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Library Tour through 1 Nephi 5
1 And it came to pass that after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father,
behold, he was filled with joy, and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad,
for she truly had mourned because of us.
2 For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had complained
against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying: Behold thou hast
led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish
in the wilderness.
3 And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father.
4 And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am
a visionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not
have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with
5 But behold, I have obtained a land of promise, in the which things I do rejoice;
yea, and I know that the Lord will deliver my sons out of the hands of Laban, and
bring them down again unto us in the wilderness.
6 And after this manner of language did my father, Lehi, comfort my mother, Sariah,
concerning us, while we journeyed in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem,
to obtain the record of the Jews.
7 And when we had returned to the tent of my father, behold their joy was full, and
my mother was comforted.
8 And she spake, saying: Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband
to flee into the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath
protected my sons, and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, and given them power
whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. And after
this manner of language did she speak.
9 And it came to pass that they did rejoice exceedingly, and did offer sacrifice
and burnt offerings unto the Lord; and they gave thanks unto the God of Israel.
10 And after they had given thanks unto the God of Israel, my father, Lehi, took
the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, and he did search them
from the beginning.
11 And he beheld that they did contain the five books of Moses, which gave an account
of the creation of the world, and also of Adam and Eve, who were our first parents;
12 And also a record of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the commencement
of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah;
13 And also the prophecies of the holy prophets, from the beginning, even down to
the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah; and also many prophecies which have been
spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah.
Ten More Amazing Discoveries. Intriguing theories and findings from the discoverer
of the Valley of Lemuel and 80 other new Book of Mormon evidences. George Potter.
In Chapter 10, “Bible Scholarship Supports Book of Mormon Authorship,” Potter tests
the Book of Mormon using documentary hypothesis, or so-called (and much-maligned)
“Why use a controversial hypothesis to test Book of Mormon authorship?
“First, because it is just that – controversial. Being generally rejected by most
Book of Mormon scholars, documentary hypothesis evidence provides a more unbiased,
objective, and sectarian test than is usually offered by Book of Mormon scholars.
“Second, the evidence compiled by documentary hypothesis represents an enormous body
of biblical inquiry. Using inferences of documentary hypothesis to test Book of
Mormon authorship stacks the claims of the sacred record against the finest in current
Third, proponents of documentary hypothesis have focused their Pentateuch research
on a place and period relevant to the origins of the Book of Mormon: Palestine between
the time the tribes of Israel were divided into two kingdoms in 922 B.C. and the
destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. This was the era in which experts believe at
least four versions of the books of Moses were written and initially edited into
In nine specific, detailed tests, Potter compares the Book of Mormon record with
authorship patterns. Among others, you can read why Nephi’s references to Jeremiah
support his authorship of 1 Nephi 1, as opposed to anyone from the 19th century.
14 And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the plates of brass
a genealogy of his fathers; wherefore he knew that he was a descendant of Joseph;
yea, even that Joseph who was the son of Jacob, who was sold into Egypt, and who
was preserved by the hand of the Lord, that he might preserve his father, Jacob,
and all his household from perishing with famine.
15 And they were also led out of captivity and out of the land of Egypt, by that
same God who had preserved them.
16 And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers. And Laban
also was a descendant of Joseph, wherefore he and his fathers had kept the records.
17 And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit, and
began to prophesy concerning his seed --
18 That these plates of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindreds, tongues,
and people who were of his seed.
19 Wherefore, he said that these plates of brass should never perish; neither should
they be dimmed any more by time. And he prophesied many things concerning his seed.
20 And it came to pass that thus far I and my father had kept the commandments wherewith
the Lord had commanded us.
21 And we had obtained the records which the Lord had commanded us, and searched
them and found that they were desirable; yea, even of great worth unto us, insomuch
that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our children.
22 Wherefore, it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them with us, as we
journeyed in the wilderness towards the land of promise.