Book of Mormon
Lesson 6
Free to Choose Liberty and Eternal Life


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us have a greater desire to “choose liberty and eternal life” through Jesus Christ, “the great Mediator of all men” (2 Nephi 2:27).

Scripture references for study:  2 Nephi 1–2
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Lesson 6 Handout (PDF)


2 Nephi 1

As he nears the end of his life, Lehi teaches and counsels his family.

The destruction of Jerusalem.

A Land of Promise.

The pleading of a parent about to leave this world.


2 Nephi 2

2 Nephi 1 is a warning given by Lehi, not only to his sons, but to his posterity and the modern generation.

The Creation.

The teachings of Lehi to his son Jacob are profound and ring through the ages. Mormon included these writings in the plates for "a wise purpose." The Lord knew we would need these vital teachings in our day to counteract the teachings of unbelieving men. As Lehi pointed out so eloquently, if there is no law or commandments there is no sin. How can we break something that does not exist? There may be changeable morals in society, but still there is no sin. If there is no sin, how can we choose to do good. If there is no sin, there is no God. If there are no sins, laws, or God, what is the purpose of life?
    Years ago, a friend and I went made a trip from Utah to the San Francisco Bay area and down the central California coast. As we drove on the crowded freeways around San Francisco (many more cars than we were accustomed to back in Utah County), we wondered where so many people could be heading. It was the afternoon rush hour, so most were returning home after a day at work. Still, we wondered what their ultimate destination might be? Were they just driving up and down the freeway with no purpose other than making a living and looking forward to the weekend? As we continued our discussion, we talked about our eternal destiny. We do have a Heavenly Father who created this world. The world was created as a school, to help us prepare for eternal life. We have been given the agency to choose how we would like to spend our eternity, but it is dependent on the choices we make. Knowing that we would make some wrong choices, our loving Father provided a sacrifice to pay for our mistakes. In order to activate the Atonement in our life, we are required to repent, change our ways, and then choose to obey the laws and commandments. Otherwise, we will be bound by "awful chains" and we will no longer be able to choose our eternal destiny. As Lehi stated, let us "arise from the dust...and be men [and women], and be determined in one mind and in one heart, united in all things".


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on Lehi's teachings. What does it mean to "awake from a deep sleep" and to "shake off the chains with which ye are bound?" What does it mean in your life?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Be of Good Cheer by Marvin J. Ashton.

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

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).


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