2 Nephi 3:4–5

Lehi teaches his son Joseph that they are descendants of the Joseph who was carried away captive into Egypt. Joseph of Egypt saw Lehi’s day, and the Lord promised Joseph that a righteous branch of his descendants would be broken off but remembered in the covenants of the Lord.

4 For behold, thou art the fruit of my loins; and I am a descendant of Joseph who was carried captive into Egypt. And great were the covenants of the Lord which he made unto Joseph.
5 Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

“Joseph of old sought the Lord—this we cannot doubt—to gain the blessings promised him by Jacob. As his years ebbed to a close, ‘Joseph said unto his brethren, I die, and go unto my father; and I go down to my grave with joy. . . . For the Lord hath visited me, and I have obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of my loins, the Lord God will raise up a righteous branch out of my loins.’ . . . ‘And it shall come to pass that [Israel] shall be scattered . . . ,’ he continued, ‘and a branch shall be broken off, and shall be carried into a far country.’ Those of whom he thus speaks are, of course, the Lehite peoples. His continuing words tell of this branch . . . All of this was written on the Brass Plates and has been restored in chapter 50 of Genesis in the Joseph Smith Translation. Lehi, finding these things about his people on the Brass Plates, quoted relevant portions that are preserved for us in the Book of Mormon. It is to this source we now turn for a full explanation of what is involved.

“‘Joseph truly saw our day,’ Lehi said. ‘And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.’ The Messiah, after His resurrection, is to visit the Nephites, for they are to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord and are to rejoice in that fulness of gospel light which prepares men for the fulness of glory in the Lord’s eternal kingdom.”

(A New Witness for the Articles of Faith [1985], 424.)

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