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Nephi Teaches

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite the Books in the Book of Mormon.
    Read 1 Nephi 19:1-12.
    • Verses 1-6: Nephi talks about two sets of plates. Why did Nephi make two sets of plates? The “other plates” was passed down from king to king and was a historical record of the Nephite people. “These plates” is the record that is now in the Book of Mormon and was passed down from prophet to prophet. These are the more spiritual record of the events.
    • Verse 10: Who were Zenock, Neum, and Zenos? Look at footnote 10g for a clue.


  2. Recite 1 Nephi 3:7.
    Read 1 Nephi 19:13-24.
    • Verse 23: Mark, copy, and memorize this verse. Nephi said, “I did liken all scriptures unto us….” That’s a good thing to do. How can you liken the scriptures to your life? When you’re reading the scriptures, you might want to ask yourself, “What is so important about this scripture that it was included?” Or, “How can I apply this scripture to my life?” Write what this verse means to you.


  3. Recite 1 Nephi 19:23.
    Read 1 Nephi 20.
    • Chapters 20 and 21 are the words of Isaiah, from the brass plates. It is almost exactly the way Isaiah’s words are recorded in the Bible. Nephi quoted Isaiah to his brothers so that they could more fully believe in the Lord. Isaiah prophesied many things, but wrote in a way that is difficult for many people to understand. It is possible for you to understand Isaiah better if you pray and ask for guidance. Isaiah speaks Messianically. What does that mean? As you learn the meaning of some of the hidden truths that Isaiah taught, remember to write the meanings in your scriptures.
    • Verse 4: These things describe pride.
    • Verse 14: Babylon is representative of the world.
    • Verse 20: Avoid the things of the world.
    • Verse 21: This is about Moses.


  4. Recite 1 Nephi 19:23.
    Read 1 Nephi 21.
    • Verse 11: The second coming of Jesus Christ.
    • Verses 14-16: Do you ever feel like the Lord has forgotten you? What does the Lord mean when he says, “I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands”?
    • Verse 20: The gathering of Israel.
    • Verse 25: The Lord will fight for the righteous.


  5. Recite 1 Nephi 19:23.
    Read 1 Nephi 22:1-19.
    • This chapter is Nephi’s explanation of the Isaiah chapters.
    • Verse 1: Nephi’s brothers ask Nephi to explain the scriptures. It seems like they want to know if the things described by Isaiah will happen just like he said, or if it is all just figuratively speaking. What do you think?
    • Verses 5 & 6: The Israelites will be scattered all over the world and will grow physically and spiritually in the Gentile nations where they live.
    • Verse 7: What nation is Nephi talking about?
    • Verse 8: What is the marvelous work? See footnote 8a.
    • Verses 9-19: This is about the last days


  6. Recite 1 Nephi 19:23.
    Read 1 Nephi 22:20-31.
    • Verses 20 & 21: This is about Jesus.
    • Verses 24 & 25: This is about the gathering of Israel.
    • Verse 30: Nephi bears his testimony.
    Write a summary of the major events of 1 Nephi. You can use chapter headings to help you remember.

    Start a Heroes/Anti-Heroes Chart. Divide a blank sheet of paper in half. Write "Good Guys" on one side, and "Bad Guys" on the other. Now put the names of the main people from first Nephi in the correct columns. Your page should look something like this:
    Good Guys
    Lehi
    Nephi
    Sam
    Joseph
    Jacob
    Bad Guys
    Laman
    Lemuel



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