The Book of Mormon
THE FIRST BOOK OF NEPHI
HIS REIGN AND MINISTRY
An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah and his four sons, being called, (beginning at the
eldest) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land
of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity and they
seek to destroy his life. He taketh three days' journey into the wilderness with his family.
Nephi taketh his brethren and returneth to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the
Jews. The account of their sufferings. They take the daughters of Ishmael to wife. They
take their families and depart into the wilderness. Their sufferings and afflictions in the
wilderness. The course of their travels. They come to the large waters. Nephi's brethren
rebel against him. He confoundeth them, and buildeth a ship. They call the name of the
place Bountiful. They cross the large waters into the promised land, and so forth. This is
according to the account of Nephi; or in other words, I, Nephi, wrote this record.
1 Nephi 1
1 Nephi 1:1
1 I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all
the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days,
nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a
great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of
my proceedings in my days.
1 Nephi 1:2
2 Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the
Jews and the language of the Egyptians.
1 Nephi 1:3
3 And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand;
and I make it according to my knowledge.
1 Nephi 1:4
4 For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah,
king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that
same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent,
or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.
1 Nephi 1:5
5 Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord,
yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people.