Recovering the Missing Record of Lehi

Title

Recovering the Missing Record of Lehi

Book Title

A Book of Mormon Treasury: Gospel Insights from General Authorities and Religious Educators

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

10

Year of Publication

2003

Authors

Brown, S. Kent (Primary)

Pagination

144-172

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 A Book of Mormon Treasury: Gospel Insights from General Authorities and Religious Educators, 144-172. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.

Abstract

The Book of Mormon teems with references to works known by its compilers and authors but not included in its final collection of texts. Documents comprising the plates of brass, for instance, are mentioned merely in passing. Further, Mormon alludes to a substantial collection from which he distilled the nearly thousand-year history of his people. These countless unnamed texts, moreover, do not include the so-called “sealed plates,” which formed part of what was entrusted to Joseph Smith but remained untranslated. Among these accounts, the record of Lehi is singled out by name. It constituted both a major source behind and an important influence on the writings of Lehi’s two literary sons, Nephi and Jacob. In fact, a hint exists that Lehi’s record-keeping served as a model for scribes in later centuries. Furthermore, a surprising amount of information exists that allows us to determine substantially the content and compass of Lehi’s record.
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