“Home-Study Lesson: 1 Nephi 15–19 (Unit 4)” Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2012)
“Unit 4,” Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual
This week students studied significant events that occurred as Lehi’s family traveled through the wilderness and across the ocean to the promised land. This lesson will help students review those events and discuss and testify of the principles they learned. Help the students recognize how Nephi remained faithful in difficult circumstances. Encourage them to follow his example of obedience and trust in the Lord during difficult times.
If the following pictures are available, prepare to display them:
The Liahona (62041; Gospel Art Book , no. 68)
Nephi Subdues His Rebellious Brothers (62044; Gospel Art Book, no. 70)
Lehi and His People Arrive in the Promised Land (62045; Gospel Art Book, no. 71)
To help students review and understand the background of what they studied this week, randomly display the pictures and have students put them in chronological order. Invite them to imagine they are news editors and need to write a three- to six-word headline for each picture. Show the pictures in order, and ask the class to respond with a headline. You may want to read aloud the chapter summaries for 1 Nephi 15–18 to give them some ideas.
To prepare students to discuss 1 Nephi 15, have them tell about an activity they participate in that requires effort on their part before they are able to enjoy the results. These may include activities such as schoolwork, playing a musical instrument, or athletics.
Write 1 Nephi 15:2–3, 7–11 on the board, and give students time to read these verses. Ask them why Nephi’s brothers did not receive the same understanding Nephi received concerning Lehi’s revelations.
After listening to their responses, help them identify that receiving inspiration and direction from the Lord first requires righteous living, effort, and faith on our part. You may want to highlight this principle by writing it on the board.
Ask students to ponder and answer the following question: What experiences have you had that have helped you know this principle is true?
Write resilient on the board. Ask students what it means to be resilient. Following their responses, write on the board: strong and unbroken in situations of difficulty or pressure.
To help students understand how the word resilient relates to Nephi, assign one of the following chapters to each student: 1 Nephi 16, 17, or 18. If you have a large class, it may be helpful to put students into groups and have them work together on a chapter.
Write the following questions on the board. Encourage students to use their assigned chapter and the related student manual material to answer the questions.
Allow sufficient time for students to complete this exercise. Then ask at least one student assigned to each chapter to share his or her answers. (If you have enough students, you may want to have a different student report on each question for each chapter.)
Invite a student to read aloud the following statement by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
“Why do we need such resilient faith? Because difficult days are ahead. Rarely in the future will it be easy or popular to be a faithful Latter-day Saint. Each of us will be tested. … Persecution can either crush you into silent weakness or motivate you to be more exemplary and courageous in your daily lives.
“How you deal with life’s trials is part of the development of your faith. Strength comes when you remember that you have a divine nature, an inheritance of infinite worth” (“Face the Future with Faith,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 35–36).
Invite students to share ideas about how they can meet life’s challenges and personal tests as Nephi did.
As time permits, ask students to review what they wrote in their scripture study journals for day 4, assignment 5. Ask if any of them would be willing to share what they wrote about their love for the Savior. Then share your feelings about the Savior.
Nephi loved the Savior and remembered Him in his trials. Testify that as we love and remember the Savior, He will help and support us in our trials.
In the next unit, students will study some of Lehi’s last words to his family before he died. They will also read a prophecy of very ancient date, long before Christ, about the Prophet Joseph Smith.