Book of Mormon
Lesson 2
“All Things According to His Will”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us see, through the examples of Lehi and Nephi, that safety and salvation come through obedience to the Lord.

Scripture references for study:  1 Nephi 1–7
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Resource notes: Click on links for expanded information.

Lesson 2 Handout (PDF)


Historical Background
 
609 B.C. King Josiah Twenty years prior to the Book of Mormon, the Kingdom of Judah was experiencing its last period of greatness. Josiah lost his life at the Battle of Megiddo in 609 B.C., leading his armies to stop the advance of the Egyptians, under Pharaoh Nechoh, toward the Euphrates. Nechoh gained control of Judah’s political life.
609 B.C. Jehoahaz Son of Josiah. Became king at his fathers death. Nechoh took him away to Egypt and put his brother Eliakim on the throne. His name was changed to Jehoiakim. He reigned 11 years.
598 B.C. Jehoiakim Jehoiakim was bound and carried away to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar along with thousands of others.
Jehoiachin Jehoiakim’s son allowed to rule as a vassal king of the Babylonians. He reigned only three months and then was summoned to Babylon along with "ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths."
598 B.C. Zedekiah Jehoiachin’s uncle, Mattaniah began to reign in his stead. His name was changed to Zedekiah. Book of Mormon history begins in the first year of Zedekiah’s reign. According to Bible chronology, that was in 598 or 597 B.C.
The Prophets Nephi wrote that "there came many prophets prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city of Jerusalem must be destroyed" (1 Nephi 1:4). Lehi’s contemporaries included Jeremiah, Huldah, Zephaniah, Habukkuk, Ezekiel, and Urijah of Kirjath-jearim.
Lehi's Home According to 1 Nephi 1:4 and 1:7, Lehi and his family were living at Jerusalem. The preposition "at" in this case could mean on, in, within, close by, or near. Lehi could have lived several miles away and still be considered living at Jerusalem. Any satellite towns or villages that surrounded larger population centers were regarded in ancient times as belonging to those larger centers. That Lehi and his family lived outside of Jerusalem proper is evidenced in the account of the sons' attempt to obtain the plates with their abandoned wealth:  "We went down to the land of our inheritance, and we did gather together our gold, and our silver, and our precious things.  And after we gathered these things together, we went up unto the house of Laban" (1 Nephi 3:22-23).

Resource Note 1Glimpses of Lehi's Jerusalem


Into The Wilderness

"For behold, it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father, yea, even in a dream, and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee, behold, they seek to take away thy life. And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness." (1 Nephi 2:1-2)

Lehi and his family traveled south from Jerusalem about two-hundred miles to the Red Sea.

An exemplary role model or hero.

Laman & Lemuel murmur.

"And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart. And inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands." (1 Nephi 2:19-20)


The Brass Plates

Lehi and his family have traveled about two hundred miles into the wilderness.

The sons of Lehi packed tents and returned to the land of Jerusalem.

Three attempts at securing the plates.

The Content and Importance of the Brass Plates.


A Second Journey To Jerusalem

The sons of Lehi, along with Zoram, return to the wilderness to join their parents.

1 Nephi 5 (v1-3) indicates that Sariah complained to Lehi about the possible loss of her sons. This was not an easy thing for the family of Lehi. Great sacrifices were involved.

In Chapter 7 the sons of Lehi are once again commanded to return to Jerusalem. WHY?

Nephi lays down the criteria for that which should be written in this record.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the story of the Lehi and his family. Are you striving to be like Nephi or do you sometimes follow in the path of Laman and Lemuel? What traits of Nephi might you strive to incorporate in your life?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Gospel Standards by Heber J. Grant.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Studies In Scripture, Volume 7, edited by Kent P. Jackson.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 4, by Bruce R. McConkie.


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