Lehi Gives His Family a Final Blessing | 2 Nephi 1–4 | Book of Mormon

What are you doing? Joseph, the Lord has commanded me to make plates of ore for the instruction of our people. Nephi, Jacob, everyone come. Your father wishes to speak to you. I have seen a vision, in which I know that Jerusalem is destroyed; and had we remained in Jerusalem we should also have […]

Lehi Invites His Family to Partake of the Fruit of the Tree | 1 Nephi 8:12–18 | Book of Mormon

As I partook of the fruit, it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit. And as I cast my eyes round about that perhaps I might discover my family also. […]

Lehi Sees a Vision of the Tree of Life | 1 Nephi 8 | Book of Mormon

Sam…Sam. My sons, wake up. Come to my tent. Is it even dawn yet? I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision. And because of the thing I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi and also of Sam; I have reason to […]

How Does “Fictive Kinship” Help Us Understand The Book of Mormon? (Knowhy #382)

The practice of claiming to have a family connection to someone else, even though they are not closely related, is known as “fictive kinship” and it was a common practice in the ancient world. For example, in the Bible, the Israelites were divided into twelve tribes. However, there were more people in ancient Israel than […]

Nephi Is Led by the Spirit to Obtain the Plates of Brass | 1 Nephi 3–5 | Book of Mormon

Father? Yes, Nephi, come in. Come in; sit with me. The Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem. Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of my forefathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass. Thou and thy brothers should go unto the house […]

Lehi Testifies of the Importance of Scripture | 1 Nephi 5:10–22 | Book of Mormon

They contain the five books of Moses! And an account of Adam and Eve, our first parents. Also, the prophecies of the holy prophets. Yes, and more. Look! The genealogy of my fathers. I am a descendent of Joseph, even that same Joseph who was the son of Jacob, who was sold into Egypt. The […]

Nephi Commits to Obtain the Sacred Records | 1 Nephi 3:1–8 | Book of Mormon

Which of us shall go? Laman, as the eldest, you have always claimed the right and privilege of being the first among us. We will cast lots. As I said … We await word of your success. -Oh, please, sit, sit. -Thank you … Zoram, fetch this man some wine. that will not be necessary. […]

Laman Attempts to Obtain the Sacred Records | 1 Nephi 3:9–13 | Book of Mormon

Seems you did not fare so well. At least I am alive. He called me a robber and threatened to slay me! Now what shall we do? We return to our father in the wilderness. We will not go down to our father in the wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which the Lord […]

What is the Mormon Religion?

Hello! Do you have a moment to talk about the Church of Jesus Christ… of latter day saints? Didn’t I already make this joke? *checking phone* yes I have… well sh- Today we’re going to talk about Mormonism, a religion that very much marches to its own tune, and given a peek at what kind […]

Why Does the Book of Ether Begin with Such a Long Genealogy? (Knowhy #235)

The Book of Ether begins with a royal genealogy that descends in reverse chronological order from the last ruler named Ether, back to the first, named Jared. Such a long genealogy is unusual for the Book of Mormon, but it was likely written this way because it serves as a template for the rest of […]