1 Nephi 1-7: “I Will Go and Do” (Jan 6-12)


This week, we are studying the first seven chapters in the Book of Mormon, which describe the departure of Lehi’s family from Jerusalem and the retrieval of the brass plates.

Key Events

  • Lehi sees a vision in which he learns that Jerusalem will be destroyed (1 Nephi 1)
  • Lehi and his family leave Jerusalem (1 Nephi 2)
  • Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem to obtain the brass plates (1 Nephi 3-5)
  • Lehi’s sons return to Jerusalem again and persuade Ishmael’s family to join them on their journey (1 Nephi 7)

Key Concepts

  1. Highly favored of the Lord (1 Nephi 1:1)
  2. The tender mercies of the Lord (1 Nephi 1:20)
  3. God can help us believe (1 Nephi 2:16)
  4. God’s promise to Nephi: “Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper” (1 Nephi 2:20-24)
  5. Nephi’s declaration of faith: “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded” (1 Nephi 3:7)
  6. Following the Spirit, “not knowing beforehand the things which [you] should do” (1 Nephi 4:6)
  7. Responding to criticism: “I know that I am a visionary man” (1 Nephi 5:2-6)
  8. The importance of family history (1 Nephi 5:14-16)
  9. Praying for strength instead of for a change of circumstance (1 Nephi 7:17)
  10. Frankly forgiving others (1 Nephi 7:21)


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