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

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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 perished. Notwithstanding
our afflictions, we have obtained
a land of promise, a land which is choice
above all other lands. Wherefore, this land
is consecrated unto him whom the
Lord shall bring. And if they shall keep
His commandments they shall be blessed
upon the face of this land. But behold,
when the time cometh that they shall
dwindle in unbelief, after they have received
great blessings from the Lord— if the day shall come that they
will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah, their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments
of Him that is just shall rest upon them. -Father doesn’t know
what he’s saying. -Awake! and arise
from the dust, and hear the words
of a trembling parent. My heart hath been
weighed down with sorrow, for I have feared, lest for
the hardness of your hearts that the Lord your
God should come out in the fulness of
His wrath upon you, that ye be cut off and destroyed forever. Rebel no more
against your brother, whose views have been glorious, and who hath been an instrument in the hands of God, in bringing us forth
into the land of promise; for were it not for him, we must have perished
with hunger in the wilderness; nevertheless, ye sought
to take away his life; yea, and he hath suffered
much sorrow because of you. If ye will not hearken unto him I take away my first blessing, and it shall rest upon him. And now, Jacob. Father? I speak unto you: Thou art my firstborn in the days of my
tribulation in the wilderness. Thou knowest the
greatness of God; and He shall consecrate
thine afflictions for thy gain. I know that thou art redeemed, because of the righteousness
of thy Redeemer. Thou hast beheld in thy youth
His glory; and the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. The way is prepared
from the fall of man, and salvation is free. Men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. By the temporal law
they were cut off; by the spiritual law they perish from
that which is good, and they become miserable forever. Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for He is full of grace and truth. Behold, He offereth Himself
a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who
have a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Wherefore, how great the importance
to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth. Jacob, there is no flesh that can
dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down His life
according to the flesh, and taketh it again by
the power of the Spirit, that He may bring to pass
the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. For it must needs be, that there is an
opposition in all things. But Father, why? If not so, righteousness could not
be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. The Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. According to the things
which I have read, an angel of God had
fallen from heaven; wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that
which was evil before God. And because he had
fallen from heaven, and had become
miserable forever, he sought also the
misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die,
but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil. After Adam and Eve had
partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out
of the garden of Eden, to till the earth. And they have
brought forth children. Tell them why this had to be. If Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained
in the garden of Eden. And they would have
had no children; wherefore they would have
remained in a state of innocence, having no joy,
for they knew no misery; doing no good,
for they knew no sin. Adam fell that men might be; and men are,
that they might have joy. And the Messiah cometh
in the fulness of time, that He may redeem
the children of men from the fall. Wherefore, men are free
according to the flesh. And they are free to choose
liberty and eternal life, through the great
Mediator of all men, or to choose
captivity and death, according to the captivity
and power of the devil. My sons, I would that ye should
look to the great Mediator, and be faithful
unto His words, and choose eternal life, according to the will
of His Holy Spirit. Joseph … I now speak unto you,
Joseph, my last-born. Thou art the fruit of my loins; and I am a descendant of Joseph who was carried
captive into Egypt. Who could interpret
dreams for Pharaoh! Yes, and you share his name. Joseph truly said: Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins. And he shall be great
like unto Moses. And unto him will I give power to bring forth my word unto the seed of thy loins. And thus prophesied
Joseph, saying: His name shall be
called after me; and it shall be the
name of his father. And by the power of the Lord he shall bring my
people unto salvation. Laman, Lemuel, I desire to speak to your children. My sons and my daughters, I cannot go down to my grave save I should leave a
blessing upon you; for behold, I know that if ye are
brought up in the way ye should go ye will not depart from it. Wherefore, because of my blessing the Lord God will not
suffer that ye shall perish; wherefore, He will be
merciful unto you and unto your seed forever. Thou shalt not
utterly be destroyed; but in the end thy seed shall be blessed.

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