shall be filled by those who digged it, unto their utter destruction,
saith the Lamb of God; not the destruction of the soul, save it be the casting of
it into that hell which hath no end.
4 For behold, this is according to the captivity of the devil, and also according
to the justice of God, upon all those who will work wickedness and abomination before
5 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: Thou hast beheld
that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them; and thou also knowest concerning
the covenants of the Lord unto the house of Israel; and thou also hast heard that
whoso repenteth not must perish.
6 Therefore, wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they harden their hearts against
the Lamb of God.
7 For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous
work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the
one hand or on the other -- either to the convincing of them unto peace and life
eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the
blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into
destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil,
of which I have spoken.
8 And it came to pass that when the angel had spoken these words, he said unto me:
Rememberest thou the covenants of the Father unto the house of Israel? I said unto
9 And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look, and behold that great and abominable
church, which is the mother of abominations, whose founder is the devil.
10 And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church
of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth
not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the
mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.
The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision. The
40th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry symposium
Chapter 3 – The Church of the Lamb of God, by Casey Paul Griffiths. The author examines
the Church of the Lamb of God as both a literal and figurative entity, both with
a historical explanation and a typological exposition.
11 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the earth, and she
sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations,
kindreds, tongues, and people.
12 And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers
were few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who sat upon many
waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of
God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their dominions upon the face
of the earth were small, because of the wickedness of the great whore whom I saw.
13 And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather
together multitudes upon the face of all the earth, among all the nations of the
Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God.
14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it
descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people
of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed
with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.
15 And it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured out upon that
great and abominable church, insomuch that there were wars and rumors of wars among
all the nations and kindreds of the earth.
16 And as there began to be wars and rumors of wars among all the nations which belonged
to the mother of abominations, the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold, the wrath
of God is upon the mother of harlots; and behold, thou seest all these things --
17 And when the day cometh that the wrath of God is poured out upon the mother of
harlots, which is the great and abominable church of all the earth, whose founder
is the devil, then, at that day, the work of the Father shall commence, in preparing
the way for the fulfilling of his covenants, which he hath made to his people who
are of the house of Israel.
18 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
19 And I looked and beheld a man, and he was dressed in a white robe.
20 And the angel said unto me: Behold one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
21 Behold, he shall see and write the remainder of these things; yea, and also many
things which have been.
22 And he shall also write concerning the end of the world.
23 Wherefore, the things which he shall write are just and true; and behold they
are written in the book which thou beheld proceeding out of the mouth of the Jew;
and at the time they proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, or, at the time the book
proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, the things which were written were plain and
pure, and most precious and easy to the understanding of all men.
24 And behold, the things which this apostle of the Lamb shall write are many things
which thou hast seen; and behold, the remainder shalt thou see.
25 But the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write; for the Lord
God hath ordained the apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them.
26 And also others who have been, to them hath he shown all things, and they have
written them; and they are sealed up to come forth in their purity, according to
the truth which is in the Lamb, in the own due time of the Lord, unto the house of
27 And I, Nephi, heard and bear record, that the name of the apostle of the Lamb
was John, according to the word of the angel.
28 And behold, I, Nephi, am forbidden that I should write the remainder of the things
which I saw and heard; wherefore the things which I have written sufficeth me; and
I have written but a small part of the things which I saw.
29 And I bear record that I saw the things which my father saw, and the angel of
the Lord did make them known unto me.
Chapter 13 – “Connections Between the Visions of Lehi and Nephi. Research by John
W. Welch, originally published as a FARMS Update in Insights (July 1993): 2.
“The two vision are very different in character. Lehi’s dream is intimate, symbolic,
and salvific; Nephi’s vision is collective historic, and eschatological. Yet both
visions embrace the same prophetic elements, only from different angles.”
Welch examines, section by section, the two visions as they develop and are recorded,
pointing out the parallels throughout.
“When we set these two visions side by side, they are indeed significantly the same,
element for element. Although the casual reader might not see any connection between
these two texts at first, the correlation between them is extensive and precise....
“At the same time, Nephi’s vision is not a mere rerun of Lehi’s. The second clearly
develops each element of the first, from different perspectives and for different
“. . . it is evident that the interrelatedness of 1 Nephi 8 and 1 Nephi 11-14 is
very meaningful, subtle, and true as life.”
30 And now I make an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was
carried away in the spirit; and if all the things which I saw are not written, the
things which I have written are true. And thus it is. Amen.
1 Nephi 15
1 And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been carried away in the spirit, and
seen all these things, I returned to the tent of my father.
2 And it came to pass that I beheld my brethren, and they were disputing one with
another concerning the things my father had spoken unto them.
3 For he truly spake many great things unto them, which were hard to be understood,
save a man should inquire of the Lord; and they being hard in their hearts, therefore
they did not look unto the Lord as they ought.
4 And now I, Nephi, was grieved because of the hardness of their hearts, and also,
because of the things which I had seen, and knew they must unavoidably come to pass
because of the great wickedness of the children of men.
5 And it came to pass that I was overcome because of my afflictions, for I considered
that mine afflictions were great above all, because of the destruction of my people,
for I had beheld their fall.
6 And it came to pass that after I had received strength I spake unto my brethren,
desiring to know of them the cause of their disputations.
7 And they said: Behold, we cannot understand the words which our father hath spoken
concerning the natural branches of the olive-tree, and also concerning the Gentiles.
8 And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?
9 And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto
10 Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the
Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?
11 Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said? -- If ye will not harden
your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence
in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.
12 Behold, I say unto you, that the house of Israel was compared unto an olive-tree,
by the Spirit of the Lord which was in our father; and behold are we not broken off
from the house of Israel, and are we not a branch of the house of Israel?
13 And now, the thing which our father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the
natural branches through the fulness of the Gentiles, is, that in the latter days,
when our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief, yea, for the space of many years,
and many generations after the Messiah shall be manifested in body unto the children
of men, then shall the fulness of the gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles,
and from the Gentiles unto the remnant of our seed --
14 And at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the house
of Israel, and that they are the covenant people of the Lord; and then shall they
know and come to the knowledge of their forefathers, and also to the knowledge of
the gospel of their Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by him; wherefore,
they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine,
that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.
15 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?
16 Behold, I say unto you, Yea; they shall be remembered again among the house of
Israel; they shall be grafted in, being a natural branch of the olive-tree, into
the true olive-tree.
17 And this is what our father meaneth; and he meaneth that it will not come to pass
until after they are scattered by the Gentiles; and he meaneth that it shall come
by way of the Gentiles, that the Lord may show his power unto the Gentiles, for the
very cause that he shall be rejected of the Jews, or of the house of Israel.
18 Wherefore, our father hath not spoken of our seed alone, but also of all the house
of Israel, pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter days;
which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all
the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
19 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake much unto them concerning these things;
yea, I spake unto them concerning the restoration of the Jews in the latter days.
20 And I did rehearse unto them the words of Isaiah, who spake concerning the restoration
of the Jews, or of the house of Israel; and after they were restored they should
no more be confounded, neither should they be scattered again. And it came to pass
that I did speak many words unto my brethren, that they were pacified and did humble
themselves before the Lord.
21 And it came to pass that they did speak unto me again, saying: What meaneth this
thing which our father saw in a dream? What meaneth the tree which he saw?
22 And I said unto them: It was a representation of the tree of life.
23 And they said unto me: What meaneth the rod of iron which our father saw, that
led to the tree?
24 And I said unto them that it was the word of God, and whose would hearken unto
the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could
the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness,
to lead them away to destruction.
25 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did exhort them to give heed unto the word of the Lord; yea,
I did exhort them with all the energies of my soul, and with all the faculty which
I possessed, that they would give heed to the word of God and remember to keep his
commandments always in all things.
26 And they said unto me: What meaneth the river of water which our father saw?
27 And I said unto them that the water which my father saw was filthiness; and so
much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not the filthiness
of the water.
28 And I said unto them that it was an awful gulf, which separated the wicked from
the tree of life, and also from the saints of God.
29 And I said unto them that it was a representation of that awful hell, which the
angel said unto me was prepared for the wicked.
30 And I said unto them that our father also saw that the justice of God did also
divide the wicked from the righteous; and the brightness thereof was like unto the
brightness of a flaming fire, which ascendeth up unto God forever and ever, and hath
31 And they said unto me: Doth this thing mean the torment of the body in the days
of probation, or doth it mean the final state of the soul after the death of the
temporal body, or doth it speak of the things which are temporal?
32 And it came to pass that I said unto them that it was a representation of things
both temporal and spiritual; for the day should come that they must be judged of
their works, yea, even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days
33 Wherefore, if they should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also,
as to the things which are spiritual, which are pertaining to righteousness; wherefore,
they must be brought to stand before God, to be judged of their works; and if their
works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they be filthy it must
needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, the kingdom of God
must be filthy also.
34 But behold, I say unto you, the kingdom of God is not filthy, and there cannot
any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God; wherefore there must needs be a
place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy.
35 And there is a place prepared, yea, even that awful hell of which I have spoken,
and the devil is the preparator of it; wherefore the final state of the souls of
men is to dwell in the kingdom of God, or to be cast out because of that justice
of which I have spoken.
36 Wherefore, the wicked are rejected from the righteous, and also from that tree
of life, whose fruit is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits;
yea, and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God. And thus I spake unto my brethren.