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Nephi sees several generations of his descendants and his brothers’ descendants fighting and losing their faith until his brothers’ descendants ultimately prevail.
1 The angel told me to look and see my descendants and my brother’s descendants. I looked and saw the promised land. I saw a countless number of people.
1 And it came to pass that the angel said unto me: Look, and behold thy seed, and also the seed of thy brethren. And I looked and beheld the land of promise; and I beheld multitudes of people, yea, even as it were in number as many as the sand of the sea.
2 And I saw armies getting ready to battle against each other. I saw wars and rumors of wars and and a large number of my people slaughters.
2 And it came to pass that I beheld multitudes gathered together to battle, one against the other; and I beheld wars, and rumors of wars, and great slaughters with the sword among my people.
3 I saw many generations come and go during the wars and troubles in the land. I saw too many cities to count.
3 And it came to pass that I beheld many generations pass away, after the manner of wars and contentions in the land; and I beheld many cities, yea, even that I did not number them.
4 I saw a dark fog on the face of the land. I saw lightning, heard thunder, felt earthquakes, and heard all kinds of loud noises. I saw the ground and rocks tear in half, and I saw mountains breaking into pieces. I saw plains break apart. I saw some cities sink into the water, others get burned, and others crumble because of the earthquakes.
4 And it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the land of promise; and I saw lightnings, and I heard thunderings, and earthquakes, and all manner of tumultuous noises; and I saw the earth and the rocks, that they rent; and I saw mountains tumbling into pieces; and I saw the plains of the earth, that they were broken up; and I saw many cities that they were sunk; and I saw many that they were burned with fire; and I saw many that did tumble to the earth, because of the quaking thereof.
5 After I saw these things, I saw the dark fog lift. I saw people that had not been destroyed in the Lord’s punishment.
5 And it came to pass after I saw these things, I saw the vapor of darkness, that it passed from off the face of the earth; and behold, I saw multitudes who had not fallen because of the great and terrible judgments of the Lord.
6 I saw the sky open and the Lamb of God come out of heaven. He came down and showed himself to the people.
6 And I saw the heavens open, and the Lamb of God descending out of heaven; and he came down and showed himself unto them.
7 And I also saw the Holy Ghost descend on twelve others who were ordained and chosen by God.
7 And I also saw and bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others; and they were ordained of God, and chosen.
8 The angel spoke to me, saying, Look at these twelve disciples of the Lamb, who have been chosen to minister to your descendants.
8 And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the twelve disciples of the Lamb, who are chosen to minister unto thy seed.
9 And he said to me, Do you remember the twelve apostles of the Lamb? They will judge the twelve tribes of Israel, and twelve ministers from your descendants will be judged by them (as you are of the house of Israel).
9 And he said unto me: Thou rememberest the twelve apostles of the Lamb? Behold they are they who shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be judged of them; for ye are of the house of Israel.
10 And these twelve ministers that you see will judge your descendants. They are righteous forever, and because of their faith in the Lamb of God, their clothes become white in his blood.
10 And these twelve ministers whom thou beholdest shall judge thy seed. And, behold, they are righteous forever; for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their garments are made white in his blood.
11 The angel told me to look, and I looked. I saw three righteous generations come and go. Their clothing was white like the Lamb of God. And the angel said, These are made white in the Lamb’s blood because of their faith in him.
11 And the angel said unto me: Look! And I looked, and beheld three generations pass away in righteousness; and their garments were white even like unto the Lamb of God. And the angel said unto me: These are made white in the blood of the Lamb, because of their faith in him.
12 And I saw that many people in the fourth generation live righteously and pass away.
12 And I, Nephi, also saw many of the fourth generation who passed away in righteousness.
13 I saw large groups of people congregating together.
13 And it came to pass that I saw the multitudes of the earth gathered together.
14 And the angel said to me, Those are your descendants and also your brothers’ descendants.
14 And the angel said unto me: Behold thy seed, and also the seed of thy brethren.
15 I saw the two groups gathering together and preparing for battle.
15 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the people of my seed gathered together in multitudes against the seed of my brethren; and they were gathered together to battle.
16 The angel said, Look at the source of the filthy water that your father saw and the river he talked about. Its depths are the depths of hell.
16 And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw; yea, even the river of which he spake; and the depths thereof are the depths of hell.
17 The dark fog is the devil’s temptations, which make men blind and unfeeling, leading them away into until they become lost and die.
17 And the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost.
18 The huge building that your father saw is the pride of humanity. An awful chasm separates them, and that is the justice of God and the Messiah, who is the Lamb of God (who the Holy Ghost testifies about and has testified about from the beginning of the world until now, and who will testify about forever).
18 And the large and spacious building, which thy father saw, is vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men. And a great and a terrible gulf divideth them; yea, even the word of the justice of the Eternal God, and the Messiah who is the Lamb of God, of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record, from the beginning of the world until this time, and from this time henceforth and forever.
19 While the angel was saying this, I saw my brothers’ descendants fighting my descendants. I saw that my brothers’ descendants defeated my descendants because of my descendants’ pride and the devil’s temptations.
19 And while the angel spake these words, I beheld and saw that the seed of my brethren did contend against my seed, according to the word of the angel; and because of the pride of my seed, and the temptations of the devil, I beheld that the seed of my brethren did overpower the people of my seed.
20 My brothers’ descendants conquered my descendants and large numbers of them covered the land.
20 And it came to pass that I beheld, and saw the people of the seed of my brethren that they had overcome my seed; and they went forth in multitudes upon the face of the land.
21 I saw large numbers of people in many generations come and go during times of war and war rumors.
21 And I saw them gathered together in multitudes; and I saw wars and rumors of wars among them; and in wars and rumors of wars I saw many generations pass away.
22 And the angel said to me, These people will degenerate into complete unbelief.
22 And the angel said unto me: Behold these shall dwindle in unbelief.
23 After they had lost their faith entirely, they became a dark, nasty, and filthy people, full of laziness and all kinds of terrible things.
23 And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations.