“Lesson 9: 1 Nephi 5,” 2017 Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2017)
“Lesson 9,” 2017 BoM Seminary Teacher Manual
While Lehi’s wife, Sariah, waited for her sons to return from Jerusalem, she feared that they had perished in their efforts to obtain the brass plates. When they returned safely with the plates, she gained a stronger witness that God was directing and preserving her family. Lehi searched the brass plates and found them to be of great worth to his family. As he read them, he was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he prophesied that the scriptures they contained would be preserved for his posterity.
Invite students to list in their class notebooks or study journals five blessings for which they feel grateful. Consider inviting a few students to share with the class something they wrote on their list and to explain why they are grateful for it.
As students study 1 Nephi 5 today, invite them to look for what we can learn from Lehi and his family about being grateful.
Invite a student to read 1 Nephi 5:1–3 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for reasons why Sariah began to complain.
Consider using this segment from the Book of Mormon Videos as you teach this part (see the Book of Mormon Videos: Seminary Teacher Instructions).
What were Sariah’s complaints?
Invite a student to read 1 Nephi 5:4–6 aloud. Ask the class to follow along and look for the manner in which Lehi responded to Sariah’s complaints.
How did Lehi respond to Sariah’s complaints? (You may want to point out that Lehi responded with testimony and confidence in the Lord rather than with fear or doubt. He did not respond angrily or impatiently.)
What can we learn from Lehi’s response to Sariah?
Invite a student to read 1 Nephi 5:7–9 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for Sariah’s response after her sons returned from Jerusalem.
How was Sariah’s testimony of the Lord and His dealings with her family affected by the successful return of her sons?
Before searching the contents of the brass plates, what did Lehi and Sariah take time to do? (You might point out that this was one of several instances when Lehi paused to thank God for His blessings [see also 1 Nephi 2:7; 7:22].)
What truth can we learn from their example? (Help students identify the following truth: When we receive blessings from God, we can choose to pause and give Him thanks.)
Why do you think it is important to pause and thank God for blessings we receive from Him?
Invite students to review the lists they created earlier and to put a check mark next to the blessings for which they have recently expressed gratitude to Heavenly Father. Encourage students to take time in their prayers to give thanks to Heavenly Father for the blessings they receive from Him.
Ask students to display an item they have with them (such as a writing utensil, a digital device, or food). With students’ permission, collect a few of these items and display them to the class.
What are these items worth?
Point out that one way to determine an object’s worth is by determining what people are willing to pay or exchange for the object.
In addition to their financial value, what are other ways these items could have worth?
Display a copy of the scriptures.
What did Lehi’s family give to obtain the scriptures? (Nephi and his brothers risked their lives, sacrificed their riches, and traveled a long distance.)
Ask students to consider the worth of the scriptures. Invite them to look for principles in their study of the remainder of 1 Nephi 5 that can help them discover the worth of the scriptures for themselves.
Explain that after the family offered sacrifices and gave thanks to the Lord, Lehi immediately began to search the contents of the plates. (You may want to invite students to consider marking the phrase, “he did search them from the beginning” in 1 Nephi 5:10.)
Invite several students to take turns reading aloud from 1 Nephi 5:11–16. Ask the class to look for what Lehi discovered on the plates of brass.
What did the plates of brass contain?
Invite a student to read 1 Nephi 5:17–19 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for how the Lord blessed Lehi as he searched the scriptures.
How was Lehi blessed as he searched the scriptures?
You may need to explain that to prophesy is to speak or write divinely inspired words received through revelation from the Holy Ghost (see Guide to the Scriptures, “Prophecy, Prophesy,” scriptures.lds.org).
What is a principle we can learn from these verses about what can happen as we search the scriptures? (Students should identify a principle similar to the following: As we search the scriptures, we can be filled with the Spirit and receive revelation.)
Invite a student to read aloud the following statement by Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Ask the class to listen for what he taught about being filled with the Spirit and receiving revelation as we search the scriptures.
“When we want to speak to God, we pray. And when we want Him to speak to us, we search the scriptures; for His words are spoken through His prophets. He will then teach us as we listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit” (Robert D. Hales, “Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 26–27).
After students have had sufficient time to complete the activity, invite a few of them to share with the class what they discussed in their groups.
Invite a student to read 1 Nephi 5:20–21 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what Lehi and Nephi recognized about the scriptures. Ask students to report what they find.
Like Lehi and Nephi, as we search the scriptures, what can we discover about them? (Help students identify the following principle: As we search the scriptures, we can discover their great worth for us. Write this principle on the board.)
As you have searched the scriptures, how have they been of worth to you?
Invite a student to read aloud the following statement by Elder Robert D. Hales:
“If you have not heard His voice speaking to you lately, return with new eyes and new ears to the scriptures. They are our spiritual lifeline” (Robert D. Hales, “Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 27).
Remind students of the invitation they were given in previous lessons to study the Book of Mormon daily. Give students time to reflect on their own study of the scriptures, and invite them to consider how they might improve their scripture study. Ask them to choose one way to improve their personal searching of the scriptures. Encourage them to write this goal in their study journals. You may want to suggest that students share the goal with someone (for example, with you, a parent, or another student) who will remind them of the goal and encourage them to accomplish it.