1 Nephi 18-22

Questions for Review:

1. Where did Nephi often go to receive revelations from the Lord? (1 Nephi 18:3)

2. According to Nephi, what was the only thing that could soften Laman's and Lemuel's hearts? (1 Nephi 18:20)

3. What did Lehi and his family find in the promised land? (1 Nephi 18:25)

4. What was the purpose of the second set of plates Nephi was commanded to prepare? (1 Nephi 19:3)

5. Name three prophets who lived in the Old Testament times who were cited by Nephi, but whose books are not found in our current version of the Old Testament. (1 Nephi 19:10)

6. To whom was this sign--the three days of darkness--given? (1 Nephi 19:10)

7. Which well-known Old Testament prophets were often cited and quoted by Nephi? (1 Nephi 19:23)

8. How did Nephi try to persuade his brethren to believe in the Lord their Redeemer? (1 Nephi 19:23)

9. (Fill in the blanks)  The kindreds of the earth cannot be blessed unless the Lord shall                       (1 Nephi 22:10)

10. The Lord often uses an interesting metaphor (also found in the New Testament) to describe his relationship with us. What metaphor is that? (1 Nephi 22:25)

1 Nephi 18

Nephi builds a transoceanic ship (1-2; also 17:8-9)

Even after seeing visions Nephi still prayed often (3)
    . Prayer with meditation is a key to revelations

Some of the members of the colony start to be rude, Laman and Lemuel bind Nephi with cords, and the ship gets out of course amid a great tempest (9-11)

The colony arrives in the promised land, start to settle, and explore it (23-25)

1 Nephi 19

Nephi explains the contents of the two sets of plates he wrote (1-4)

Prophecies about Christ not present in the current editions of the Old Testament (10-15) Reason why Nephi quoted Isaiah: to persuade the people to believe in Christ (23)
        . Why Isaiah, and not another prophet? See 3 Nephi 23:1-3

1 Nephi 20
A Quotation from the Book of Isaiah


Note: In this course we will avoid in-depth analyses of Isaiah's prophecies. Those who desire that should attend the corresponding Old Testament courses

A warning to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Rome, Mecca, Salt Lake City, Fátima, Medjugorge, and other so-called "holy cities" (1-2)
    . It doesn't matter where one lives; what matters is how one lives.  Remember the words from Elder Harold B. Lee:

The outcome of obeying the commandments (18-19)

1 Nephi 21
Another Quotation from the Book of Isaiah

Salvation will come to those in the isles of the sea, and they will be part of the covenant people (8-11,21-23)

Those who wait for the Lord will not be ashamed (23)

The Lord will release His people from any earthly powers oppressing them (25; also 22:16-17)

1 Nephi 22

The scope of the scattering of Israel: not only Nephites and Mulekites ... (4; read also Alma 63:4-9)

Note: Traditions among Latter-day Saints combined with unconfirmed statements from past leaders, have held that Hagoth's ships (see Alma 63:4-9) would have sailed to Hawaii and Polynesian Islands.  However, observe that the text in Alma 63, even though it opens the door to the possibility, does not affirm that any of the ships would have reached the islands of the Pacific.  On the other hand, in 1 Nephi 22:4 we find a prophetic statement linking the population of the isles of the sea to the House of Israel--not via Hagoth's ships, but through other means still unknown to us.  (Dr. Marcus Martins, January 2007)

A marvelous work in the latter days, in the Lord's own words (8-12)

A promise to the faithful all nations: "Lands of Inheritance" (12)

  . Very important: Consider the Book of Mormon as a "handbook" containing the conditions through which a person can obtain and retain a "land of promise" anywhere in the world.  The Americas are the "Land of Joseph" (see Genesis 49:22-26) but other continents and lands have no doubt been "set apart" by the Lord for others of the House of Israel.

Satan will have no power over people--but he will not lose his power (15,26)

Churches established to gain money, power, popularity, or any other worldly goals are going to be destroyed (23)

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