Greetings all my relations,
We will be readings from chapter two of The Book of Shimlei written about 120A.D.
This chapter solves a mystery and is a continuation of the Book of Mormon
Alma Chapter 63…We discover that Shimlei married the grand daughter of Alma…
This is Shimlei’s account…
1) In the twentieth year of my ministry as high priest, there began to arrive in Mentinah many visitors from foreign lands.
Visitations from far away places are not unusual in Mentinah.
For, we have the High Place where in Jesus did come to teach and also we have the records of our fathers in the archives in the mountain places we have prepared for that purpose.
Wherefore, many have often come from far away to study in the temple and also in the libraries.
2) But, in this year there began to come many people at a time from a country that is found far across the West Sea.
And they come to sit at the feet of prophets, for they wish to learn all they can about the Savior and His teachings.
Wherefore, I did bring them to my own house, as often as they did come, and they did learn from my wife and my children the things of the gospel.
3) And they did often stay for many months and then go again upon the long journey that would bring them again into their own lands.
4) Now, it was from one of these envoys, whose name was Itsac ben Ibra, that I did learn of what befell the first son of Hagoth and his people.
Wherefore, I do include the record of their journey and their doings in my own writings.
5) In the years that Hagoth began to investigate the Land Northward, he sent his firstborn son into the West Sea in a ship to find a safe harbor in the Land Northward. This son never did return from that voyage, but word of him and his safety did return unto Hagoth and his heart was relieved at the knowledge of his son.
But behold, nothing of the doings of his son ever reached Hagoth’s ears in all his days, and he lived out his life not knowing if they remained faithful unto the Lord.
6) But behold, the line of Hagoth was taken to the islands of the sea, for, Hagoth, his son, did also take with him the records which Shiblon had prepared for Hagoth, and also for as many others who did venture into the Land Northward.
For, the prophet Shiblon feared that, should they depart from the Land Southward without benefit of the genealogy or of the teachings of their fathers, they would fall into unbelief.
And behold, his fears were all fulfilled in those people who left the Land Southward without the records in their possession.
For, they did all fall into transgression and also into the pit that the Gadiantonhem dug for them.
7) But behold, it was not so with Hagoth, who was carried away upon the currents of the sea, nay, nor was it so with the nation that they established. For, they had with them the plates that Shiblon, in his wisdom, had sent with those who would take their journey intounknown lands, not in haste, but with counsel. For, Hagoth our father did take counsel with his son Hagoth and they did not go in haste as they who went by land.
Yea, they did plan their journey, or at least the beginnings of it, so that their actions were not in haste. And only in Hagoth’s decision to take his journey up the river Akish was there any haste in his journey.
8) But in his son there was no hast at all. But, he did take his people with him into ships and did embark into the West Sea.
But behold, his ships were taken in a great storm that did not allow them to ply the coast according to his original plan. Yea, and the storm did threaten to drive them against the rocks of the shore.
Wherefore, Hagoth was forced to take his ships farther out to sea than he had planned, and they did drive against the wind for a great distance and at the great peril of their lives.
9) And when the storm had passed, they found that they could not make sight of the land and that they had to rely upon their knowledge of the placement of the stars in the heavens to guide them.
But behold, as they began to make their way back to the coast, using the stars for navigation, they came upon small Islands and they hove to and put in to take on provisions and water.
10) And behold, the Islands were beautiful and full of food of all kinds, and some few wished to remain there.
But Hagoth had it in mind to help his father build a nation in the Land Northward and did not wish to sunder his people so far from the land of their fathers.
Wherefore, he did convince the people that they should take their voyage once again toward the Land Northward and complete the plan they had originally made.
11) But behold, the storms during that time of year were exceedingly fierce in the oceans of the sea and the currents were treacherous. Wherefore, even though Hagoth felt himself able to navigate back to the land of his fathers, the sea did not cooperate. And behold, his ships were beat upon exceedingly by the mountainous waves that were brought down upon them by the storms. And, as they fought the waves, the more part of their ships were destroyed and many people were lost in the depths of the sea.
Hagoth, the son of Hagoth, was forced back into the Islands he had previously found and he did establish a settlement there. And the people became content, for there was safety and good provision on the Islands.And they did build homes and synagogues, and they did establish a nation in the Islands of the sea. And behold, they did build up a nation of mariners and they did spread from island to island and the people did remember their beginnings and they did seek to follow the ways and teachings of their fathers.
Now, as this nation grew and as they did spread themselves upon the islands of the west sea;
They did eventually find landfall upon a great island, or so they supposed it to be, and they did establish themselves also upon this place which lay far to the west and to the north of the land of their fathers.
And in this place they did find inhabitants established in their towns and their cities and they did hold concourse with them.
14) And behold, they found them to be a curious people with curious customs and they did not speak the language of their fathers. Nevertheless, they did write in a manner that was in many ways similar to the Nephites, wherein characters were made that represent the thoughts of the writer. And behold, this was not so different from the manner in which the Nephites did write their characters and some few became proficient in the writing of the people of this new land. But few there were who could master their spoken tongues.
Wherefore, they did teach unto the people of the land their own tongue and there were
exceedingly many who learned it.
Wherefore, with the knowledge of the writing of the people and with those of the people that learned their tongue, the people of Hagoth were able to establish commerce with
the people of the land.
15) And behold, when they had established communication with them, they did begin to teach them the ways and customs of their fathers. For, there were many in the new land who were curious about the newcomers and desired to know of them.
Wherefore, Hagoth began to teach the people of their ways, their customs and also of their religion.
16) Now, I am told that, as Hagoth himself did often travel to this new land, that he became aware that one could, by continuing west, find one’s way back to the land of our forefathers, even the land of Jerusalem of old. And this did intrigue him greatly. And he did express a desire to travel into the west and find the land of his forefathers.
Notwithstanding his desire, he felt his responsibility to his people and he did not venture further into the west.
His desire was communicated unto others and in time, there were some few who did venture further and found many strange lands and peoples.
Some went by sea, but they did never find Jerusalem.
Some took their journey with the people they found in the lands upon which they had settled, who traveled into the west to trade. And they did find their way to the land of their forefathers.
When they returned, they reported that the land had fallen into great disarray and that the people were strange to them and no longer spoke the tongue or continued in the ways and the customs spoken of in the Brass Plates.
They discovered that the Temple was destroyed and that conquering nations had
ravaged their ancestral home.
They did find the land from which the Lord had brought Father Lehi and his family, and they were satisfied that the record that had been kept was accurate, and their faith in the ways of their fathers was strengthened.
19) Now, I am also told, that in some few places, these voyagers from the People of Hagoth of the Sea did find settlements of people who were descendents of Joseph who had been dispersed from the land of their fathers by a conquering nation and had become established in lands far to the east of Jerusalem.
descendents of Joseph were delighted to discover brothers who had also been sundered from the Jews and they did welcome them into their homes and did learn of their doing with eagerness. And when they had heard all the telling of the People of Hagoth of the Sea, they provisioned them for their return journey and begged them to return to them.
Now, whether they ever did return is not known to Ibra, but he does assume that for some time at least, the people of Hagoth of the Sea did continue in their association with them, for they had much trade with the lands they found in the west.
to be continued…cj