Lehi the Missionary

K. Douglas Bassett

Jer. 26:20-24; 2 Chron. 36:15-16

“Only a few years earlier, for example, the prophet Urijah had been persecuted, had fled to Egypt, was extradited, convicted, and ignominiously executed for preaching the same message that the prophets were again preaching in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah (Jeremiah 26:20-23)… . The fact that he [Lehi] was willing to deliver that very message entrusted to him by God, knowing full well that precisely the same thing would undoubtedly happen to him as had already happened to others delivering that identical message only a few months or years before, marks Lehi as a man of extraordinary courage, commitment, and devotion to the Lord and to his people, one of the hallmarks of a true prophet of the Lord.” (John W. Welch, First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, BYU Religious Studies Center, p. 38)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon