Since It's been a while since I've blogged the BOM, I suppose I'd better review what's happened so far in 1 Nephi.
- Chapter 1: God tells Lehi and his family to get the hell out of Jerusalem.
- Chapter 2: So they travel to Arabia on the shore of the Red Sea.
- Chapter 3: But then they remember that they forgot to bring Lehi's brass plates.
- Chapter 4: So Lehi's sons return to Jerusalem, murder Laban and steal his plates.
- Chapter 5: Lehi reads the plates and finds out that he's a descendant of Joseph.
- Chapter 6: Nephi says nothing in particular.
- Chapter 7: When they get back their to camp on the Red Sea, they remember that they forgot to bring any women along. So they go back to to Jerusalem get some.
- Chapter 8: After they get back from their women-hunting trip, Lehi sees a magic tree and prophesies about Jesus and the apostles and pretty much everything Joseph Smith could think of at the time.
- Chapter 9: Nephi names his plates.
- Chapter 10: Lehi prophesies about Jesus and John the Baptist 600 years before they were born.
OK, now that we're all caught up, let's see what happens next. (I know the suspense is killing you.)
Well, the first thing that comes to pass is that Nephi ponders his dad's imaginary tree, gets caught up in the spirit of the Lord, and is transported to an exceedingly high mountain.
For it came to pass after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain, which I never had before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot. 1 Nephi 11:1
And then he has a conversation with his new-found spirit friend.
The spirit asked him what he wanted.
And the Spirit said unto me: Behold, what desirest thou? 1 Nephi 11:2
Nephi said he'd like to see some of the shit his dad saw.
And I said: I desire to behold the things which my father saw. 1 Nephi 11:3
The spirit asked Nephi if he believed that his dad saw the tree?
And the Spirit said unto me: Believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken? 1 Nephi 11:4
Nephi said that he believed all the crazy shit his dad said.
And I said: Yea, thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father. 1 Nephi 11:5
When the spirit heard Nephi's words, it started screaming.
And when I had spoken these words, the Spirit cried with a loud voice, saying: Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God over all the earth, yea, even above all. And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the most high God; wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired.1 Nephi 11:6-7
The spirit shouted that because Nephi believes in his dad's cool tree, Jesus would come down from heaven to visit him. (Jesus believes in Lehi's tree, too.)
And behold this thing shall be given unto thee for a sign, that after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit which thy father tasted, thou shalt also behold a man descending out of heaven, and him shall ye witness; and after ye have witnessed him ye shall bear record that it is the Son of God. 1 Nephi 11:7
And then it came to pass that the spirit showed Nephi his dad's magic fruit tree. It was exceedingly white, too. It was like the whitest thing he'd ever seen.
And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me: Look! And I looked and beheld a tree; and it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; and the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow. 1 Nephi 11:8
Nephi and the spirit chatted for a while, and then the spirit showed him the virgin Mary. And darn if she wasn't exceedingly white, as well. (Being white is an exceedingly good thing in the Book of Mormon.)
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white. 1 Nephi 11:13
After the spirit showed Nephi the exceedingly white tree and virgin, it blathered on a bit about "the condescension of God" and whatnot. Then it told Nephi that the white virgin "is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh."
And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh. 1 Nephi 11:18
(Does this mean that God the Father had sex with Mary "after the manner of the flesh?")
Then the spirit (or its angel sidekick) showed Nephi all the shit his dad saw and more. Jesus, Mary, John the Baptist, the twelve apostles, Lehi's iron rod, the large and spacious building, angels, devils, the condescension of God, the wisdom of the world -- the works.
And the shit continues to fly into the next chapter. But I'll save that for later.
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