Words to Know
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    “Words to Know,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 157–62

    “Words to Know,” Book of Mormon Stories, 157–62

    Words to Know

    A

    altar

    a sacred, raised area of dirt or rocks on which prayers or sacrifices are offered to God

    altar

    altar

    angel

    a messenger from God

    armor

    a covering that soldiers wear to protect themselves in battle

    armor

    armor

    army

    a group of soldiers prepared to fight

    arrow

    a weapon with a sharp end used in hunting or war

    arrow

    arrow

    B

    baptism

    an ordinance in which a person with authority from God places another person entirely beneath water and lifts the person back out. Baptism is required to become a member of Jesus Christ’s Church.

    baptism

    baptism

    barge

    a large boat used to carry people or supplies

    barge

    barge

    believe

    to feel or know that something is right

    bless

    to give a person something that will benefit him or her. To bless the sacrament is to ask God to accept the bread and water as symbols of Jesus Christ.

    blind

    unable to see

    bondage

    to not be free, to have to work all day for someone else’s benefit

    bow

    a long stick with a string attached at each end that is used to launch arrows

    bow

    bow

    brass plates

    a record of God’s commandments and dealings with Lehi’s ancestors

    brass plates

    brass plates

    build

    to make or construct something

    C

    captain

    a leader of an army

    club

    a weapon used to hit animals or people

    club

    club

    commandment

    something God tells his people to do so they will be happy

    covenant

    a promise between God and a person

    crucify

    to put to death by nailing a person to a cross

    D

    deaf

    unable to hear

    destroy

    to completely end or ruin something, such as a city or a life

    disciple

    a person who follows Jesus and tries to be like him

    dream

    a story that goes on in a person’s mind when he or she is asleep

    drunk

    a loss of control from drinking too much alcohol

    E

    escape

    to get away from a person

    eternal life

    to live forever with God

    evil

    something that is bad

    F

    faith

    to believe in Jesus Christ

    faithful

    to continue obeying the commandments

    famine

    a lack of food caused by no rain falling and no crops being able to grow

    fast

    to go without food or water while seeking spiritual help

    filled with the Holy Ghost

    to have the Holy Ghost tell a person’s mind and heart what is true

    forgive

    to forget the bad things a person has done and love the person

    freedom

    to be able to make choices

    G

    glad tidings

    messages of hope and comfort sent from God

    gold plates

    a record written on thin sheets of gold. Moroni hid these in the Hill Cumorah, and Joseph Smith later uncovered them.

    gold plates

    gold plates

    gospel

    the teachings of Jesus Christ

    Great Spirit

    the Lamanite name for God

    H

    heal

    to make a sick or hurt person better or whole

    heaven

    the place Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live

    humble

    being teachable and seeking to do God’s will

    I

    idol

    something people worship that is not of God

    iron rod

    a symbol in Lehi’s dream that represents the word of God

    J

    join

    to become part of a group

    judge

    a leader who decides what the laws mean or how people should keep them

    judgment-seat

    a position in the Nephite government that the chief judge held

    K

    king

    a leader over a group of people

    L

    leader

    a person who guides a group of people

    Liahona

    a brass ball that God gave Lehi’s family to show them the way to go in the wilderness. It worked only when Lehi’s family was righteous.

    Liahona

    Liahona

    liberty

    freedom to make choices

    M

    member

    a person who belongs to a church or group

    miracle

    an unusual event or happening that shows the power of God

    missionary

    a person who teaches others the gospel of Jesus Christ

    O

    obey

    to do what has been asked or commanded

    ordain

    to give priesthood power and authority

    ordain

    ordain

    ordinance

    a sacred ceremony or act that has spiritual meanings, such as baptism or the sacrament

    P

    peace

    a calm feeling or a time without war

    persecute

    to say false things about someone to try and hurt them

    plates

    thin sheets of metal on which people wrote the teachings of God and the histories of people

    plates

    plates

    plot

    to devise a wicked plan against someone

    power

    a force of good or evil, often a special help or strength from God

    pray

    to talk to God, giving thanks and asking blessings

    priesthood

    the authority to act in God’s name

    prison

    a place used to hold people who have committed a crime

    promise

    a pledge or commitment to do or be something

    prophesy

    to describe an event before it happens

    prophet

    a person called by God to tell people God’s will

    punish

    to cause or allow bad things to happen to a person. People are often punished when they do not obey God.

    R

    rebel

    to disobey or go against the commandments

    repent

    to feel sorry for an action or a thought and promise not to repeat it

    resurrect

    to bring someone or something back to life

    righteous

    something that is of God. Righteous people are those who follow God’s commandments.

    robe

    a long, flowing covering

    S

    sacrament

    an ordinance in which men who have the priesthood bless and pass bread and water to other people. The sacrament reminds people of Jesus Christ.

    sacrifice

    to give up something precious for God

    scalp

    to cut off the top of a person’s head

    servants

    people who serve or work for someone such as a king

    shield

    a part of the armor that protects a soldier’s upper body against swords or other weapons

    sin

    to break a commandment

    slaves

    people who are forced to work for other people

    sling

    a weapon used to throw rocks

    sling

    sling

    soldier

    a person who fights in an army

    spear

    a sharp, pointed stick used to stab

    spear

    spear

    steal

    to take something that belongs to someone else

    stone

    to throw rocks at a person until he or she dies

    sword

    a long, metal blade used to cut or pierce

    sword

    sword

    synagogue

    a type of building where people gather to worship God

    T

    temple

    God’s house

    temple

    temple

    testimony

    a feeling or witness that the gospel is true

    title of liberty

    a message Captain Moroni wrote encouraging his people to defend their freedom

    title of liberty

    title of liberty

    tower

    a tall building or platform people can stand on

    tower

    tower

    translate

    to change words from one language to another

    tree of life

    a tree in Lehi’s dream that represents the love of God

    true

    something that really happened or that is good or right

    U

    understand

    to know or comprehend an idea

    Urim and Thummim

    special instruments God gives to prophets to help them translate and receive revelation

    V

    valiant

    knowing and defending what is right

    vision

    a form of revelation

    W

    war

    a battle between enemies or opposing armies

    weapon

    something used to hurt or kill other people, such as a sword or spear

    wicked

    something that is not of God. A wicked person loves Satan and does not keep God’s commandments.

    wilderness

    an empty stretch of land that is without cities or people

    worship

    to adore or follow a person or thing