DOCTRINES AND PRINCIPLES IN THIS LESSON:•The Lord calls prophets to warn His children and testify of the truth (see 1Nephi 1:4–20; 2:2).•The Lord extends tender mercies to those who exercise faith in Him (see 1Nephi 1:14, 20).•The Lord provides a way for us to keep His commandments (see 1 Nephi2:11–20; 3:7–28; 4:1–38; 5:8).•The scriptures preserve the word of the Lord (see 1 Nephi 5).Chapter 21 Nephi 1-5
The Lord calls prophets to warn His childrenand testify of the truth. 1 Nephi 1:4-20; 2:2Lehi warned thepeople in Jerusalemaccording to therevelations he hadreceived.GROUP 1: 1 Nephi 1:4-11GROUP 2: 1 Nephi 1:12-17GROUP 3: 1 Nephi 1:18-20Answer the following questions:•In what ways were Lehi’s experiences similar toexperiences of other prophets?•What parallels do you see between Lehi’s visionand later experiences and the experiences of theProphet Joseph Smith?•What warning did Lehi declare to the people?ACTIVITY
What warnings has the President of the Church given recently?How do people’s responses to the prophet today compare with people’s responses to Lehi’smessage?What gives you confidence to follow the counsel of the prophet?
The Lord extends tender mercies to thosewho exercise faith in Him. 1 Nephi 1:14, 201 Nephi 1:20And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with theprophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life,that they might take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tendermercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to makethem mighty even unto the power of deliverance.“Since last October I have reflected repeatedly upon thephrase “the tender mercies of the Lord.” Throughpersonal study, observation, pondering, and prayer, Ibelieve I have come to better understand that the Lord’stender mercies are the very personal and individualizedblessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance,loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual giftswhich we receive from and because of and through theLord Jesus Christ. Truly, the Lord suits “his merciesaccording to the conditions of the children of men” (D&C46:15).”Elder David A. Bednar, April 2005 General Conference, The Tender Mercies of the LordI testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are availableto all of us and that the Redeemer of Israel is eager tobestow such gifts upon us.
“The word chosen in 1 Nephi 1:20 *1 Ne. 1:20+ is central to understanding the concept of the Lord’s tendermercies. The dictionary indicates that chosen suggests one who is selected, taken by preference, or pickedout. It also can be used to refer to the elect or chosen of God (Oxford English Dictionary Online, second ed.*1989+, “Chosen”).“Some individuals who hear or read this message erroneously may discount or dismiss in their personal livesthe availability of the tender mercies of the Lord, believing that “I certainly am not one who has been or everwill be chosen.” We may falsely think that such blessings and gifts are reserved for other people who appearto be more righteous or who serve in visible Church callings. I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord areavailable to all of us and that the Redeemer of Israel is eager to bestow such gifts upon us.“To be or to become chosen is not an exclusive status conferred upon us. Rather, you and I ultimatelydetermine if we are chosen. Please now note the use of the word chosen in the following verses from theDoctrine and Covenants:“Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?“Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men” (D&C121:34–35; emphasis added).“I believe the implication of these verses is quite straightforward. God does not have a list of favorites towhich we must hope our names will someday be added. He does not limit “the chosen” to a restricted few.Rather, it is our hearts and our aspirations and our obedience which definitively determine whether we arecounted as one of God’s chosen.”
GROUP 1: 1 Nephi 1-7GROUP 2: 1 Nephi 8-14GROUP 3: 1 Nephi 15-22ACTIVITYLook in the chapter headings for instances ofdeliverance. List your findings. Assign a rep toreport.Almost every chapter in 1 Nephi describes the deliverance of aperson or a group of people. Deliverance is a central theme in theBook of Mormon.
The Lord provides a way for us to keep His commandments.1 Nephi 2:11-20; 3:7-28; 4:1-38; 5:8In 3:1-5, what command is given to Lehi and hissons?Why do you think Laman and Lemuel would saythat this command was “a hard thing”?SCRIPTURE MASTERY!!!1 Nephi 3:7And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto myfather: I will go and do the things which the Lordhath commanded, for I know that the Lordgiveth no commandments unto the children ofmen, save he shall prepare a way for them thatthey may accomplish the thing which hecommandeth them.How do you think Nephi knew that Godwould prepare a way?What is the difference between theattitude of Nephi and Sam and theattitude of Laman and Lemuel?Why Nephi and Sam were more ready toobey the Lord?
(see Student Manual, p.410)The distance from Jerusalem to the RedSea is approximately 180 miles. Lehi andhis family had “traveled three days”beyond this point (see 1 Nephi 2:5–6).This meant at least a 12- to 14-day tripone way from Jerusalem to theirtemporary home in the valley ofLemuel.
(see 1 Nephi 3-4)Obtaining the Brass Plates from LabanIn this story, what are some examples of how God helped Nephi accomplish the things Hehad commanded, even when those tasks seemed impossible?
The scriptures preserve the word of the Lord. 1 Nephi 52 Nephi 5:10-1610 And after they had given thanks unto the God of Israel, my father,Lehi, took the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass,and he did search them from the beginning.11 And he beheld that they did contain the five books of Moses, whichgave an account of the creation of the world, and also of Adam andEve, who were our first parents;12 And also a record of the Jews from the beginning, even down tothe commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah;13 And also the prophecies of the holy prophets, from the beginning,even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah; and alsomany prophecies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah.14 And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon theplates of brass a genealogy of his fathers; wherefore he knew that hewas a descendant of Joseph; yea, even that Joseph who was the son ofJacob, who was sold into Egypt, and who was preserved by the hand ofthe Lord, that he might preserve his father, Jacob, and all hishousehold from perishing with famine.15 And they were also led out of captivity and out of the land ofEgypt, by that same God who had preserved them.16 And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers.And Laban also was a descendant of Joseph, wherefore he and hisfathers had kept the records.sundayschoolapologetics.blogspot.com
According to 1 Nephi 5:17, how did the study of thesescriptures affect Lehi?Why do you think that studying the contents of the brassplates mentioned in verses 10–16 would bring about theblessings described in verse 17?How did Lehi and Nephi show that they valued thescriptures?What can we do to show that we value the scriptures?1 Nephi 5:17 And now when my father saw all thesethings, he was filled with the Spirit, and began toprophesy concerning his seed—http://m.deseretnews.com/article/865578467/The-standard-works-digital-vs-print-What-works-for-you.htmlDigital VS Traditional?Something to
WITHOUT SCRIPTURES WITH SCRIPTURESMore than 300 years after Lehi and hisfamily left Jerusalem, his descendantsdiscovered a group of people whoseancestors had also fled Jerusalem. Thesepeople, who now lived in a city they calledZarahemla, had not carried writtenscriptures with them. (see Omni 1:14-17)What happened to this people’s faithand language because they did not havea scriptural record? Why do you thinkthe lack of the scriptures had this effecton them?How did they feel when they learnedthat Mosiah and his people had ascriptural record?The people of Zarahemla and the Nephitesunited under the leadership of Mosiah. AfterMosiah died, his son Benjamin served as thepeople’s king. Benjamin taught his sons“concerning the records which were engravenon the plates of brass” (see Mosiah 1:1-5)How did King Benjamin and his people benefitbecause the brass plates had been preserved?What can we do to preserve the scriptures forourselves and our families?