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Chapter 37: Nephi and Lehi in Prison
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“Chapter 37: Nephi and Lehi in Prison,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 99–102

“Chapter 37,” Book of Mormon Stories, 99–102

Chapter 37

Nephi and Lehi in Prison

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Nephi and Lehi were Helaman’s sons. Helaman wanted them to be righteous like the Lehi and Nephi who left Jerusalem.

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Helaman taught his sons to believe in Jesus Christ. They learned that forgiveness comes through faith and repentance.

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Nephi and Lehi went to teach the word of God to the Nephites and Lamanites. Thousands of people were baptized.

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When Nephi and Lehi went to the land of Nephi, a Lamanite army threw them into prison and did not give them food for many days.

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The Lamanites went to the prison to kill Nephi and Lehi but could not because they were protected by a ring of fire that would have burned anyone who tried to touch them.

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Nephi and Lehi were not burned by the fire. They told the Lamanites that God’s power was protecting them.

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The ground and the prison walls began to shake. A dark cloud surrounded the people in the prison, and they were afraid.

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A voice from above the darkness spoke. It was quiet like a whisper, but everyone could hear it.

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The voice told the people to repent and stop trying to kill Nephi and Lehi.

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The voice spoke three times, and the ground and prison walls continued to shake. The Lamanites could not run away because it was too dark and they were too scared.

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A Nephite who had been a Church member saw that Nephi’s and Lehi’s faces were shining through the darkness.

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Nephi and Lehi were looking toward heaven and talking. The man told the Lamanites to look. They wondered whom Nephi and Lehi were talking to.

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The man, who was named Aminadab, told the Lamanites that Nephi and Lehi were talking to angels.

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The Lamanites asked Aminadab how to get rid of the dark cloud. He told them to repent and pray until they had faith in Jesus Christ.

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The Lamanites prayed until the dark cloud was gone.

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When the darkness left, the people saw a pillar of fire all around them. The fire did not burn them or the prison walls.

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The Lamanites felt great joy, and the Spirit of God filled their hearts.

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A voice whispered, saying they would be comforted because of their faith in Jesus Christ.

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The Lamanites looked up to see where the voice had come from. They saw angels coming down from heaven.

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About 300 people saw and heard what happened in the prison. They went and told others.

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Most of the Lamanites believed them and put away their weapons.

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The Lamanites stopped hating the Nephites and gave back the land they had taken. The Lamanites became more righteous than the Nephites.

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Many Lamanites went with Nephi and Lehi and taught both Nephites and Lamanites.