“And I Saw Him Not for He Had Gone from Before My Presence”

Bryan Richards

It is often assumed that the Spirit which begins to show Nephi the dream is the same individual as the angel who finishes the vision. However, Nephi makes it clear that the Spirit of the Lord had gone from before his presence and that the rest of the vision was shown to him by an unidentified angel, And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me (v. 14).