1 Nephi 11:10-12 — LeGrand Baker — “the Spirit of the Lord.”

1 Nephi 11:10-12 

10 And he said unto me: What desirest thou?
11 And I said unto him: To know the interpretation thereof—for I spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another
12 And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look! And I looked as if to look upon him, and I saw him not; for he had gone from before my presence.

The Spirit of the Lord asked Nephi what he desired, and Nephi responded that he wanted to know the meaning of the tree. Nephi does not tell us if the Lord answered his question or He had not told Nephi the meaning, Or perhaps Nephi chose not to tell us that part of their conversation. Nephi looked, but the Spirit of the Lord was gone. But rather he showed Nephi a vision of the city of Nazareth and of a beautiful virgin who was there.

An angel now appeared who will conduct Nephi through the rest of his interview. He first asked Nephi if he could identify the girl, then asked, “Knowest thou the condescension of God?” Nephi did not fully understand. The angel did not explain (or else Nephi chose not to share the explanation with us), but showed him another vision.

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