|18:1 And it
came to pass that they did worship the Lord, and did go
forth with me; and we did work timbers of curious
workmanship. And the Lord did show me from time to time
after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship.
|18:2 Now I,
Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which
was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after
the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner
which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not
after the manner of men.
|18:3 And I,
Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto
the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things.
|18:4 And it
came to pass that after I had finished the ship,
according to the word of the Lord, my brethren beheld
that it was good, and that the workmanship thereof was
exceedingly fine; wherefore, they did humble themselves
again before the Lord.
|18:5 And it
came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my
father, that we should arise and go down into the ship.
|18:6 And it
came to pass that on the morrow, after we had prepared
all things, much fruits and meat from the wilderness, and
honey in abundance, and provisions according to that
which the Lord had commanded us, we did go down into the
ship, with all our loading and our seeds, and whatsoever
thing we had brought with us, every one according to his
age; wherefore, we did all go down into the ship, with
our wives and our children.
now, my father had begat two sons in the wilderness; the
elder was called Jacob and the younger Joseph.
|18:8 And it
came to pass after we had all gone down into the ship,
and had taken with us our provisions and things which had
been commanded us, we did put forth into the sea and were
driven forth before the wind towards the promised land.
after we had been driven forth before the wind for the
space of many days, behold, my brethren and the sons of
Ishmael and also their wives began to make themselves
merry, insomuch that they began to dance, and to sing,
and to speak with much rudeness, yea, even that they did
forget by what power they had been brought thither; yea,
they were lifted up unto exceeding rudeness.
I, Nephi, began to fear exceedingly lest the Lord should
be angry with us, and smite us because of our iniquity,
that we should be swallowed up in the depths of the sea;
wherefore, I, Nephi, began to speak to them with much
soberness; but behold they were angry with me, saying: We
will not that our younger brother shall be a ruler over
it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel did take me and
bind me with cords, and they did treat me with much
harshness; nevertheless, the Lord did suffer it that he
might show forth his power, unto the fulfilling of his
word which he had spoken concerning the wicked.
it came to pass that after they had bound me insomuch
that I could not move, the compass,
which had been prepared of the Lord, did cease to work.
Wherefore, they knew not whither they should steer the
ship, insomuch that there arose a great storm, yea, a
great and terrible tempest, and we were driven back upon
the waters for the space of three days; and they began to
be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned in
the sea; nevertheless they did not loose me.
on the fourth day, which we had been driven back, the
tempest began to be exceedingly sore.
it came to pass that we were about to be swallowed up in
the depths of the sea. And after we had been driven back
upon the waters for the space of four days, my brethren
began to see that the judgments of God were upon them,
and that they must perish save that they should repent of
their iniquities; wherefore, they came unto me, and
loosed the bands which were upon my wrists, and behold
they had swollen exceedingly; and also mine ankles were
much swollen, and great was the soreness thereof.
Nevertheless, I did look unto my God, and I did praise
him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the
Lord because of mine afflictions.
my father, Lehi, had said many things unto them, and also
unto the sons of Ishmael; but, behold, they did breathe
out much threatenings against anyone that should speak
for me; and my parents being stricken in years, and
having suffered much grief because of their children,
they were brought down, yea, even upon their sick-beds.
Because of their grief and much sorrow, and the iniquity
of my brethren, they were brought near even to be carried
out of this time to meet their God; yea, their grey hairs
were about to be brought down to lie low in the dust;
yea, even they were near to be cast with sorrow into a
Jacob and Joseph also, being young, having need of much
nourishment, were grieved because of the afflictions of
their mother; and also my wife with her tears and
prayers, and also my children, did not soften the hearts
of my brethren that they would loose me.
there was nothing save it were the power of God, which
threatened them with destruction, could soften their
hearts; wherefore, when they saw that they were about to
be swallowed up in the depths of the sea they repented of
the thing which they had done, insomuch that they loosed
it came to pass after they had loosed me, behold, I took
the compass, and it did work
whither I desired it. And it came to pass that I prayed
unto the Lord; and after I had prayed the winds did
cease, and the storm did cease, and there was a great
it came to pass that I, Nephi, did guide the ship, that
we sailed again towards the promised land.
it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of
many days we did arrive at the promised land; and we went
forth upon the land, and did pitch our tents; and we did
call it the promised land.
it came to pass that we did begin to till the earth, and
we began to plant seeds; yea, we did put all our seeds
into the earth, which we had brought from the land of
Jerusalem. And it came to pass that they did grow
exceedingly; wherefore, we were blessed in abundance.
it came to pass that we did find upon the land of
promise, as we journeyed in the wilderness, that there
were beasts in the forests of every kind, both the cow
and the ox, and the ass and the horse, and the goat and
the wild goat, and all manner of wild animals, which were
for the use of men. And we did find all manner of ore,
both of gold, and of silver, and of copper.
No cows, oxen (domesticated bulls) or goats existed in
the New World until the arrival of the Conquistadores.
Horse remains and fossils have been found in the
Americas, but they are generally thought to predate the
arrival of man. No North or South american natives made
use of the horse until the fifteenth century AD.