Book of Mormon
Lesson 34
“How Could You Have Forgotten Your God?”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us recognize the cycle that leads from righteousness to wickedness and back to righteousness.

Scripture references for study:  Helaman 6–12
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Helaman 6

Nephi and Lehi had greater success among the Lamanites than the Nephites.

At this time there was peace in all the land (v7).

The chief judge Cezoram is murdered by an unknown hand about 26 B.C. (v15).

By the following year the people had begun to grow exceedingly wicked again (v16).


The secret combination of Gadianton.

The Nephites grew steadily in wickedness, while they Lamanites grew more righteous.


The Significance of the Secret Combinations.

God's Ways or Man's: The Ultimate Choice

The War In Heaven.

The Book of Mormon is unequaled in all literature in outlining the paths of good and evil, and their consequences.

Mormon included a classic example of the contrast between good and evil in Helaman 7-12.

The events in these chapters transpired as the time for the birth of the Savior approached: 23 BC to 7 BC.

The Unsteadiness of the Natural Man - Helaman 12

Mormon comments on humanity in this fallen state (see Helaman 12):

The Spiritual Consistency of Nephi

"And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men" (Helaman 12:1).

Mormon provides a contrast to the above statement through the example of the righteous life of Nephi (great-grandson of Alma the younger).

Additional Notes

Helaman 7.

Helaman 8.

Helaman 9.

Chapter 10.

Chapter 11.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, speaking of the Book of Mormon stated: "No other written testament so clearly illustrates the fact that when men and nations walk in the fear of God and in obedience to his commandments, they prosper and grow, but when they disregard him and his word, there comes a decay that, unless arrested by righteousness, leads to impotence and death." (Ensign, Nov 1979, p8)

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the principles recorded in these chapters. In what way can you apply these principles to your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson


History of the Church (HC).

Studies In Scripture, Volume 8, edited by Kent P. Jackson.

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