Nephi thought of other, related reasons. The point is that he did not. Eventually, he was convinced. 4:2, 15; 3 Ne. Nephi began his record by praising his parents and noting that he had been “taught somewhat in all the learning of my father” (1 Nephi 1:1). When they were found by the Nephites years later, their language had become corrupted and they denied their Creator. The repentant Nephites were "confounded, ... [confessed] their sins and were baptized unto repentance, and immediately returned to the Nephites to endeavor to repair unto them the wrongs which they had done." [8], In the same year, 'Nephi delivered up the judgment-seat to a man whose name was Cezoram,' being weary of the iniquity of the people, who consisted more of those choosing evil than those choosing good. He shrunk, he tried to find another way, but ultimately he knew he must obey. For examples of the plain and precious truths restored in the Book of Mormon, see Clyde J. Williams, “Plain and Precious Truths Restored,” Ensign, Oct. 2006, 50–54. He counseled the onlookers to repent and to overcome the attraction of pride and riches. mine elder brother and his family, and Jacob and Joseph my younger brethren, alJ(l also my sisters, and allthost! Nephi was the fourth of six sons of Lehi and Sariah. Except, he is said to have begun "to grow up unto the Lord" in the 48th year of the "reign of the judges", which likely corresponds to 44 BC. Now I’m still not 100% sure of this. This loss would cause many in the latter days to stumble spiritually, and Satan would gain great power over them (see 1 Nephi 13:29, 34). 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After slaying Laban, he dressed in Laban’s clothing and armor and went toward the treasury, where he met Zoram, Laban’s servant. We see in Nephi’s account the very elements that exonerated him from murder and the Lord did indeed appoint a place for him to flee. What Was Jerusalem Like in Lehi’s Time? "[38], texts from within a religion or faith system, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Book of Mormon Index entry on Nephi, son of Helaman, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nephi,_son_of_Helaman&oldid=963442265, Articles lacking reliable references from January 2011, Articles needing more viewpoints from January 2011, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 June 2020, at 20:39. It struck me that it’s not clear Nephi knows about the 2cd temple period and restoration from Babylon. The followed his counsel and received the confession as promised, freeing both Nephi and the five runners from blame. Couldn’t Nephi have just taken Laban’s clothes, retrieved the plates, and then left with Zoram? It’s important to note that when Nephi began this record, he wrote with hindsight. The Lord was directing Nephi in a way that would result in the least loss of life. Come, Follow Me: Book of Mormon (Jan. 13–19). The idea was abhorrent to Nephi, and he resisted. In the many times I have studied and taught this account, I have pondered why Nephi included it. 33 Gee rules out Nfy as a possibility since so far it has not been attested as a name in Egypt at any time period. 12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. His father was Helaman, and his sons include two of the twelve Nephite disciples at the time that Christ visited the Americas. See also [ … Because of the power of God upon Nephi, it appears Zoram had no suspicions. In each case he saw that the outcome for all these people hinged on their acceptance of Jesus Christ. He also explained that the Lamanites, who were traditionally more wicked, would enjoy a better fate in the afterlife, and live longer in the promised land because they had not "sinned against that great knowledge" that the Nephites had received - representing a principle of the accountability that comes with knowledge. "[20], Upon returning to the "land of his nativity", Nephi found the people in a state of "awful wickedness." (See 1 Nephi 4:36. Instead, the outcome was something much greater—it was intended to assist in the deliverance of all mankind. The Story of Nephi (Son of Lehi) Prophet Nephi is one of the central figures described in the Book of Mormon. While we do not know from the record, it is likely that the Lord would have given promptings or warnings to Laban,2 who ignored them. He had, as Nephi noted, defied God’s commandments, stolen Lehi’s property, and sought to kill Nephi and his brothers (see 1 Ne. When Christ appeared to the Nephites as the resurrected Savior, He blessed them, He taught them He prayed with them and for them. [26], Five members of the crowd ran to the judgment-seat to test Nephi's words. How did this happen? I was rereading some of Nephi’s sermons tied to his incipient Christianity. Nephi is the author of the first two books of the Book of Mormon, the First and Second Nephi. It contains many of the plain and precious truths that were on the brass plates and were once in the original record of the Jews, the Bible.4 The brass plates became a source of inspiration for generations of Nephite prophets. [28] Nephi was bound and brought before people, where he was questioned and bribed with money and the sparing of his life. These truths are centered in the Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. According to John Gee, the name "Nephi" might reflect connections between Egypt and Israel at his time. [27] At the burial of the Chief Judge the next day, however, those present at Nephi's garden exonerated the five runners. "[35], After the end of the famine, Nephi continue to lead the Church in the land, to which the majority of the people belonged by 77 ROJ (15 BC). 13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee. What Does the Fruit in Lehi’s Vision Symbolize? It must have become clear to Nephi that without the word of God on the brass plates, his posterity would not have been prepared to meet Christ (see Mosiah 1:3–4). 16:34–35). [15] This was followed by a "voice of perfect mildness" that is said to have pierced "even to the very soul" when it twice times urged the people to repent and not to "destroy my servants whom I have sent unto you to declare good tidings" and once spoke "marvelous words which cannot be uttered by man", interspersed with more earthquakes. Through their preaching, however, "Nephi and Lehi, and many of their brethren who knew concerning the true points of doctrine, having many revelations daily", were able to resolve the disputes. [34] Seeing that the people had repented, Nephi obliged and in 76 ROJ (16 BC) the famine was lifted and the people rejoiced, praised God and they esteemed Nephi "as a great prophet, and a man of God, having great power and authority given unto him from God. [31], After hearing the voice, Nephi turned immediately and began preaching to the scattered multitudes of the Nephites. Right? [36], In 87 ROJ (5 BC), after years of wickedness and the rise to power again of the Gadianton robbers, Samuel the Lamanite prophesied to the Nephites concerning the coming of Christ. Come, Follow Me: Book of Mormon (Jan. 20–26). He is the righteous son of Lehi and Sariah (1 Ne. To me, this is unambiguous and clear. 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