Lehi’s Prophecies and Counsel to His Family

Words to Joseph

2 Nephi 3:1

Lehi addresses Joseph, who was born in the wilderness.

And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my last–born. Thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions; yea, in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee.

2 Nephi 3:2

May this land be consecrated as an inheritance to you, Joseph, so long as you keep the commandments.

And may the Lord consecrate also unto thee this land, which is a most precious land, for thine inheritance and the inheritance of thy seed with thy brethren, for thy security forever, if it so be that ye shall keep the commandments of the Holy One of Israel.

2 Nephi 3:3–4

May the Lord bless you that your posterity be preserved; we are descendants of Joseph of Egypt.

And now, Joseph, my last–born, whom I have brought out of the wilderness of mine afflictions, may the Lord bless thee forever, for thy seed shall not utterly be destroyed. For behold, thou art the fruit of my loins; and I am a descendant of Joseph who was carried captive into Egypt.

2 Nephi 3:4–5

Joseph saw our day, and saw a righteous branch from his posterity who would know of the Messiah.

And great were the covenants of the Lord which he made unto Joseph. Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.

2 Nephi 3:6

Joseph prophesies of a choice seer that would descend from him.

For Joseph truly testified, saying:

“A seer shall the Lord my God raise up,
who shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins.”

2 Nephi 3:7–13

Joseph said that this choice seer would bring to light ancient covenants, and restore them.

Yea, Joseph truly said:

2 Nephi 3:14–15

Joseph prophesied that this seer will be blessed, and will be named after himself, and also bear the name of his father.

And thus prophesied Joseph, saying:

2 Nephi 3:16–21

Joseph prophesied that this seer will be as Moses, will have spokesman, and will cry repentance to his descendants.

Yea, thus prophesied Joseph:

2 Nephi 3:22–23

Because of this covenant, Joseph, you are blessed, and you posterity will will hearken to these words, and be preserved.

And now, behold, my son Joseph, after this manner did my father of old prophesy. Wherefore, because of this covenant thou art blessed; for thy seed shall not be destroyed, for they shall hearken unto the words of the book.

2 Nephi 3:24

A mighty one will be among your descendants, and will work mighty wonders in bringing about a restoration.

And there shall rise up one mighty among them, who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in the hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders, and do that thing which is great in the sight of God, unto the bringing to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren.

2 Nephi 3:25

Listen to your brother Nephi, and you will be blessed.

And now, blessed art thou, Joseph. Behold, thou art little; wherefore hearken unto the words of thy brother, Nephi, and it shall be done unto thee even according to the words which I have spoken. Remember the words of thy dying father. Amen.