Account of the Reign and Ministry of Nephi
composed ca. 570 bc
And now I, Nephi, proceed to give an account upon these plates of my proceedings, and my reign and ministry. Wherefore, to proceed with mine account, I must speak somewhat of the things of my father, and also of my brethren.
For behold, it came to pass after my father had made an end of speaking the words of his dream, and also of exhorting them to all diligence, he spake unto them concerning the Jews — that after they should be destroyed, even that great city Jerusalem, and many be carried away captive into Babylon, according to the own due time of the Lord — they should return again, yea, even be brought back out of captivity. And after they should be brought back out of captivity, they should possess again the land of inheritance.
Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews — even a messiah. Or, in other words, a savior of the world.
And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified of these things, concerning this messiah, of whom he had spoken, or this redeemer of the world. Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this redeemer. And he spake also concerning a prophet who should come before the messiah to prepare the way of the Lord. Yea, even he should go forth and cry in the wilderness:
Prepare ye the way of the Lord! And make his paths straight!
For there standeth one among you whom ye know not.
And he is mightier than I, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
And much spake my father concerning this thing. And my father said he should baptize in Bethabara, beyond Jordan. And he also spake that he should baptize with water, even that he should baptize the messiah with water. And after he had baptized the messiah with water, he should behold and bear record that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who should take away the sins of the world.
And it came to pass after my father had spoken these words he spake unto my brethren concerning the gospel which should be preached among the Jews, and also concerning the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief. And after they had slain the messiah, who should come, and after he had been slain he should rise from the dead, and should make himself manifest by the Holy Ghost unto the Gentiles. Yea, even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles and also concerning the House of Israel. That they should be compared like unto an olive-tree, whose branches should be broken off and should be scattered upon all the face of the earth. Wherefore, he said,
It must needs be that we should be led with one accord into
The Land of Promise, unto the fulfilling of the word of the Lord:
That we should be scattered upon all the face of the earth. And
After the House of Israel should be scattered they should be
Gathered together again. Or, in fine, after the Gentiles had
Received the Fullness of the Gospel, the natural branches
Of the olive-tree, or the remnants of the House of Israel should be
Grafted in. Or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah,
Their lord and their redeemer.
And after this manner of language did my father prophesy and speak unto my brethren, and also many more things which I do not write in this book. For I have written as many of them as were expedient for me in mine other book.
And all these things, of which I have spoken, were done as my father dwelt in a tent, in the Valley of Lemuel.