Today, I read 1 Nephi chapter 3. In this chapter, Lehi sends his sons back for the scriptures, because he knows that they will fail if they do not have them.
Many times in history, people have turned to their carnal selves when they did not have books of wisdom to read. What comes to mind is during the Dark Ages, after the ruling clergy had kept the scriptures to themselves, thinking that the general populous was too unintelligent to read and understand the scriptures. There were book burnings. Pages out of the scriptures were lost because the clergy was so politically influenced. What resulted was the people even became more depraved. (Can anyone think of other times that this has occurred?) Eventually the people revolted against the church, saying that they wanted the scriptures back, and that the ruling clergy should not keep the scriptures from them. This was called the Protestant Reformation.
For Nephi, the task of going back for the scriptures was a hard one. They had to get them from a tyrant named Laban.
This chapter really defines Nephi’s faith in God. For he says, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” I only wish that I could have that faith; but this passage shows that God really intends for us to be able to obey His commandments.
Lehyi’s sons do not get the scriptures at first. Laban attacks them , and instead of taking riches in exchange the scriptures, Laban steals the riches and runs the young men out of his house.
Nephi’s unrepentant brothers, Laman and Lemuel, become angry at Nephi for happened and threaten Nephi with bodily harm. Then, a miracle occurs. An angel appears, tells the brothers to back off, Nephi will rule them because of their wickedness, and that they will get what they came for. They just do not understand how.