BOM Lesson 2 – Nephi Follows His Father, the Prophet

Who is a Prophet?

A prophet is a man called by God to speak for Him. When a prophet speaks for God, it is as if God were speaking. Prophets have always told people what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want them to do. Prophets have always testified of Jesus Christ. They can help us to know that Jesus is the Savior. We can also learn this by prayerfully studying the Book of Mormon, and obeying the commandments.

Lehi Preaches to His People

One of the first figures in the Book of Mormon is Lehi. Lehi lived in Jerusalem around 600 BC and was concerned for his people who were becoming wicked. While praying for them he saw a vision of the destruction of Jerusalem that was soon to come (1 Nephi 1:5-13). As a result, Lehi goes to preach to the people of Jerusalem to try to warn them of what is to come. He also testifies of the coming of Jesus Christ (1 Nephi 1:18-20). Lehi was mocked because of this, and the people attempted to kill him.

Nephi and his Family are Blessed

“Lord spake unto [Lehi] . . . and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee . . . the Lord commanded [Lehi] . . . that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness . . .” (1 Nephi 2:1–3).

Lehi and his family took provisions but left everything else, including their riches. His oldest sons Laman and Lemuel “murmured” (complained) because of their “stiffneckedness” (Stubbornness or pride). One of his other sons, Nephi,

“did cry unto the Lord . . . and did soften [his] heart [and believed] all the words which had been spoken by [his] father; wherefore, [he] did not rebel . . . like [his] brothers” (1 Nephi 2:11-13,16).

Because Nephi was willing to pray for and follow the prompting of the spirit – to follow his father Lehi – he and his family, for many generations, were blessed in many ways. We have a prophet today that leads guides Jesus’ Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), and we too can know the truthfulness of his words if we are willing to pray for our own personal confirmation as Nephi did.

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BOM Lesson 1 – A Gift from a Loving Heavenly Father

The Book of Mormon is a Gift from a Loving Heavenly Father

In case you don’t already know, yes, you have a father in heaven who loves you very much. He wants you to live the best life for you, during this short mortal experience. To help you do that he has appointed people as prophets to help us know him and his plan for us. The Book of Mormon is a record of some of these prophets, and the people they taught (Read paragraphs 1 and 2 in the Introduction.). The Book of Mormon is full of important stories and information that can help us to not only thrive temporally but also – and more importantly – spiritually.

“[Because of] Heavenly Father’s great love for us he has given us a gift to help us achieve eternal life. This gift has an important message for each of us. It teaches us about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and how to live so we can return to Heavenly Father. Ezra Taft Benson, the thirteenth President of the Church, said: “This is a gift of greater value to mankind than even the many wonderful advances we have seen in modern medicine. It is of greater worth to mankind than the development of flight or space travel” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, p. 3; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 4).”

How the Book of Mormon was Made.

An ancient prophet called Mormon abridged most of what was on the gold plates, quoting and summarizing what other prophets had written. That is why we call it the Book of Mormon. Many years later, The Book of Mormon was made known to our time thanks to the work of the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. You can read his account of how it was made known to him, and his testimony of it by reading: Joseph Smith—History 1:29–35, 42–54, 59–60.

“Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”” – paragraph 6 in the Introduction

You’re Invited To Read The Book of Mormon

While this series of lessons will certainly help you to know what is contained within The Book of Mormon, no amount of knowledge can give you a confirmation of its truth. If you want to know if it’s true, I invite you to read The Book of Mormon, to ponder in your heart the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost (See Moroni 10: 3-5).”

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Announcement: 2 April 1980
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 7 March 1981 by Spencer W. Kimball
Public Open House: 3–21 May 1983
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The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families

Many years ago, when my kids were still babies, my wife and I were at Deseret Book looking for Christmas presents, and came across this somewhat large book called, The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families. After a brief look, we dismissed it because it was a little expensive, despite how amazingly well done it is.