Recovering the Missing Record of Lehi

Title

Recovering the Missing Record of Lehi

Book Title

From Jerusalem to Zarahemla: Literary and Historical Studies of the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

3

Year of Publication

1998

Authors

Brown, S. Kent (Primary)

Pagination

28-54

Publisher

Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University

City

Provo, UT

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Bibliographic Citation

Brown, S. Kent. "Recovering the Missing Record of Lehi" In From Jerusalem to Zarahemla: Literary and Historical Studies of the Book of Mormon, 28-54. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1998.

Abstract

Clues in the Book of Mormon beam a light on the missing record of Lehi. Martin Harris lost the original 116-page translation of the Book of Lehi in 1828, and subsequently Joseph Smith received a commandment not to retranslate it. Hence the scope and nature of this text has remained unknown. But through examining quotations and paraphrases found chiefly in Nephi’s recollections of his father’s life, we can identify Lehi’s prophetic call, his visions and dreams, and his prophecies to his children as central pieces of the missing manuscript. Lehi’s vision of the tree of life and his final admonition to his children appear in Nephi’s account as large quotations from this record. Lehi’s teachings also featured other fundamental doctrines, such as opposition in all things and the relationship between the Fall and the Atonement.

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Harris, Martin
Prophecy
Atonement

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