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Nephi’s Vision

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Book of Mormon Lesson 13: 1 Nephi Chapters 10-11

To Prepare: Read through the linked lesson above (be sure to read 1 Nephi Chapter 10 and chapter 11 and print a copy of the activity below for each child participating. Today there’s a choice between a wordsearch and a coloring/drawing page.

To Teach: Begin with a prayer. 1 Nephi 10:1-14 is a continuation of Lehi’s vision.

Things Lehi saw:

  • The destruction of Jerusalem
  • Christ’s birth 600 years in the future
  • John the Baptist and Jesus’s baptism
  • The scattering of the 10 tribes

After Lehi had finished teaching, Nephi desired to see and know the same things his father had seen. Chapter 11 begins to tell about Nephi’s vision. We read this chapter aloud slowly, discussing things as they came up. Nephi saw the Tree of Life that Lehi had seen, and he was also shown Mary and the baby Jesus. (We had to explain what ‘virgin’ meant.) He also saw Jesus’s ministry, including His baptism by John the Baptist, His miracles, the twelve apostles, and His crucifixion.

Finish with the word search or the coloring page. Great job!

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Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

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Book of Mormon Lesson 12: 1 Nephi Chapter 8

To Prepare: Read through the linked lesson above (be sure to read 1 Nephi Chapter 8 and print a copy of the activity below for each child participating. You’ll also need scissors and glue!

To Teach: Begin with a prayer. Children may already be familiar with the vision of the Tree of Life, adjust the level of detail accordingly.

We read verse 2 to introduce the chapter, then skipped to verses 5-7. (A ‘waste’ is a barren wilderness or desert.)
Then we read verse 8-18 slowly, explaining what Lehi did, then what Sariah, Nephi, and Sam did, and finally what Laman and Lemuel did.

Next, read verses 19-34 to see what Lehi saw all the other people doing in his vision. At the end of the chapter, Lehi begged Laman and Lemuel to repent and listen, so that they could be happy.

We then talked about the symbols in Lehi’s vision.

  • Tree of Life and its fruit = the Love of God
  • The river of filthy water = filthiness and the depths of Hell
  • The rod of iron = the word of God (scriptures, revelation, word of the prophets)
  • The mists of darkness = temptations
  • The great and spacious building = the pride of the world

Finish by cutting out the symbols from Lehi’s vision and pasting them into place. Well done!

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Bringing the Family of Ishmael

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Book of Mormon Lesson 11: 1 Nephi Chapter 7

To Prepare: Read through the linked lesson above (be sure to read 1 Nephi Chapter 7 and print a copy of the activity below for each child participating.

To Teach: Begin with a prayer. We read 1 Nephi 7:1-3 aloud. Laman and Lemuel had a different reaction this time, didn’t they? Not a single verse about how they murmured to be sent back for wives. (I guess they agreed that was important!)

As we continued reading verse 4-7, we saw that the Lord softened Ishmael (and his family’s) hearts, and they agreed to go with Nephi and his brothers. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long, and soon Laman, Lemuel, and half of Ishmael’s family were in rebellion, wanting to go back to Jerusalem.

Nephi attempted to rebuke and correct his brothers (verses 8-15). Read verse 16 to see how that went over.

Read verse 17 to see how Nephi reacted.

Read verse 18 and 19 to see what happened then.

Finally in verse 20 Laman and Lemuel repented of what they had done and asked for forgiveness – and Nephi forgave them! (Verse 21) They made it back to Lehi’s tents and once again gave thanks with offerings.

To end, find out what Nephi did when faced with his trial. You did it!

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