Lehi, one of God’s servants in ancient Jerusalem, received divine direction that Jerusalem would be destroyed because of the wickedness of the people. He attempts to warn the citizens of Jerusalem, but they instead try to kill him. Because of his faithfulness, the Lord directs Lehi to flee into the wilderness with his family before being led to the New World. (circa 600 BC)
About 600 years before the the birth of Christ, a man by the name of Lehi lived in Jerusalem. He was concerned about what was going on in the world around him, so he sought heaven’s help and God answered his humble prayer.
God helped Lehi find peace and know what he could do to try to help others and his family. (1 Nephi 1)
As has often been the case throughout history, despite Lehi’s best efforts to teach those around him, most did not listen to him and did not believe what he said reflected God’s will. Lehi was warned by God that eventually the people would become so bad that the city would be destroyed, so God instructed Lehi to take his wife Sariah, and their sons, Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi and leave – God would guide them to a better place. (1 Nephi 2:1-3)
Lehi’s family flees, but his oldest sons soon start to second guess the decision and complain about the new challenges they now face. Nephi seeks and receives a confirmation from God regarding His will and prays for his brothers.