Most Latter Day Saints are familiar with the Book of Mormon and more specifically the Book of Nephi. However, for those new to the faith and those who are just coming in contact with our religion for the first time, the Book of Mormon can be a little confusing with its language and story line (mainly because they’re not stories that are commonly told throughout the general population like Moses and Noah). So we decided that we would provide a summary of the various parts of the Book of Mormon in an entertaining but hopefully educational way for those who are unfamiliar with these stories. So without any further ado here is the summary of the Book of Nephi.
The Lord warns Lehi that wicked individuals are wanting to
because he keeps on telling them the truth about their wickedness. So his family takes a journey into the wilderness until they realize that they need to get the “brass plates” or the record of the Jews. So Lehi asks his sons to go back to Jerusalem to get the plates and the entire time Laman and Lemuel were like
and Nephi was like
They go to get the plates and Laman asks Laban (who is the bad dude that has the plates) if they can have the plates and Laban’s like
and Laman’s like
They go up a second time, offering all of their gold and silver from their house that they had left and Laban’s still like
and they’re like
Laman and Lemuel were angry with Nephi and starting hitting him with a rod. But then an angel of the Lord appeared and said
So they did but they were still complaining as they didn’t know how to go about getting the plates.
They go up again and this time Nephi finds Laban completely drunk. He is prompted by the Spirit to kill Laban as it is better for one man to die than an entire nation dwindle in unbelief. They take the plates, convince Zoram (who is a servant of Laban) to come with them and head back to the wilderness. When they get back, Lehi and Sariah were like
and started praising the Lord for the safe return of her children. The Lord comes back to Lehi and tells him that they need to go back to Jerusalem and pick up Ishmael and his family to bring them along as well. So now they are all in the wilderness and Lehi has his famous (at least within the church) vision of the Tree of Life. In this vision, Lehi sees a tree that had fruit that was desirable and he wanted his family to have some as well. He looks and well basically Laman and Lamuel go into this “great and spacious building” basically meaning that they are feeling like
and Nephi, Sariah and Sam partake of the fruit. He sees a lot of people starting on the path to this tree but they soon run into a “mist of darkness.” Those who were not holding onto the “Iron Rod” which led to the tree ended up being lost in this mist.
So as they continue to go through the wilderness, Nephi continues to receive multiple visions. Lehi’s sons marry the daughters of Ishmael and they find a spiritual compass called the “Liahona” that tells them where to go so long as they follow the commandments of God.
Nephi is commanded to build a ship and his brothers Laman and Lemuel doubted that he could do it but Nephi knew that he could. So basically it’s summed up as
Jacob and Joseph are born (sons of Lehi) and they go into the sea. The sons of Ishmael and their wives join in rebellion against Nephi and they bind him up and as they do a terrible tempest came
and they were like
and the sea becomes still again. They continue to journey until they eventually reach the “promised land” here in the Americas.
If you liked this summation, you’ll love the many doctrines actually taught in 1 Nephi. Definitely worth the read. 🙂