Colonization of the Promised Land

Arrival, Exploration, and Settlement of the Promised Land

1 Nephi 18:23
The travelers arrive at the promised land; they set up camp.
1 Nephi 18:24
They begin agricultural activities.
1 Nephi 18:25
They explore, and find all kinds of wildlife.

Nephi’s Records

1 Nephi 19:1–2
Upon the Lord’s command, Nephi makes some plates out of ore, and records the historical account of Lehi’s story.
1 Nephi 19:4–5, 2 Nephi 5:29
These plates contain the secular history of the people; they are to be handed down from one generation to the next.
1 Nephi 9:4, 10:1
These plates also give accounts of kings and warfare.
2 Nephi 5:30–33
Nephi is commanded to make a second set of plates.
1 Nephi 9:2–3,5–6
These plates do not give a full history of his people.
1 Nephi 19:3,6–7
These plates are for recording the religious and spiritual accounts of his people.
1 Nephi 1:16–17
Nephi only gives a partial account of his and his family’s proceedings in his record.
1 Nephi 6:1–6
Nephi intentionally does not to fill these plates with mundane historical information, he instead fills them with spiritually uplifting content.
1 Nephi Intro, 1:1–3
Nephi begins writing in these plates by summarizing his story up to this point—he writes in Judeo–Egyptian language.

Nephi’s Writings and Teachings

1 Nephi 19:8–21
Nephi draws from the contents of the brass plates to draft a prophetic essay about Jesus Christ.
1 Nephi 19:22–24
Nephi teaches things recorded on the brass plates; he wants to persuade everyone to believe in Jesus Christ.
1 Nephi 22:1
Nephi’s brothers do not understand what these things mean.
1 Nephi 22:2–31
Nephi gives them a detailed and lengthy analysis and explanation.

Lehi’s Last Days

2 Nephi 1:1-4
After Nephi speaks, Lehi takes the floor, and reminds his family about the mercies of the Lord, and about the land of promise.
2 Nephi 4:12
Lehi dies.

Schism Between the Nephites and the Lamanites

2 Nephi 4:13–14
Not long after Lehi’s death, Laman, Lemuel, and some of Ishmael’s sons again get angry at Nephi and his followers for repeating Lehi’s words.
2 Nephi 4:15–35
Nephi writes a psalm expressing his feelings.
2 Nephi 5:1–4
Despite Nephi’s prayers, Laman and Lemuel’s dissenting view only deepen, and they want to kill Nephi.
2 Nephi 5:5–6
The Lord warns Nephi, and instructs him to leave—Nephi warns his followers.
2 Nephi 5:7
Nephi and his followers (Nephites) leave the settlement and the Lamanites (followers of Laman and Lemuel) behind.
2 Nephi 5:19–20
These events were all a fulfillment of prophecy.

The Lamanite Civilization

2 Nephi 5:21–23, Jacob 3:3
The Lamanites are cursed, and cut off from God’s influence.
2 Nephi 5:24–25
The Lamanite culture becomes characterized by idleness, game hunting, and contempt for the Nephites
2 Nephi 5:34; Jacob 1:13–14, Enos 20
The Lamanites want to kill the Nephites.
Jacob 7:24, Enos 20
Despite the missionary efforts of the Nephites, the Lamanites remain a godless civilization.
Jarom 6
The Lamanite civilization multiplies and expands its territories.