â€œHome-Study Lesson: 1 Nephi 7â€“14 (Unit 3)â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2012)
â€œUnit 3,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual
The focus of this weekâ€™s lesson is Lehiâ€™s vision in 1 Nephi 8. As you teach this lesson, emphasize the joy that the Atonement of Jesus Christ can bring into our lives and how we can experience the blessings of the Atonement through living by the word of God. Students will use their scriptures, student study guides, and scripture study journals throughout this lesson.
Display a picture of a married couple and their childrenâ€”perhaps a picture of your own family or that of a student whom you invited to bring a picture.
Ask students: Why are families important to Godâ€™s plan for our salvation?
Invite students to review and summarize 1 Nephi 7:1â€“5. Ask what principles they have learned from these verses. (Students may share various principles. The principle emphasized in the student manual was that the Lord commands us to marry and raise up children unto Him.)
In their lesson for day 1, students were assigned to ask a parent, Church leader, or teacher to suggest three ways young people today can prepare for marriage and raising children â€œunto the Lord.â€ Invite a few students to share what they learned.
Remind students that after Nephi and his brothers brought Ishmael and his family into the wilderness, Lehi had a dream. As a student reads 1 Nephi 8:10â€“13 aloud, have another student draw on the board or a piece of paper what the verses describe. If you feel it is more appropriate for your class, you may want to show the picture Lehiâ€™s Dream (62620; Gospel Art Book , no. 69) and have students identify the various images described in the verses.
Ask students: What about Lehiâ€™s description makes the fruit of the tree enticing to you?
Remind them that the fruit of the tree symbolizes â€œthe greatest of all the gifts of Godâ€ (1 Nephi 15:36)â€”the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. If you had a student draw the picture, you may want to label what the fruit represents on the drawing.
Ask students: What can we learn from 1 Nephi 8:10â€“13 about receiving the blessings of the Atonement? (Though students may use different words to express it, make sure the following principle is clear: Coming unto Jesus Christ and partaking of His Atonement brings happiness and joy. You might want to write this principle on the board.)
In their lesson for day 2, students were asked to answer the question â€œWhen has the Saviorâ€™s Atonement brought happiness and joy into your life?â€ Invite students to turn to their scripture study journals and silently read their answers.
To help students share meaningful truths and testimonies with one another, encourage several of them to read or talk about what they wrote. You may also want to tell about a time when the Atonement brought happiness and joy into your life.
Explain that Lehiâ€™s vision not only teaches that the Atonement brings great joy; it also shows what we need to do to receive the blessings of the Atonement. Invite students to review 1 Nephi 8:19â€“26 and draw the other symbols from Lehiâ€™s vision, or have them identify the other symbols in the picture Lehiâ€™s Dream. As they draw or identify the symbols, invite them to explain what the different symbols mean. (If they need help, encourage them to use the chart they completed in the student study guide.)
Have a student read 1 Nephi 8:30 aloud. Then ask the following questions:
What was the role of the iron rodâ€”the word of Godâ€”in Lehiâ€™s vision?
As you studied 1 Nephi 8, what did you learn about the importance of the word of God?
What phrases in 1 Nephi 8:30 indicate what we need to do to receive the blessings of the Atonement?
What do you think it means to â€œpress [your] way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of ironâ€?
Write on the board two other gospel principles they studied in the student study guide: If we hold fast to the word of God, it will help us overcome temptation and worldly influences. Holding fast to the word of God helps us grow closer to the Lord and receive the blessings of the Atonement.
Ask students to imagine they are missionaries and have the opportunity to testify about the importance of studying the word of God and living according to its principles. Have them share what they would say, based on their own experiences. Consider sharing your feelings about the power of the scriptures and the words of the prophets in helping you come closer to the Savior.
Ask a student to read 1 Nephi 10:17, 19 aloud. Have the class identify blessings that come when we diligently seek the Lordâ€™s guidance. Have one or two students share what they think it means to â€œdiligently seek.â€ (During their day 3 lesson, they were asked to write what this means in their student study guide.)
Summarize 1 Nephi 11â€“14 by stating that Nephi received personal revelation because he diligently sought the Lord. He saw the ministry and Atonement of Jesus Christ (1 Nephi 11), the future destruction of his people because of their pride and wickedness (1 Nephi 12), early gentile colonizers of the land of promise and the restoration of plain and precious truths (1 Nephi 13), and righteous people fighting against the workings of the great and abominable church in the last days (1 Nephi 14).
Note: To prepare the following activity, you may want to review the corresponding lessons in this manual and the materials in the student study guide for day 4 of this unit.
Ask students to select one of the chapters in 1 Nephi 11â€“14 and do the following. (You may want to have them do this on the board or a piece of paper.)
Write a summary of the chapter selected.
Write one of the gospel principles taught in that chapter. (They may use a principle highlighted in the study guide or identify one on their own.)
Write how that principle applies to us today.
After they have had sufficient time to prepare, invite students to share what they have written. Invite one or two students to share their testimonies of principles they learned as they studied 1 Nephi 7â€“14 this week.
Before excusing your class, remember to collect their scripture study journals and to follow up on any assignments.
In the next unit, the students will study more about the trials of Lehi and his people as they continued their journey in the wilderness and sailed to the land of promise. Imagine their surprise when they awoke one morning and discovered a â€œball of curious workmanshipâ€â€”the Liahona. How did the Liahona work, and how did it guide them? Why did Nephi rebuke his brothers on the ship? How did Nephi describe the land of promise?