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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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