Nephi and Lehi in Prison
Nephi and Lehi travel to the land of Nephi, where Lamanite militants capture them, imprison them, and sentence them to death.
As the Lamanites come into the prison to execute Nephi and Lehi, a wall of fire and flames encircle Nephi and Lehi.
The Lamanites are too afraid to proceed with the execution.
Nephi and Lehi call out from the fire to the guards, telling them not to fear, but to believe in God.
The ground begins to shake, and the prison walls rumble, but do not fall—a mist of darkness then envelops the prison.
The prison guards hear a voice commanding them to repent and leave Nephi and Lehi alone.
The voice is not booming nor is it loud, yet it is poignant and direct to the guards.
The voice once again commands them to repent and let Nephi and Lehi go.
The voice goes on to say unspeakably marvelous things.
One guard named Aminadab, an ex–Nephite, sees Nephi and Lehi’s faces through the mists of darkness; they are looking upward, speaking to someone.
Aminadab notifies the other guards—they all see Nephi and Lehi, and wonder who they are talking to.
Aminadab explains that Nephi and Lehi are talking to God’s angels.
The guards asks how they can get the dark cloud to disperse.
Aminadab tells them to to remember the teachings of Alma, Amulek, and Zeezrom, and repent through faith in Christ.
The guards cry unto God, and the cloud disperses.
When the darkness dissipates, they see that they are all encircled by a pillar of fire.
Nephi and Lehi are at the center of the pillar of fire, yet are not harmed.
All present experience a pentecostal outpouring of the spirit.
The voice comes back, this time commending the people for their faith in Christ.
They all look up, see angels coming out of heaven, and are charged to go forth faithfully.
The converted guards go around and preach to the other Lamanites, many of whom believe, repent, and agree to give back captured Nephite lands and live in peace.
Nephi’s Resignation as Judge