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"Through the Mists of Darkness", 1 Nephi 8

1 Nephi 8

The journey is the same for everyone, though we each come into the world in vastly different circumstances, every man must, when brought up to the wall of faith decide to scale it or walk away from it.

When Lehi found himself lost in that dark and dreary waste, he called upon the Lord, because (I think I've already made note of this) Lehi was familiar with "the multitude of his tender mercies"(vs. 8). This is the same thing that Alma conveys when he quotes the prophet Zenos, "And thou didst hear me... and it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me... for thou hast turned thy judgments away from me, because of thy Son." (Alma 33:11)

How did the Lord mercifully respond to Lehi? He is immediately brought to taste of the fruit of the tree, which "filled [his] soul with exceedingly great joy"(vs 12).

Lehi saw many others in similar straits, that caught a glimpse of where they were going and held fast to the rod of iron. Mists of darkness descended upon them, but to those that clung to the rod, they eventually did come forth out of the darkness. We learn later from Nephi that their deliverance was because of their adherence to the word of God.

The word of God is found in the scriptures, and in the words of the prophets, but it is also found directly through prayer, as was the case of Lehi.

P.S. Where is Christ in all of this vision? Nephi fortunately reveals later on that he's at the very center of the discussion.


  1. My favorite part of the vision is the mist. I don't know why


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