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A Musical Tour of 2 Nephi 1-12

2 Nephi 1 – 4

In the first four chapters of his second book, Book of Mormon writer Nephi records the words of his aged father Lehi.

“My Father, Great Lehi,” by Maurine Ozment and Marilyn Arnold, captures the spirit of this great prophet:

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 3

The Lord spoke and Lehi consented; he gave up his wealth and his lands

To live in remote isolation, no more to see home place and friends.

2 Nephi 1:5-7

In the Book of Mormon, Lehi declared that the Lord God had given him and his family a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands.

America the Beautiful

Annie Karto

text by Katherine Lee Bates; music by Samuel A. Ward

2 Nephi 1:7

In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Lehi taught, concerning the Promised Land (America), “This land is consecrated unto him whom He shall bring.  And if it so be that they shall serve Him according to the commandments which He hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.”

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

The Washington National Cathedral Choir

text by Samuel F. Smith; music from Thesaurus Musicus, London, 1744

2 Nephi 1:15

Book of Mormon prophet Lehi had aged and was soon to die.  But he testified, “The Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld His glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of His love.”

Savior, Redeemer of My Soul

Tenor Dallyn Bayles, violinist Jenny Oaks Baker & the Lyceum Philharmonic

text by Orson F. Whitney; music by Harry A. Dean

2 Nephi 2:6-9

Lehi taught his children that “Redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for He is full of grace and truth.”

O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown

James Loynes

text by Karen Lynn Davidson

2 Nephi 2:7

The Book of Mormon, in speaking of the Savior Jesus Christ, says, “He offereth Himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.”

In Humility, Our Savior

A Capella trio Liahona Seumanu, Matt Nickle, Moana Haretuku

text by Mabel Jones Gabbot, 1910-2004; music by Rowland H. Prichard

2 Nephi 2:14

The Book of Mormon testifies that “There is a God, and He has created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.”

All Things Bright and Beautiful

National Taiwan University Chorus

lyrics by Cecil Frances Alexander

2 Nephi 2:27,28

Lehi, in the Book of Mormon, teaches, “Men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man.  And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil.”

Ring Out, Wild Bells

The Crofts Family trio

text by Alfred Tennyson; music by Crawford Gates

2 Nephi 3:5-7

Book of Mormon prophet Lehi saw the latter-days in vision, and knew of the work Joseph Smith would do.  He knew that the choice seer would manifest the Messiah to God’s people “in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light - yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.”

Come, Sing to the Lord

Latter-day Moroni

text and music by Gerrit de Jong, Jr.

2 Nephi 3:8

The Book of Mormon tells us that God esteems the prophet of the latter-days:  “I will make him great in mine eyes; for he shall do my work,” said the Lord.

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

LDS Videos

text by George Manwaring; music by Sylvanus Billings Pond, adapted by A.C. Smyth

2 Nephi 3:11

Lehi taught his children, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, that the latter-day seer named Joseph would bring forth God’s word (the Book of Mormon) as well as convince people of the truth of His word that they had already received (Bible).

What Was Witnessed in the Heavens?

Latter-day Moroni

text by John S. Davis, 1813-1882; music by Evan Stephens

2 Nephi 3:12

The prophet Lehi quoted from Joseph of Old in prophesying of the seer named Joseph in the latter days.  He said the scriptures he would bring forth (The Book of Mormon), by joining in conjunction with the Bible, would perform the following functions in the Lord’s plan:  1. Confound false doctrine

  2.  Lay down contentions

  3.  Establish peace

  4.  Bring people to the knowledge of the fathers of the native Americans

  5.  Bring people to the knowledge of God’s covenants

Truth Eternal

Latter-day Saint Hymns

text by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music by Alexander Schreiner

2 Nephi 4:15

Nephi, Book of Mormon writer, said, “My soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.”

Search, Ponder, and Pray

Steven Deam’s granddaughter

words by Jaclyn Thomas Milne; music by Carol Baker Black

The Books in the Book of Mormon

Family Gal

words by Daphne Matthews; music from “Ten Little Indians”

2 Nephi 4:15,16

Nephi said, “My soul delighteth in the things of the Lord.”

Thy Holy Word

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

text by Marvin K. Gardner; music by Robert Cundick

General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2 Nephi 4:16-35

In the Book of Mormon, Nephi wrote plaintively of his need for God’s presence in his life:  “I know in whom I have trusted.  My God hath been my support.  He hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness.”

I Need Thee Every Hour

Randy Owen and the Isaacs

text by Annie S. Hawkes; music by Robert Lowry


2 Nephi 4:16-35

In “Nephi’s Psalm” in the Book of Mormon, the only such selection in the book, Nephi expresses the yearnings, pains, and hope of his heart.

In “Nephi’s Psalm,” lyricist Marilyn Arnold and composer Maurine Ozment bring to music these feelings.  Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 5

Wake, wake, my soul awake!  No more with anguish ridden,

Joy is thine, my heart rejoice, let anger be forbidden.

2 Nephi 4:34

In the Book of Mormon, Nephi wrote, “O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever.”

Praise Ye the Lord

Max Adams

text by Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 146; music by Evan Stephens

2 Nephi 8:3

Book of Mormon people had much of what we call the Old Testament, recorded on what they called the Brass Plates.  Their prophets taught them these things, especially from the writings of Isaiah.  Jacob taught the people, “The Lord shall comfort Zion. He will comfort all her waste places, and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord.  Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”

Beautiful Zion, Built Above

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

text by George Gill; music by Joseph G. Fones

2 Nephi 8:11

The Book of Mormon records that Jacob continued teaching his people from the words of Isaiah:  “Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy and holiness shall be upon their heads; and tehy shall obtain gladness and joy; sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning!

The Golden Angels

text by Thomas Hastings

2 Nephi 8:24

Jacob taught his people Isaiah’s words:  “Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion!  Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the Holy City!”

Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake!

The Bonneville High School Bonnevaires in 2009

conducted by Steve Dresen, accompanied by Nancy Bennett, arranged by Ron Staheli

text by Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887; music by Evan Stephens

2 Nephi 9:2

          Book of Mormon prophet Jacob prophesied that “the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God.”

Touch Your People Once Again

Steve Green

2 Nephi 9:5, 10-12

Jacob movingly spoke to the people in the Book of Mormon about the atonement that the Great Creator would effect for all mankind:  “O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit!”

We’ll Sing All Hail to Jesus’ Name

Mark Geslison and Geoff Groberg, guitar & violin

text by Richard Alldridge; music by Joseph Coslett

2 Nephi 9:50

Jacob tells his people, “Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.”

Israelis Worshiping Jesus in Hebrew in Jerusalem

The voice of the Lord is upon the water

Upon many waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful

The God of Glory thunders.

Let the one who thirsts come and drink

Water abundantly.

Let him who hears come to know

There is living water given freely.

How precious is your grace, my God.

Those who find You will trust in You, Adonai.

Fountains of waters will be revealed for us in the desert

For there is no lack for those who fear the Lord.

There is a river that flows from His throne.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Rivers of water will burst forth from within us.

2 Nephi 10:23,24

In the Book of Mormon, Jacob taught the people that they had a choice:  “Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves - to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.”

Know This, That Every Soul Is Free

Britney Lavatai, accompanied by guitar

anonymous text; music by Roger L. Miller

2 Nephi 10:24

After explaining that they had a choice, Book of Mormon prophet Jacob encouraged his people to seek to do God’s will:  “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.”

Thy Will, O Lord, Be Done

Cantiques Karaoke

text by Frank I Kooyman; music by Robert P. Manookin

2 Nephi 10:24,25

The Book of Mormon records the prayerful desire of the prophet Jacob for his people:  “May God raise you from death by the power of the resurrection, and also from everlasting death by the power of the atonement, that ye may be received into the eternal kingdom of God, that ye may praise Him through grace divine.  Amen.”

God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray

Paul Cardall, concert pianist

text by Frank I. Kooyman; music by Robert P. Manookin

2 Nephi 12:2,3

In the Book of Mormon, Nephi, who loved the words of Isaiah, recorded many of them upon his gold plates.  Writing of these latter days, when the Lord would establish a great and free nation upon the promised land, when that nation would stand above all other nations of the earth, and when the fulness of the gospel would come forth in that nation, Nephi copied from the Brass Plates:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, when the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in His paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

Arise, O Glorious Zion

Young Men and Young Women choir from stakes in Bennion and Taylorsville, Utah USA

This presentation is signed

text by William G. Mills, 1822-1895; music by George Careless

High on the Mountain Top

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

This exuberant rendition is accompanied by beautiful video reenactment footage of building the magnificent holy temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

text by Joel Hills Johnson, 1802-1882; music by Ebenezer Beezley

Behold, the Mountain of the Lord

Max Bradley Adams plays “Behold, the Mountain of the Lord”  on a Steinway organ

text by Michael Bruce; music by Leland B. Sateren

2 Nephi 12:12,13

Nephi and Isaiah tell us that the day of the Lord of Hosts soon cometh upon all nations, and it will be a day of great humbling.

I am the Day


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