Now these steam-boats were cunningly contrived, and had abundance of curious workmanship therein, such as surpassed the comprehension of all the wise men of the east, from the beginning to this day.

The Late War, 1816, 12:12

1 Nephi 18:1 And it came to pass that they did worship the Lord and did go forth with me, and we did work timbers of curious workmanship. And the Lord did shew me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship.

1 Nephi 18:2 Now I Nephi did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men, but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shewn unto me; wherefore it was not after the manner of men.

1 Nephi 18:3 And I Nephi did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord shewed unto me great things.

1 Nephi 18:4 And it came to pass that after I had finished the ship according to the word of the Lord, my brethren beheld that it was good and that the workmanship thereof was exceeding fine; wherefore they did humble themselves again before the Lord.

1 Nephi 18:5 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father that we should arise and go down into the ship.

1 Nephi 18:6 And it came to pass that on the morrow, after that we had prepared all things, much fruits and meat from the wilderness and honey in abundance and provisions, according to that which the Lord had commanded us, we did go down into the ship with all our loading and our seeds and whatsoever things we had brought with us, every one according to his age; wherefore we did all go down into the ship with our wives and our children.

1 Nephi 18:7 And now my father had begat two sons in the wilderness; the elder was called Jacob and the younger Joseph.

1 Nephi 18:8 And it came to pass that after we had all gone down into the ship and had taken with us our provisions and things which had been commanded us, we did put forth into the sea and were driven forth before the wind towards the promised land.

1 Nephi 18:9 And after that we had been driven forth before the wind for the space of many days, behold, my brethren and the sons of Ishmael and also their wives began to make themselves merry, insomuch that they began to dance and to sing and to speak with much rudeness, yea, even to that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither; yea, they were lifted up unto exceeding rudeness.

1 Nephi 18:10 And I Nephi began to fear exceedingly lest the Lord should be angry with us and smite us because of our iniquity, that we should be swallowed up in the depths of the sea; wherefore I Nephi began to speak to them with much soberness. But behold, they were angry with me, saying: We will not that our younger brother shall be a ruler over us.

1 Nephi 18:11 And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel did take me and bind me with cords, and they did treat me with much harshness. Nevertheless the Lord suffered it that he might shew forth his power unto the fulfilling of his word which he hath spoken concerning the wicked.

1 Nephi 18:12 And it came to pass that after they had bound me, insomuch that I could not move, the compass which had been prepared of the Lord did cease to work;

1 Nephi 18:13 wherefore they knew not whither they should steer the ship, insomuch that there arose a great storm, yea, a great and terrible tempest, and we were driven back upon the waters for the space of three days. And they began to be frightened exceedingly lest they should be drowned in the sea. Nevertheless they did loose me not.

1 Nephi 18:14 And on the fourth day which we had been driven back, the tempest began to be exceeding sore.

1 Nephi 18:15 And it came to pass that we were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea. And after that we had been driven back upon the waters for the space of four days, my brethren began to see that the judgments of God was upon them and that they must perish save that they should repent of their iniquities. Wherefore they came unto me and loosed the bands which was upon my wrists, and behold, they had swollen exceedingly; and also mine ankles were much swollen, and great was the soreness thereof.

1 Nephi 18:16 Nevertheless I did look unto my God and I did praise him all the day long, and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions.

1 Nephi 18:17 Now my father Lehi had said many things unto them and also unto the sons of Ishmael, but behold, they did breathe out much threatenings against any one that should speak for me. And my parents being stricken in years and having suffered much grief because of their children, they were brought down, yea, even upon their sickbeds.

1 Nephi 18:18 Because of their grief and much sorrow and the iniquity of my brethren, they were brought near even to be carried out of this time to meet their God. Yea, their gray hairs were about to be brought down to lie low in the dust; yea, even they were near to be cast with sorrow into a watery grave.

1 Nephi 18:19 And Jacob and Joseph also being young, having need of much nourishment, were grieved because of the afflictions of their mother. And also my wife with her tears and prayers and also my children did not soften the hearts of my brethren that they would loose me.

1 Nephi 18:20 And there was nothing save it were the power of God which threatened them with destruction could soften their hearts. Wherefore when they saw that they were about to be swallowed up in the depths of the sea, they repented of the thing which they had done, insomuch that they loosed me.

1 Nephi 18:21 And it came to pass that after they had loosed me, behold, I took the compass and it did work whither I desired it. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord; and after that I had prayed, the winds did cease and the storm did cease and there was a great calm.

1 Nephi 18:22 And it came to pass that I Nephi did guide the ship, that we sailed again towards the promised land.

1 Nephi 18:23 And it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of many days, we did arrive to the promised land. And we went forth upon the land and did pitch our tents, and we did call it the promised land.

1 Nephi 18:24 And it came to pass that we did begin to till the earth, and we began to plant seeds; yea, we did put all our seeds into the earth which we had brought from the land of Jerusalem. And it came to pass that they did grow exceedingly; wherefore we were blessed in abundance.

1 Nephi 18:25 And it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise as we journeyed in the wilderness that there was beasts in the forests of every kind, both the cow and the ox and the ass and the horse and the goat and the wild goat and all manner of wild animals which were for the use of man. And we did find all manner of ore, both of gold and of silver and of copper.

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