1 Nephi 1-5
Revelation is the way God communicates with His children on this earth. Both Lehi in Jerusalem and Joseph Smith in America were faced with religious tumult in the community. In both instances religious people believed that they were still being righteous and following God’s word, but in both instances, neither society was actually living the complete doctrine of the gospel. In order to preserve the righteous, God reveals Himself to righteous men who have a sincere desire to follow Him and learn the true doctrine. Lehi and Joseph Smith did not want to know what the world thought of the truths of the gospel. They wanted to know the actual truths of the gospel, and they wanted to live those teachings, and teach them to others.
After reading the book he received in his vision, Lehi proclaimed “…thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish.” (1 Nephi 1:14) When we come to the Lord to seek wisdom and understanding, He will not leave us to perish.