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The Liahona, the Bow, and the Boat

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite Ether 12:27.
    Read 1 Nephi 16:1-13.
    • Verses 1-4: Laman and Lemuel complained that the things that Nephi said are hard. They said they can’t do it. Do you ever get angry when someone tells you how you can do better? Nephi said, “the guilty taketh the truth to be hard”. Maybe you need to repent.
    • Verse 7: Here is a big reason why Ishmael’s family needed to come.
    • Verse 10: What do we call the thing that Lehi found? If you need help, look up the scriptures in footnote 10a.
    • Verse 13: Where do you think they are now? Mark it on the map.

  2. Recite Ether 12:27.
    Read 1 Nephi 16:14-39.
    • Laman and Lemuel are complaining again! Ishmael’s daughters complain, and even Lehi complains! Yes, they were in difficult circumstances, but they were blessed when they stopped complaining and humbled themselves. Fortunately, Nephi didn’t complain, but he continued to have faith. Because of Nephi’s faithfulness, everyone was saved.
    • Verse 28: The Liahona worked according to their faith. We can also receive revelation according to our faith.
    • Tell the story of Nephi and his bow.

  3. Recite Ether 12:27.
    Read 1 Nephi 17:1-22.
    • Verses 1-5: Where do you think they are now? Put this on the map.
    • Verse 3: Notice how the author says "Thus we see". These statements are found throughout the book of Mormon and perhaps were inserted by Mormon himself to point out lessons we can learn from what we read.
    • Verses 8-19: Sing verse 2 of "Nephi’s Courage" (cs, p. ???)
    • Verse 22: Laman and Lemuel said that the people is Jerusalem were righteous. Lehi said that they were wicked. Laman and Lemuel wanted to believe that their friends in Jerusalem were good. After all, that’s just how most people are, right? Wrong. The Lord expects more from his people. Remember to be careful of how you judge others. Just because a lot of people like someone, it doesn’t mean that that person is good.
    • Watch "I Will Prepare the Way" on the Book of Mormon video.

  4. Recite Ether 12:27.
    Read 1 Nephi 17: 23-43.
    • Since his brothers were lacking faith, Nephi preached to them. Nephi reminds his brothers of the many great things the Lord has done for the Israelites. Why is it important to remember these things?
    • Verse 37: The Lord does have a hand in creating and destroying nations.
    • It’s interesting how Nephi was able to use his understanding of history to teach a lesson to his brothers.

  5. Recite Ether 12:27.
    Read 1 Nephi 17:44-55.
    • Verse 45: What does it mean to be "past feeling"? Have you ever felt like that? Laman and Lemuel heard the word of the Lord, but did not feel the spirit of the Lord. Apparently, it’s more important to feel the spirit than to hear his word. What can you do to feel the spirit more in your life?

  6. Recite Moroni 10:4-5.
    Read 1 Nephi 18.
    • Verses 1-4: Under the direction of the Lord, Nephi was able to accomplish a great thing. You can also accomplish great things as you do the things that the Lord expects of you.
    • Verses 9-15: Lehi’s whole family suffered great afflictions because some of them were rude. Please remember that rudeness may have a bad affect on everyone around you, including your whole family.
    • Verse 16: Nephi was in a horrible situation, yet he did not complain, but he still praised God.
    • Verse 23: Where is the promised land? Mark this on the map.
    • Tell the story of Lehi’s family crossing the ocean.

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