Chapter 1 is a pretty basic, "Hey this is who I am," kind of chapter. Kind of Journalish. What's really cool to note though is the very first verse
"I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents..."
While I was at UCLA I had the chance to visit the Skirball Museum, and they had some Jewish scrolls from before 600 BC (When Lehi leftJerusalem). They started the same way, "I...." This is a common wayfor middle eastern cultures to start documents, it's kind of like saying, "Yes, this is me, and I am actually saying this." Similiar to how people are sworn into a judicial hearing. "I, Meghan Kurtz, do solemnly swear..."
The third verse is Nephi's testimony of what he is writing. Very important that he is telling us, "this is true."
Now in 4 he's talking about the prophets, this was before the time Jerusalem was destroyed. This happened a lot (Jerusalem being destroyed) , but the prophets would have been Jeremiah, Habukkuk, Nahum and Zephiniah, who we can read about in the Bible.
(5 - 15)
We believe in visions and angels. Heavenly Father wouldn't leave us alone down here!
Wo, wo vs. wo, wo, wo in (3 Nephi 9:2 ) so the world gets worse as time passes?
Lehi taught his children (1:16)
1 Nephi 11, 1 Nephi 22, 2 Nephi 6:3, 2 Nephi 33:1, Jacob 1:17
BUT also his neighbors. He knew, so he testified (1:18)
Symbolism (things that will show up repeatedly)
"Jews" (world, babylon).
the gospel is PLAIN and SIMPLE!
The prophets are killed.
Lord makes them mighty. (1: 20)
All right, everyone! Comments please!~