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Come, Follow Me 2024: 1 Nephi 11–15

1 Nephi 11–15

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1 Nephi 11

Overview

Atwood, Ryan. "Lehi’s Dream and the Plan of Salvation." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 37 (2020): 141-162.

Black, Susan Easton. "'Behold, I Have Dreamed a Dream'." In The Book of Mormon: First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 113-124. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988.

Bokovoy, David E.. "'Thou Knowest That I Believe': Invoking The Spirit of the Lord as Council Witness in 1 Nephi 11." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 1 (2012): 1-23.

Easton-Flake, Amy. “Lehi’s Dream as a Template for Understanding Each Act of Nephi’s Vision,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 179–98.

Griggs, C. Wilfred. "The Book of Mormon as an Ancient Book." BYU Studies Quarterly 22, no. 3 (1982): 259-277.

Griggs, C. Wilfred. "The Book of Mormon as an Ancient Book." In Book of Mormon Authorship: New Light on Ancient Origins, edited by Noel B. Reynolds, 75-101. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 1982.

Halverson, Jared M. “Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision as Apocalyptic Literature,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 53–69.

Hardy, Grant “Prophetic Perspectives and Prerogative: How Lehi and Nephi Applied the Lessons of Lehi’s Dream,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 199–213.

Hilton, III, John. ""Look! And I Looked": Lessons in Learning and Teaching from Nephi's Vision." Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 13, no. 2 (2012): 32-43.

Judd Jr., Frank F. “What Nephi’s Vision Teaches about the Bible and the Book of Mormon,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 282–99.

Lund, Gerald N.. "The Mysteries of God Revealed by the Power of the Holy Ghost." In The Book of Mormon: First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 151-159. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988.

Millet, Robert L.. "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." In The Book of Mormon: First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 161-175. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988.

Olsen, Steven L.. "The Centrality of Nephi's Vision." Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 11, no. 2 (2010): 50-65.

Olsen, Steven L.. "Nephi's Literary Endeavor." Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 4, no. 3 (2003): 133-141.

Olsen, Steven L.. "The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 40 (2020): 283-318.

Parker, Jared T. “The Doctrine of Christ in 2 Nephi 31–32 as an Approach to the Vision of the Tree of Life,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 161–78.

Skinner, Andrew C.. "The Foundational Doctrines of 1 Nephi 11-14." Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 2, no. 2 (2001): 139-155.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “A Comparison of Lehi's Dream and Nephi's Vision.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

Welch, John W.. "Connections Between the Visions of Lehi and Nephi." In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, 49-53.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Four Stages of the Nephite Prophetic View.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

Woodger, Mary Jane and Michelle Vanegas Brodrick, “Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision as Used by Church Leaders,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 374–92.

Zinner, Samuel. "'Zion' and 'Jerusalem' as Lady Wisdom in Moses 7 and Nephi's Tree of Life Vision." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 12 (2014): 281-323.

1 Nephi 11:1

Book of Mormon Central, “How Do the Book of Moses and Book of Mormon Help Us Understand the Endowment? (1 Nephi 11:1),” KnoWhy 396 (January 4, 2018).

1 Nephi 11:2–3

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Can Nephi’s Vision Be Called an Apocalypse? (1 Nephi 11:2–3),” KnoWhy 471 (September 27, 2018).

1 Nephi 11:5

Campbell, Mark. "“Believe All the Words”: A Key to Spiritual Outpouring." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 51 (2022): 295-316.

1 Nephi 11:9–11

Christenson, Allen J.. "The Sacred Tree of the Ancient Maya." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6, no. 1 (1997): 1-23.

Christensen, Kevin. “Nephi, Wisdom, and the Deuteronomist Reform.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 23, no. 2 (2003): 2–3.

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Were Lehi and Nephi Guided by Angelic Escorts in Their Visions? (1 Nephi 11:11),” KnoWhy 492 (December 11, 2018).

1 Nephi 11:13

Peterson, Daniel C.. "Nephi and His Asherah." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9, no. 2 (2000): 16-25, 80-81.

Book of Mormon Central, “What Does the Virgin Mary Have to Do with the Tree of Life? (1 Nephi 11:18),” KnoWhy 13 (January 18, 2016).

1 Nephi 11:21

Welch, John W.. ""The Lamb of God" in Pre-Christian Texts." In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, 40-42. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999.

Tvedtnes, John A.. "Notes and Communications: Knowledge of Christ to Come." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5, no. 1 (1996): 159-161.

1 Nephi 11:22

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Didn’t Nephi Mention Mary’s Name? (1 Nephi 11:22),” KnoWhy 543 (December 24, 2019).

1 Nephi 11:25

Book of Mormon Central, “How Are Rod and Sword Connected to the Word of God? (1 Nephi 11:25),” KnoWhy 427 (April 24, 2018).

1 Nephi 11:34–35

Christenson, Allen J.. "Maya Harvest Festivals and the Book of Mormon: Annual FARMS Lecture." Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3, no. 1 (1991): 1-31.

1 Nephi 12

Atwood, Ryan. "Lehi’s Dream and the Plan of Salvation." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 37 (2020): 141-162.

Olsen, Steven L.. "The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 40 (2020): 283-318.

1 Nephi 12:1

Book of Mormon Central, “Where is the Land of Promise? (2 Nephi 1:5),” KnoWhy 497 (January 8, 2019).

Flammer, Philip M.. "A Land of Promise, Choice Above All Other Lands." In The Book of Mormon: First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 217-229. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988.

1 Nephi 12:2

Marsh, David Brent. "Peace Through Christ: The Book of Mormon's Divine Perspective on War." In The Fulness of the Gospel: Foundational Teachings from the Book of Mormon, edited by Camille Fronk Olson, Brian M. Hauglid, Patty Smith and Thomas A. Wayment, 246-259. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.

1 Nephi 12:4–5

Book of Mormon Central, “What Caused the Darkness and Destruction in the 34th Year? (3 Nephi 8:20),” KnoWhy 197 (September 28, 2016).

1 Nephi 12:7–10

Anderson, Kenneth W.. "The Twelve: A Light unto This People." In The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9-30, This is My Gospel, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 149-158. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1993.

1 Nephi 12:9

Barney, Kevin L.. "Further Light on Enallage." In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, 43-48. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999.

Barney, Kevin L.. "Notes and Communications: Divine Discourse Directed at a Prophet’s Posterity in the Plural: Further Light on Enallage." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6, no. 2 (1997): 229-234.

1 Nephi 12:16–17

Book of Mormon Central, “What Does an Ancient Book About Enoch Have to Do With Lehi’s Dream? (1 Nephi 12:16–17),” KnoWhy 404 (February 1, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Lehi and Jeremiah Find Themselves in a Dark and Dreary Wilderness? (1 Nephi 8:7),” KnoWhy 544 (January 3, 2020).

1 Nephi 12:18

Book of Mormon Central, “What is the Significance of the Great and Spacious Building? (1 Nephi 12:18),” KnoWhy 546 (January 17, 2020).

Book of Mormon Central, “What was the Great and Terrible Gulf in Lehi’s Dream? (1 Nephi 12:18),” KnoWhy 14 (January 19, 2016).

1 Nephi 13

Flammer, Philip M.. "A Land of Promise, Choice Above All Other Lands." In The Book of Mormon: First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 217-229. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988.

Alford, Kenneth L. “‘Delivered by the Power of God’: Nephi’s Vision of America’s Birth,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 264–81.

Bowen, Matthew L.. "“Unto the Taking Away of Their Stumbling Blocks”: The Taking Away and Keeping Back of Plain and Precious Things and Their Restoration in 1 Nephi 13–15." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 53 (2022): 145-170.

Driggs, Lori. “Nephi’s Vision and the Loss and Restoration of Plain and Precious Truths,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 70–91.

Olsen, Steven L.. "The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 40 (2020): 283-318.

Robinson, Stephen E.. "Early Christianity and 1 Nephi 13-14." In The Book of Mormon: First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 177-191. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988.

Robinson, Stephen E.. "Early Christianity and 1 Nephi 13-14." In A Book of Mormon Treasury: Gospel Insights from General Authorities and Religious Educators, 112-127. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.

1 Nephi 13:4–6

Robinson, Stephen E.. "Nephi’s “Great and Abominable Church”." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 32-39, 70.

Uriona, Todd. "Assyria and the “Great Church” of Nephi’s Vision." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 55 (2023): 1-30.

1 Nephi 13:12

Hardy, Grant R.. "Columbus: By Faith or Reason?" In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 32-36. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

Peterson, Daniel C. “Christ-Bearer.” FARMS Review of Books 8, no. 1 (1996): 104–111.

Hanson, Louise G.. Columbus, Christopher In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Edited by Daniel H. Ludlow. Vol. 1. New York: Macmillan, 1992.

Garr, Arnold K.. Christopher Columbus: A Latter-day Saint Perspective. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.

1 Nephi 13:23

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Is There a Need for the Testimony of Two Nations? (2 Nephi 29:8),” KnoWhy 56 (March 17, 2016).

1 Nephi 13:26

Book of Mormon Central, “Were Plain and Precious Doctrines Lost? (1 Nephi 13:26),” KnoWhy 15 (January 20, 2016).

Welch, John W.. "The Plain and Precious Parts." In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 37-40. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

Nyman, Monte S.. "The Restoration of Plain and Precious Parts: The Book of Helaman." In The Book of Mormon: Helaman Through 3 Nephi 8, According to Thy Word, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 147-161. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.

1 Nephi 13:30-31

Spendlove, Loren Blake. "Witness of the Covenant." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 58 (2023): 127-166.

1 Nephi 13:34

Reynolds, Noel B.. "Lehi and Nephi as Trained Manassite Scribes." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 50 (2022): 161-216.

1 Nephi 13:39

Book of Mormon Central, “What Were the “Other Records” Nephi Saw in Vision? (1 Nephi 13:39),” KnoWhy 376 (October 26, 2017).

1 Nephi 13:40

Matthews, Robert J.. "Establishing the Truth of the Bible." In The Book of Mormon: First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 193-215. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988.

1 Nephi 14

Book of Mormon Central, “Are There Really Only Two Churches? (1 Nephi 14:10),” KnoWhy 16 (January 21, 2016).

Bowen, Matthew L.. "“Unto the Taking Away of Their Stumbling Blocks”: The Taking Away and Keeping Back of Plain and Precious Things and Their Restoration in 1 Nephi 13–15." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 53 (2022): 145-170.

Griffin, Tyler J.. "Nephi: An Ideal Teacher of Less-Than-Ideal Students." Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 13, no. 2 (2012): 61-71.

Griffiths, Casey Paul. “The Church of the Lamb of God,” in The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (2011 Sperry Symposium), ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 37–52.

Olsen, Steven L.. "The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 40 (2020): 283-318.

Owen, Paul. "Theological Apostasy and the Role of Canonical Scripture: A Thematic Analysis of 1 Nephi 13–14." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 23 (2014): 81-100.

Robinson, Stephen E.. "Nephi’s “Great and Abominable Church”." Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 32-39, 70.

Robinson, Stephen E.. "Warring against the Saints of God." Ensign 18, no. 1 (1988): 34-39.

Welch, John W.. "Connections Between the Visions of Lehi and Nephi." In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, 49-53.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Interpretation of Lehi's Vision.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

1 Nephi 15

Atwood, Ryan. "Lehi’s Dream and the Plan of Salvation." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 37 (2020): 141-162.

Bowen, Matthew L.. "“Unto the Taking Away of Their Stumbling Blocks”: The Taking Away and Keeping Back of Plain and Precious Things and Their Restoration in 1 Nephi 13–15." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 53 (2022): 145-170.

Griffin, Tyler J.. "Nephi: An Ideal Teacher of Less-Than-Ideal Students." Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 13, no. 2 (2012): 61-71.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Interpretation of Lehi's Vision.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

1 Nephi 15:8

Book of Mormon Central, “How Did God Call His Prophets in Ancient Times? (1 Nephi 15:8),” KnoWhy 17 (January 22, 2016).

1 Nephi 15:12-18

Reynolds, Noel B.. "Lehi and Nephi as Trained Manassite Scribes." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 50 (2022): 161-216.

1 Nephi 15:12

Reynolds, Noel B.. "Nephite Uses and Interpretations of Zenos." In The Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, the Bible, and Jacob 5, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and John W. Welch, 21-49. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1994.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Personal Applications of Olive Symbolism.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

1 Nephi 15:23

Bowen, Matthew L. “’What Meaneth the Rod of Iron’?.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 25, no. 2 (2005): 2–3.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Metals in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

1 Nephi 15:24

Book of Mormon Central, “What are the “Fiery Darts of the Adversary” Spoken of by Nephi? (1 Nephi 15:24),” KnoWhy 18 (January 25, 2016).

Marcum, Jared. "Withstanding Satan's Siege through Christ's Iron Rod: The Vision of Tree of Life in Context of Ancient Siege Warfare." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 58 (2023): 1-18.

Smoot, Stephen O.. "The “Fiery Darts of the Adversary” in 1 Nephi 15:24." Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 18 (2016): 5-9.

Spendlove, Loren Blake. "The Word of the Lord as a Metonym for Christ." Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 49 (2021): 137-166.