- 1 Nephi 11-15: “Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God” (January 20-26)After hearing his father’s dream and his father’s prophecies, Nephi wanted to see the things his father had seen. As a result, he experienced an expansive, interactive vision, which enabled him to explain his father’s words to his brothers.
Nephi’s Vision: The Life of Jesus Christ (1 Nephi 11)
- How does the birth of Jesus Christ help us understand the love of God?
- What does the Book of Mormon teach about the baptism of Jesus?
- What is the significance of the title “the Lamb of God?”
- What does it mean to “cast out devils?”
Nephi’s Vision: His Posterity (1 Nephi 12)
- How can I recognize the temptations of the devil?
- What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
Nephi’s Vision: Apostasy and Restoration (1 Nephi 13)
- What is the “great and abominable church?”
- What does the Book of Mormon teach about the United States of America?
- What is an “awful state of blindness” or an “state of awful woundedness?”
- What are “plain and precious” things?
- What is Zion?
Nephi’s Vision: The Church of the Devil vs. the Church of the Lamb of God (1 Nephi 14)
Receiving Revelation (1 Nephi 11, 15)
A knowledge of the mysteries of God was important to Nephi. He knew that he was “highly favored of the Lord” because he “had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God” (1 Nephi 1:1). His first recorded spiritual experience came because he had “great desires to know of the mysteries of… Continue Reading →
Moses prophesied that his people would eventually forget the Lord and would be scattered among all nations. But he made a promise about what would happen next: If from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul (Deuteronomy 4:29,… Continue Reading →
After describing a spiritual dream to his family and urging two of his sons to repent, Lehi went on to prophesy about a number of future events. Because he had recently obtained the brass plates, which contained the words of many prophets, it’s likely that his awareness of these events was enhanced by his study… Continue Reading →
Nephi opens his writings with a statement of conviction: And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge (1 Nephi 1:3). He is unafraid to declare what he knows. For example, here is his reason for accepting… Continue Reading →
Lehi’s dream opens with a depressing scene: a “dark and dreary wilderness” (1 Nephi 8:4). A heavenly messenger beckons him forward, and then for several hours he walks through “a dark and dreary waste” (1 Nephi 8:7-8). The concept of a “dreary” wilderness must have resonated with some members of Lehi’s family, who had unfavorably… Continue Reading →
Not long after Lehi and his family left Jerusalem, he related to them a spiritual dream he had experienced. The central focus of the dream was “a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy” (1 Nephi 8:10). This tree represents the love of God (1 Nephi 11:21-22), and every character in the dream… Continue Reading →
The Book of Mormon begins with a family. Not a blissful, idyllic family, but a troubled one. A family with sibling rivalry, parent-child discord, and even marital conflict. In other words, a real family. With God’s help, this family achieved miraculous things: they escaped certain destruction in Jerusalem, traveled through the wilderness and across the… Continue Reading →