1 Nephi 16-22
"Hearken To The Truth And Give Heed Unto It"

Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson will inspire us to follow Nephi's example of faith and willing obedience..

Nephi & His Brothers - A Comparison

  1. Nephi says: "We had suffered many afflictions and much difficulty, yea, even so much that we cannot write them all" (1 Nephi 17:6).
  2. As you review 1 Nephi 16-18 consider where you would place yourself on the following scale.  More importantly, which direction are you moving on the scale?
The Nephi/Laman Scale

Respects Authority

Praises the Lord during
tough times 


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Complains and murmurs
Talks against parents
     and spiritual leaders
Complains and no action
Does not seek the Lord
Angry and murmurs

The Nephi/Laman Scale Handout: Click here for a page formatted for printing 3 to 4 Scales per page.

The Liahona
  1. We pick up the Lehi family story after Nephi has explained his father's dream to his brothers.  The family remains in the wilderness after having gone back for the family of Ishmael.
  2. 1 Nephi 16:9-10:  "And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night, and commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journey into the wilderness."

  3.     "And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass.  And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness."
  4. Throughout the scriptures we find incidents or items that are a type or representation of things.
  5. As Nephi wrote about the Liahona he said in v29: "And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things" (1 Nephi 16:29).

The Broken Bow Incident

  1. Nephi says (16:18) that as he "went forth to slay food" he broke his bow made from "fine steel".  As a consequence, things became "exceedingly difficult" (16:21) and they were unable to obtain food.
  2. As the Lehi family continued on their journey, Ishmael died.  He daughters sorely grieved his loss and murmured against Lehi (16:34-35).
  3. Lehi’s family continues in the wilderness.

Building A Ship

  1. Nephi wrote, "And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters." (1 Nephi 17:8)
  2. 1 NEPHI 17:45: "Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God.  Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder."

The Sea Journey

  1. 1. After completing the ship, filling it with supplies, the Lehi clan went into the ship and "did put forth into the sea and were driven forth before the wind towards the promised land" (18:8).
  2. This was a long journey and the more rebellious became bored and "began to make themselves merry" by dancing, and singing, and speaking "with much rudeness." (18:9)
  3. Nephi was concerned with their irreverent attitude and spoke to them “with much soberness” (18:10).

Nephi Teaches From Isaiah

  1. In Chapter 19 Nephi writes of prophets who prophesied regarding the Savior.
  2. Nephi & Isaiah.
  3. 1 Nephi 20-22.

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