Lehites in Jerusalem and Arabia

Lehi’s Dream

1 Nephi 8:2–4

After some time, Lehi announces that he has had a revelatory dream.

And it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he spake unto us, saying:

“Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision. And behold, because of the thing which I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi and also of Sam; for I have reason to suppose that they, and also many of their seed, will be saved. But behold, Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you; for behold, methought I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilderness.”

1 Nephi 8:4–35

He gives a detailed account of his dream, describing a tree, fruit, his family, an iron rod, a fountain, and a big building.

1 Nephi 8:36–38

Lehi is troubled by the ominous contents of the dream with regards to Laman and Lemuel. He talks to them, and encourages them to be righteous.

And it came to pass after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision, which were many, he said unto us, because of these things which he saw in a vision, he exceedingly feared for Laman and Lemuel; yea, he feared lest they should be cast off from the presence of the Lord. And he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent, that they would hearken to his words, that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them, and not cast them off; yea, my father did preach unto them.

And after he had preached unto them, and also prophesied unto them of many things, he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord; and he did cease speaking unto them.

1 Nephi 10:2–15

Lehi goes on to prophesy about the fate of the Jews and the coming of a Messiah.

For behold, it came to pass after my father had made an end of speaking the words of his dream, and also of exhorting them to all diligence, he spake unto them concerning the Jews—

And after this manner of language did my father prophesy and speak unto my brethren, and also many more things which I do not write in this book; for I have written as many of them as were expedient for me in mine other book.