Book of Mormon
Lesson 4
The Things Which I Saw While I Was Carried Away in the Spirit

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand Nephi’s vision of the future and how the warnings and promises in it apply to us today.

Scripture references for study:  1 Nephi 12–14
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Lesson 4 Handout (PDF)

1 Nephi 12

After Lehi had described his dream to his family and prophesied of future events, Nephi desired to know of those things for himself.

Verses 1-3:

Verses 4-5:

Verses 6-10:

Verses 11-12:

Verses 13-23:


1 Nephi 13

Nephi's vision continues, but now moves into the future and away from the scene of destruction, the destruction of his own people.

READ 1 NEPHI 13:4-6. Nephi sees in vision the great and abominable church. 

"And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land." (1 Nephi 13:12)

READ 1 NEPHI 13:13-19. Nephi beholds future events upon the American continent.

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that they did prosper in the land; and I beheld a book, and it was carried forth among them." (1 Nephi 13:20)

1 Nephi 14

READ 1 NEPHI 14:1-7. Blessings and cursings upon the Gentiles.

Destiny Of The Gentiles
1 Nephi 14:1-7



The Lord will be manifest to them in power, in word, and in deed (v1).

The Lord will remove their stumbling blocks (v1).

They shall be numbered among the house of Israel (v2).

They shall be a blessed people upon the promised land forever (v2).

They shall not be brought down into captivity (v2).

They shall be cast into the pit which they have helped dig, to their utter destruction (v3).

Those who repent not shall perish (v5).

They shall be brought into captivity and destruction, spiritually and temporally (v7).

READ 1 NEPHI 14:10-14. There are save two churches only.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the things which Nephi beheld while he was carried away in the spirit. What does the restoration of truth through Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon mean to your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

A More Excellent Way by Neal A. Maxwell.

But for a Small Moment by Neal A. Maxwell.

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, vols. 2 & 3, by Bruce R. McConkie.

History of the Church by Joseph Smith (HC).

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Since Cumorah by Hugh Nibley.

Studies In Scripture, vol. 7,  edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

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