Book of Mormon
Lesson 5
ďHearken to the Truth, and Give Heed unto ItĒ

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will inspire us to follow Nephiís example of faith and willing obedience.

Scripture references for study:  1 Nephi 16Ė22
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Lesson 5 Handout (PDF)

Nephi & His Brothers - A Comparison

Nephi wrote, "We had suffered many afflictions and much difficulty, yea, even so much that we cannot write them all" (1 Nephi 17:6).

As you review 1 Nephi 16-18 consider where you would place yourself on the following scale. More importantly, which direction are you moving on the scale?

The Nephi/Laman Scale




Respects Authority
Praises the Lord during
tough times     

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Complains and murmurs
Talks against parents
     and spiritual leaders
Complains and no action
Does not seek the Lord
Angry and murmurs

The Nephi/Laman Scale Handout: Click here for a page formatted for printing 3 scales per page.

Consider the contrast:

The Liahona

We continue the story of Lehi's family after Nephi has explained his father's dream to his brothers. The family remains in the wilderness after having gone back for the family of Ishmael.

"And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night, and commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journey into the wilderness. And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness." (1 Nephi 16:9-10)

Throughout the scriptures we find incidents or items that are a type or representation of things.

As Nephi wrote about the Liahona he said, "And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things" (1 Nephi 16:29).

The Broken Bow Incident

Nephi says  that as he "went forth to slay food" he broke his bow made from "fine steel" (16:18). As a consequence, things became "exceedingly difficult" (16:21) and they were unable to obtain food.

As the Lehi family continued on their journey, Ishmael died. His daughters sorely grieved the loss and murmured against Lehi (16:34-35).

Lehiís family continues in the wilderness.

The Sea Journey

After completing the ship and filling it with supplies, the Lehi family went into the ship and "did put forth into the sea and were driven forth before the wind towards the promised land" (18:8).

This was a long journey and the more rebellious became bored and "began to make themselves merry" by dancing, and singing, and speaking "with much rudeness." (18:9)

Nephi was concerned with their irreverent attitude and spoke to them "with much soberness" (18:10).



Nephi Teaches From Isaiah

In 1 Nephi 19 Nephi writes of prophets who prophesied regarding the Savior.

Nephi & Isaiah.

1 Nephi 20-22.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the Lehi family's experiences in the wilderness and in crossing the sea. Where do you stand on the Nephi/Laman scale? What can you do this week to move closer to the Nephi side of the scale?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Comprehensive History of the Church by B.H. Roberts.

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