posted by cheryljunegirl
I guess the biggest question I have is why is the chapter placed here in the Book of Mormon? I have noticed a pattern that Nephi seems to tell us that he is not giving us a full account of his father’s record after he finishes telling us about what his father has prophesied. In 1 Nephi Chapter 2, Nephi records the visions his father had and then in verse 16, writes “I do not give a full account of the things my father has written”. In 1 Nephi Chapter 3 we learn that Lehi had a dream where the Lord commanded him to have Nephi and his brethren return to Jerusalem. We are not given details of this dream, however, and Nephi does NOT write that he is not giving us a full account of his father’s record. In 1 Nephi Chapter 5 we learn that Lehi received and searched the plates of brass he prophecied concerning his seed. Nephi follows this prophecy with Chapter 6 that again states he is not giving us a full account of his father’s writings. We will see this pattern again in Chapter 9. Chapter 8 is all about Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life and then in Chapter 9 he again writes that his father did “see and hear and speak…a great many more things which cannot be written upon these plates”. Soooooooo, my question is, why did Nephi do this? Why was it seemingly so important for him to let us repeatedly know that he was not including all the writings of his father? Did he think we might have the writings of his father and compare them to his and think there was a discrepancy? Was it really important to let us know that this was his, Nephi’s record, and not his father’s for these smaller plates? He writes in Chapter 6, “the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write”. Did he feel that some of his father’s writing included this? Or do you think that Nephi kind of interrupts the record after his father’s prophecies to give us a moment to ponder them before going on? Just wondering and would love to hear what you all think about this.