1 Nephi 8

Introduction to Lehi's Vision

In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Lehi received this vision in a dream during his exile in the wilderness. He awoke and recounted it to his children as described in the 8th chapter of the First Book of Nephi. According to the Book of Mormon chronology, this vision occurred between 600 and 592 B.C.[citation needed] Lehi's son Nephi, recorded the vision on the golden plates, and later had the same vision, albeit a more detailed version, which he records later in the same book. Nephi's vision also included an interpretation of the vision.

In the vision, Lehi related that he saw several objects, including the following:
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1. A tree with white fruit, symbolizing the Love of God, and by extension, the Atonement of Jesus.
2. A straight and narrow path, symbolizing the path to salvation.[citation needed]page name
3. A rod of iron which runs along the path, symbolizing the "word of God".
4. A mist of darkness, symbolizing the temptations of the Devil.
5. A great and spacious building, symbolizing the pride of the world.

Lehi sees in the vision that his sons Sam and Nephi, and his wife Sariah partake of the white fruit, indicating that they will be saved. He sees that his sons Laman and Lemuel do not partake of the fruit.

Izapa Stela 5

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Izapa Stella 5 is one of a number of large, carved stelae found in the ancient Mesoamerican site of Izapa, in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, Mexico along the present-day Guatemalan border. These stelae date from roughly 300 BCE to 50 or 100 BCE, although some argue for dates as late as 250 CE.

Also known as the "Tree of Life" stone, the complex religious imagery of Izapa Stela 5 has led to different theories and speculations concerning its subject matter, particularly those involving Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact. Though discovered and documented first in the 1930s, the stone is particularly noteworthy because of the controversy created by the proposition by Professor M. Wells Jakeman in 1953 that the stone was a record of the Book of Mormon tree of life vision.

Brigham Young University Archeology chair and Professor M. Wells Jakeman proposed that the bas-relief image was a representation of Lehi's dream of the tree of life in the Book of Mormon. Jakeman published multiple interpretations and theories about the stone during his lifetime and the Lehi theory quickly filtered through Mormon culture.

In support of Jakeman's speculation - a tree, a body of water, and a number of people are clearly present in the stela, as in the Book of Mormon story. "Latter-day Saints have either accepted or rejected Jakeman's proposal to varying degrees."

Some Latter-day Saint researchers have claimed that the six figures at the level of the tree represent Lehi's family at the time of the vision, from left to right: Sariah, Lehi, Laman, Lemuel, Sam and Nephi. Four of the six figures are facing the tree, representing those who ate of the fruit in Lehi's vision, and the Laman and Lemuel figures are facing away representing their rejection of the tree. Many other parallels have been drawn between the symbology on this stone and Lehi's vision related in the Book of Mormon.

1 Nephi 8:1

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And it came to pass that we had gathered together all manner of seeds of every kind, both of grain of every kind, and also of the seeds of fruit of every kind.

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1 Nephi 8:2

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And it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he spake unto us, saying: Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision.

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1 Nephi 8:3

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And behold, because of the thing which I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi and also of Sam; for I have reason to suppose that they, and also many of their seed, will be saved.

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1 Nephi 8:4

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But behold, Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you; for behold, methought I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilderness.

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1 Nephi 8:5

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And it came to pass that I saw a man, and he was dressed in a white robe; and he came and stood before me.

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1 Nephi 8:6

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And it came to pass that he spake unto me, and bade me follow him.

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1 Nephi 8:7

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And it came to pass that as I followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark and dreary waste.

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1 Nephi 8:8

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And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies.

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1 Nephi 8:9

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And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious field.

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1 Nephi 8:10

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And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.

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1 Nephi 8:11

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And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.

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1 Nephi 8:12

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And as I partook of the fruit thereof 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.

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1 Nephi 8:13

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And as I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, I beheld a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was partaking the fruit.

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1 Nephi 8:14

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And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I saw the head thereof a little way off; and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi; and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go.

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1 Nephi 8:15

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And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit.

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1 Nephi 8:16

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And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also.

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1 Nephi 8:17

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And it came to pass that I was desirous that Laman and Lemuel should come and partake of the fruit also; wherefore, I cast mine eyes towards the head of the river, that perhaps I might see them.

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1 Nephi 8:18

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And it came to pass that I saw them, but they would not come unto me and partake of the fruit.

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1 Nephi 8:19

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And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood.

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1 Nephi 8:20

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And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world.

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1 Nephi 8:21

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And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood.

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1 Nephi 8:22

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And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree.

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1 Nephi 8:23

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And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost.

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1 Nephi 8:24

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And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.

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1 Nephi 8:25

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And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.

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1 Nephi 8:26

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And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.

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1 Nephi 8:27

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And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.

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1 Nephi 8:28

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And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.

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1 Nephi 8:29

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And now I, Nephi, do not speak all the words of my father.

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1 Nephi 8:30

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But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.

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1 Nephi 8:31

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And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building.

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1 Nephi 8:32

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And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads.

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1 Nephi 8:33

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And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not.

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1 Nephi 8:34

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These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away.

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1 Nephi 8:35

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And Laman and Lemuel partook not of the fruit, said my father.

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1 Nephi 8:36

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And it came to pass after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision, which were many, he said unto us, because of these things which he saw in a vision, he exceedingly feared for Laman and Lemuel; yea, he feared lest they should be cast off from the presence of the Lord.

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1 Nephi 8:37

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And he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent, that they would hearken to his words, that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them, and not cast them off; yea, my father did preach unto them.

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1 Nephi 8:38

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And after he had preached unto them, and also prophesied unto them of many things, he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord; and he did cease speaking unto them.

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