Nephi Receives Great Power

“Nephi Receives Great Power,” Friend, Aug. 1995, 16

Nephi Receives Great Power

Nephi was sad

Thinking about what the Lord had shown him, and about the wickedness of the Nephites, Nephi walked sadly toward his home. Hel. 10:1–3


The Lord spoke to Nephi, praising him for being obedient and for his tireless efforts to teach the gospel. Hel. 10:4


Nephi was blessed with the power to do all things, because the Lord knew that Nephi could be trusted to use it righteously. Hel. 10:5–7


The Lord told Nephi to warn the people that if they did not repent, they would be destroyed. Nephi went at once to warn the people. Hel. 10:11–12

Nephi in prison

The Nephites did not believe Nephi. They tried to throw him into prison. Hel. 10:14–15


The power of God protected Nephi, and he went from place to place declaring the word of God to all the people. Hel. 10:16–17


But the Nephites became even more wicked, and there were wars throughout the land. Hel. 11:1–2

Nephi prayed

Nephi prayed for a famine, hoping that the lack of food would humble the Nephites and help them repent. Hel. 11:3–4


The famine came: There was no rain, so the ground dried up and grain would not grow. The people stopped fighting. Hel. 11:5–6

many died

The people were hungry, and many of them died. Those who lived began to remember the Lord and the words of Nephi. Hel. 11:7

people repented

The people repented of their sins and begged their judges to ask Nephi to pray for the famine to stop. The judges went to Nephi. Hel. 11:8–9

Nephi prayed

When Nephi saw that the people had become humble and repented, he asked the Lord to stop the famine.Hel. 11:10–12

fruit and grain

The Lord answered Nephi’s prayers, and the fruit and grain began to grow again. The people glorified God and thought of Nephi as a great prophet. Hel. 11:17–18

people joined the church

Most of the people joined the church. They became rich, and their cities grew. They had peace in the land. Hel. 11:20–21


Then some Nephites who had earlier joined the Lamanites, and some Lamanites went to war against the Nephites. Hel. 11:24–25

Nephites became wicked

The Nephites tried to destroy their enemies—who had become Gadianton robbers—but could not because they themselves had become wicked again. Then they remembered the Lord. Hel. 11:28–34


As the Nephites became righteous, the Lord blessed them. As they became proud and forgot Him, He gave them problems to help them remember Him. Hel. 12:1–3

Illustrated by Jerry Thompson