Book of Mormon
Lesson 33
“A Sure Foundation”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will to encourage us to build our testimonies on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

Scripture references for study:  Helaman 1–5
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Lesson 33 Handout (PDF)

Helaman 1 - Sedition & Invasion

A succession crisis.


Helaman 2 - Gadianton

Following the Lamanite invasion, the Nephite government began to reconstitute itself.

Kishkumen and the Paanchi conspirators continued to be active in pursuit of power.

Mormon's commentary.

Helaman 3 - A Season of Migration

Helaman 3 tells the account of Nephites who left the land of Zarahemla and migrated to the land northward.

Back in the main Nephite lands.

In the 53rd year of the reign of the judges Helaman died and his oldest son, Nephi, became the chief judge (great-grandson of Alma the Younger).

Helaman 4 - Except The Lord Keep The City

Another civil rebellion.

Some time later another group of dissenters went up to the land of the Lamanites, and along with the previous group, were able to persuade the Lamanites to again go to war against the Nephites.

Mormon comments on the reasons for the great losses of the Nephites.

Helaman 5 - Roots, Not Branches

In 30 B.C. Nephi yielded up the judgment seat to one Cezoram.

"For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted. Yea, and this was not all; they were a stiffnecked people, insomuch that they could not be governed by the law nor justice, save it were to their destruction.
    "And it came to pass that Nephi had become weary because of their iniquity; and he yielded up the judgment-seat, and took it upon him to preach the word of God all the remainder of his days, and his brother Lehi also, all the remainder of his days."
(Helaman 5:2-4)

The mission of Nephi and his brother Lehi.

They continued into the Lamanite lands and received a cooler reception.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the events discussed in this lesson. What specific principles can you apply to your life? How?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon by Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet.

Feed My Sheep: Leadership Ideas for Latter-day Shepherds by Alexander B. Morrison.

Studies In Scripture, Volume 8, edited by Kent P. Jackson (Daniel C. Peterson, Their Own Worst Enemies).

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

The Prophetic Book of Mormon by Hugh Nibley.

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