â€œLesson 17: 1 Nephi 16,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2012)
â€œLesson 17,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual
After being pricked in their hearts by Nephiâ€™s words, Laman and Lemuel humbled themselves before the Lord. The family continued their journey into the wilderness, and the Lord blessed them with the Liahona, through which He guided them in their journey. As they traveled, they experienced hardships, including the loss of Nephiâ€™s bow, which was their best means of obtaining food. Most of the familyâ€”even Lehiâ€”began to murmur against the Lord. Nephi chastised his brethren for complaining, constructed a new bow, and sought his fatherâ€™s counsel regarding where he should hunt.
Ask students to think about a time when they were reprimanded for doing something wrong and about how they responded. Then ask a student to read 1 Nephi 16:1 aloud. Before he or she reads, invite the class to listen for Laman and Lemuelâ€™s response to Nephiâ€™s teachings. Remind students that Nephi taught that the wicked would be separated from the righteous and cast out of Godâ€™s presence (see 1 Nephi 15:33â€“36).
Invite students to read 1 Nephi 16:2 silently. You may want to suggest that they mark the phrase Nephi used to describe how some people react to hearing truth when they are not living it.
What do you think it means that â€œthe guilty taketh the truth to be hardâ€? What do you think is the meaning of the phrase â€œit cutteth them to the very centerâ€?
What are some ways we might respond if a truth is hard to bear?
Invite students to read 1 Nephi 16:3â€“4 silently. You may want to suggest that they mark the words if and then in verse 3. Encourage them to look for the counsel Nephi gave his brothers regarding how they should respond to the â€œhard thingsâ€ he had said. Invite a student to explain in his or her own words what Nephi taught his brothers.
In what ways do you think such a gift would have been helpful to Lehi and his family in their circumstances?
Invite a few students to take turns reading aloud from 1 Nephi 16:16â€“19.
How did the Liahona benefit Lehiâ€™s family?
After Lehiâ€™s family received the Liahona, was their journey easy or difficult? What does Nephi relate in 1 Nephi 16:17â€“19 to support your answer?
Why do you think righteous people, such as Lehi and Nephi, sometimes have to face trials? (You may want to explain that many trials we face are not necessarily consequences for wrong choices. Rather, they are chances to learn and grow as part of our mortal journey.)
Invite half of the class to search 1 Nephi 16:20â€“22 silently, looking for how some of Lehiâ€™s family reacted to the trial of Nephiâ€™s broken bow. Invite the other half of the class to search 1 Nephi 16:23â€“25, 30â€“32, looking for Nephiâ€™s response to this trial and how his response affected his family. After each group reports what they have discovered, ask:
What can we learn by comparing these two responses to the same trial?
Why is it significant that Nephi went to his father for direction, even though Lehi had been murmuring? What principles can we learn from this to apply in our lives? (You may want to explain that by going to Lehi for direction, Nephi showed respect for him and helped remind him to turn to the Lord. Seeking counsel from parents and priesthood leaders, despite their imperfections, is a way of honoring them and exercising faith in the Lord.)
What additional principles can we learn from Nephiâ€™s response to his familyâ€™s adversity? (As students share their ideas, be sure to emphasize that if we do all we can and also seek the Lordâ€™s direction, then He will help us through our difficulties.)
Ask a student to read 1 Nephi 16:26â€“29 aloud. Invite the class to look for details about how the Lord used the Liahona to guide Lehiâ€™s family. To help students understand and apply what these verses teach about receiving the Lordâ€™s guidance, ask the following questions:
What is the difference between casually following the direction of the Lord and following the Lordâ€™s direction with faith and diligence?
What principle is taught in these three passages? (Ensure that students understand that by small means, the Lord can bring about great things. You may want to write this principle on the board.)
According to these verses, what â€œsmall meansâ€ has the Lord provided to give us guidance?
Write the following questions on the board, making it clear that each question is missing a word or phrase. (You may want to do this before class.)
Divide the class into three groups, with a leader in each group. Give each leader a copy of one of the following assignments, in which their group will study a â€œsmall meansâ€ that the Lord uses to guide us. (If your class is large, you may want to divide students into more than three groups to reduce the group size. If you do so, you will need to give one or more groups the same assignment.)
Read to the group the following statement by President Thomas S. Monson:
â€œThe same Lord who provided a Liahona for Lehi provides for you and for me today a rare and valuable gift to give direction to our lives, to mark the hazards to our safety, and to chart the way, even safe passageâ€”not to a promised land, but to our heavenly home. The gift to which I refer is known as your patriarchal blessing. â€¦
â€œâ€¦ Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published. Rather, it is to be read. It is to be loved. It is to be followed. Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night. It will guide you through lifeâ€™s dangers. â€¦ Your patriarchal blessing is to you a personal Liahona to chart your course and guide your wayâ€ (â€œYour Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light,â€ Ensign, Nov. 1986, 65â€“66).
Adapt the questions on the board so they will be about patriarchal blessings. As a group, discuss those questions. Assign one person in your group to share with the rest of the class what your group has learned. Also invite someone from your group to share his or her experience from question 3.
Read to the group the following statement by Elder W. Rolfe Kerr of the Seventy:
â€œThe words of Christ can be a personal Liahona for each of us, showing us the way. Let us not be slothful because of the easiness of the way. Let us in faith take the words of Christ into our minds and into our hearts as they are recorded in sacred scripture and as they are uttered by living prophets, seers, and revelators. Let us with faith and diligence feast upon the words of Christ, for the words of Christ will be our spiritual Liahona telling us all things what we should doâ€ (â€œThe Words of Christâ€”Our Spiritual Liahona,â€ Ensign or Liahona, May 2004, 37).
Adapt the questions on the board so they will be about the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets. As a group, discuss those questions. Assign one person in your group to share with the rest of the class what your group has learned. Also invite someone from your group to share his or her experience from question 3.
Read to the group the following statement by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
â€œAs we strive to align our attitudes and actions with righteousness, then the Holy Ghost becomes for us today what the Liahona was for Lehi and his family in their day. The very factors that caused the Liahona to work for Lehi will likewise invite the Holy Ghost into our lives. And the very factors that caused the Liahona not to work anciently will likewise cause us to withdraw ourselves from the Holy Ghost todayâ€ (â€œThat We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us,â€ Ensign or Liahona, May 2006, 30).
Adapt the questions on the board so they will be about the Holy Ghost. As a group, discuss those questions. Assign one person in your group to share with the rest of the class what your group has learned. Also invite someone from your group to share his or her experience from question 3.
Note to the teacher: After about six to eight minutes, ask each group to teach the class what they have learned from their discussion. You may also want to invite students to write in their scripture study journals or class notebooks about a time when the Lord has guided them through small means. Consider telling about a time when you received guidance from the Lord through small means.