Plain and Precious Things: The Temple Religion of the Book of Mormon's Visionary Men
by D.J. Butler
Nephi's small plates are a time capsule from the sixth century B.C., containing a "loser's eye view" of religion that strongly contrasts with the ideology of the Jerusalem establishment of the time. Lehi's dream and Nephi's interpretive vision are visionary-literary accounts of the two ordinances at the heart of the worship of Lehi's 'visionary men.'