“A Book”

Alan C. Miner

In Lehi’s vision, the first heavenly being who descended out of heaven “gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read” (1 Nephi 1:11). According to McConkie and Millet, this heavenly record of doom and destiny which Lehi is given to read may well be the same book as that read by Ezekiel, John the Revelator, and others of the prophets. In the book given to Ezekiel he read of “lamentations, and mourning, and woe” (Ezekiel 2:10), which were to come upon the ungodly. The Revelator was shown a book sealed with seven seals (Revelations 5:1), the meaning of which Christ revealed to him. John was also shown much of the earth’s history down through the time of the millennial kingdom (D&C 77:6). [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1, pp. 26-27]

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