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Lehi’s Personal Record: Quest for a Missing Source

TitleLehi’s Personal Record: Quest for a Missing Source
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1984
AuthorsS. Kent Brown
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsBook of Lehi; Lost 116 Pages

The Book of Mormon teems with references to numerous works known by its compilers and authors but not included in its final collection of texts. The documents comprising the brass plates, for instance, are mentioned merely in passing. Further, Mormon alludes to a substantial collection from which he distilled then early thousand-year history of his people. These countless unnamed texts, moreover, do not include the so-called "sealed plates" which formed part of what was entrusted to Joseph Smith but which remained untranslated. Among these, interestingly enough, the record of Lehi is singled out by name. It constituted, I argue, both a major source behind and an important influence on the writings of Lehi's two literary sons, Nephi and Jacob. In fact, a surprising amount of information exists which allows us to determine substantially the content and compass of Lehi's record.