And it came to pass
(8:1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 27, 32, 36)
(8:2-38) Lehii's Dream
Nephi dreams about a tree with white, sweet-tasting fruit. He wants his family to eat the fruit. Nephi, Sam, and Sariah do; Laman and
Lemuel don't. An iron rod leads people to the tree, but some are ashamed to eat its fruit after being taunted by well-dressed people
in a building that floats in the sky. Those who don't eat the fruit or who leave after eating it are lost, drowned, or destroyed.
(Lehi's dream was nearly identical to Joseph Smith, Sr.'s dream 2400 years later, before Joseph Smith, Jr. "translated" the Book of
(8:2) "Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in
other words, I have seen a vision."
(8:3-4) Lehi thinks his dream assures the salvation of Nephi,
Sam, and "their seed" and the damnation of Laman and Lemuel. (Because the former ate the magic fruit and the latter didn't.)
"I have reason to rejoice ... because of Nephi and ... Sam; for ... they, and also many
of their seed, will be saved. But behold, Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly."
(8:4, 12, 23, 27, 36)
(8:10) Lehi dreamed about tree with fruit that could make you
happy if you ate it (or smoked it?).
"I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy."
(8:11) Lehi partook of the fruit thereof, and it was
the sweetest thing he'd ever tasted, and was whiter than anything he'd ever seen before. (Being white is the best thing a
thing can be in the Book of Mormon.)
"I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all
that I ever before tasted ... and ... white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen."
(8:12) And it made him exceedingly happy, happier than he'd
ever been before. He was so darned happy he could hardly stand it. So he wanted his family to eat from the happy tree, too.
"And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous
that my family should partake of it also."
(8:13) So Lehi cast his eyes round about until he discovered his family.
"I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family."
(8:14-16) Lehi told his family to eat the happy fruit,
and the good members of his family (Nephi, Sariah, and Sam) ate it.
"I beheld ... Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi ... And it came to pass that I ... did say
unto them with a loud voice that they should ... partake of the fruit ... And it came to pass that they did."
(8:17-18) After the good guys ate the good fruit, Lehi cast his
eyes about again until he saw Laman and Lemuel. He told them to eat the fruit, but they wouldn't do it (because they were bad).
"And it came to pass that I was desirous that Laman and Lemuel should come and partake of the fruit also; wherefore,
I cast mine eyes ... that perhaps I might see them. And it came to pass that I saw them, but they would
not come unto me and partake of the fruit."
(8:19) Lehi saw an iron rod along the side of the river that
people clung to as they traveled towards the happy tree.
"And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood."
(8:23) In the background there was a mist of darkness that lots of
people got lost in.
"And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they
who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost."
(8:24) But some managed to find the happy-fruit tree by hanging
on to the rod of iron.
"And it came to pass that I beheld others ... clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did ... partake of the
fruit of the tree."
(8:25) But after partaking of the happy fruit, the people cast
their eyes about like they were ashamed or something.
"And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed."
(8:26) Then Lehi cast his eyes about again and
saw a big building floating in the air.
"And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld ... a great and spacious
building ... in the air, high above the earth."
(8:27) The building was filled with people that
were looking down and pointing and laughing at the people eating the happy fruit.
"It was filled with people ... and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine;
and they were ... mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who ... were partaking of the fruit."
(8:28) Then the people who were ashamed after eating the
happy fruit crawled off into the darkness and got lost.
"And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away
into forbidden paths and were lost."
(8:31-32) Some of the ashamed fruit-eaters made it to the
big sky building, but others drowned.
"He also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building. And it came to pass that many were
drowned in the depths of the fountain."
(8:33) Those that made it into the big building in the sky
began pointing the finger of scorn at the happy fruit eaters below.
"And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And ... they
did point the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit. "