Nephi’s Vision

Nephi’s Meeting With the Spirit of the Lord

1 Nephi 11:1

Nephi is spiritually taken to the top of a mountain.

…I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain, which I never had before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot.

1 Nephi 11:2–3

He meets the Spirit of God, who asks him what he wants—Nephi says he wants to see what his father saw.

And the Spirit said unto me:

“Behold, what desirest thou?”

and I said:

“I desire to behold the things
which my father saw.”

1 Nephi 11:4–5

The Spirit asks Nephi if he believes his father’s words. Nephi does.

And the Spirit said unto me:

“Believest thou that thy father saw
the tree of which he hath spoken?”

And I said:

“Yea, thou knowest that I believe
all the words of my father.”

1 Nephi 11:6–7

The Spirit praises God and commends Nephi for his faith.

And when I had spoken these words, the Spirit cried with a loud voice, saying:

“Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God over all the earth, yea, even above all. And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the Most High God; wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired.

“And behold this thing shall be given unto thee for a sign, that after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit which thy father tasted, thou shalt also behold a man descending out of heaven, and him shall ye witness; and after ye have witnessed him ye shall bear record that it is the Son of God.”

1 Nephi 11:8–9

Nephi sees the tree that Lehi saw.

And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me:


And I looked and beheld a tree; and it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; and the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow. And it came to pass after I had seen the tree, I said unto the Spirit:

“I behold thou hast shown unto me
the tree which is precious above all.”

1 Nephi 11:10–11

Nephi asks to know what the tree represents.

And he said unto me:

“What desirest thou?”

And I said unto him:

“To know the interpretation thereof—”

For I spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another.

1 Nephi 11:12

The Spirit suddenly disappears.

And it came to pass that he said unto me:


And I looked as if to look upon him, and I saw him not; for he had gone from before my presence.