While praying for the welfare of the people of Jerusalem, Lehi has a vision of a pillar of fire symbolizing the destruction of the city. He is overwhelmed and returns home where he has a vision of God sitting upon his throne and the angels singing praises to him. He sees Jesus Christ and the twelve apostles descend from heaven and they give him a book telling him of the coming destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon and enslavement of the Jewish people. Lehi went back to Jerusalem to prophesy and warn people of the destruction of the city. The people only mocked Lehi and tried to stone him.
God commanded Lehi in a dream to take his family and flee into the wilderness for safety. Lehi and his family left his wealth and travelled to the mountains near the Red Sea. When they arrive in a valley they pitched their tents near a river. Lehi built an altar of stones and