CHAPTER 5

Sariah complains against Lehi—Both rejoice over the return of their sons—They offer sacrifices—The plates of brass contain writings of Moses and the prophets—The plates identify Lehi as a descendant of Joseph—Lehi prophesies concerning his seed and the preservation of the plates.

1 When we had finally made it to our father in the wilderness, he was filled with joy, and our mother was elated, as she had grieved because of our absence,

2 supposing that we had died in the wilderness. And she also complained against my father, telling him he was a visionary man, saying, “Look at what you’ve done, you’ve led us all the way out here from our home and inheritance, my sons are gone, and we wither away in the wilderness!”

3 And such was the way my mother complained against my father.

4 “I know I’m a visionary man,” my father replied, “because if I hadn’t seen the things of God in a vision, I would not come to know the goodness of God, and I would have stayed in Jerusalem and died with my brethren.

5 But look, I’ve obtained a land of promise, for which I rejoice. And furthermore I know that the Lord will deliver our sons out of the hands of Laban and bring them back to us.”

6 And such was the way Lehi spoke to comfort Sariah about me and my brothers’ journey to obtain the brass plates.

7 So when we returned to my father’s tent, their joy was full, and my mother was comforted.

8 “Now I really do know that the Lord has commanded my husband to flee into the wilderness,” my mother said, “and indeed I really know that the Lord has protected my sons and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, giving them power to accomplish what the Lord has commanded them.”

9 And they rejoiced greatly and offered sacrifice and burnt offerings to the Lord, giving thanks to the God of Israel.

10 After they had given thanks to God, my father took the records on the brass plates and began searching through them from the beginning.

11 And he found that they contained the five books of Moses, which gave an account of the creation of the world, along with Adam and Eve, who were our first parents.

12 They also contained a record of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah,

13 the prophecies of the holy prophets, also from the beginning and down to the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah, along with many prophecies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah.

14 Then my father found a genealogy of his ancestors, by which he learned that he was a descendant of Joseph, being that Joseph who was the son of Jacob, was sold into slavery in Egypt, and was preserved by the Lord’s hand, that he might preserve his father, Jacob, and all his family from dying by famine.

15 They were also led out of their captivity in Egypt by the same God who had preserved them.

16 Lehi also discovered that Laban was a descendant of Joseph, and thus he and his ancestors had kept the records.

17 When my father had seen all these things, he was filled with the Spirit and began to prophesy about his descendants,

18 prophesying that these brass plates should go to all nations, races, languages, and people who were his descendants.

19 Thus he said that these brass plates should never perish, neither dimmed any more by time, and he prophesied many things about his descendants.

20 And thus far my father and I had kept the commandments that the Lord gave us.

21 We obtained the records which the Lord commanded us and found that they were desirable as we searched them, as they had such great worth to us that we could preserve the Lord’s commandments to our children.

22 Thus it was wisdom in the Lord that we should take them with us as we journeyed in the wilderness towards the land of promise.

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