Study Question: What do you admire most about Nephi?
Summary: Lehi prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem and the future of the Book of Mormon. The Lord instructs Lehi to leave Jerusalem with his family; the Lord will deliver them to a Promised Land. In the wilderness, the Lord instructs Lehi that his sons must return to Jerusalem to obtain a record of their forefathers, kept by wicked Laban. Laban refuses the brothers, steals their possessions and seeks to kill them. An angel rebukes Laman and Lemuel for beating Nephi and Sam. Laman and Lemuel complain.
Verse: 1 Nephi 1:20 “And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with [Lehi], yea; even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stones, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. But I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.”
Rachel D: There is an activity in Preach my Gospel that I think of every time I read 1 Nephi chapter 1. There are so many similarities between Lehi and Joseph Smith. There was a lot of preaching going on at the time, Lehi prayed with all his heart, he saw a vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, he saw a book, he testified to the people of the truths he had learned and they try to kill him.
They are instructed to go back and get the plates, that shows me how important it is to know our genealogy and write our testimonies in journals for future generations.
What do I admire most about Nephi? I admire that if he has a question he knows he can pray for the answer. If he is prompted to do something he just does it even if he doesn’t understand why and how all the time.
Emily H: I admire his willingness to do things even if he doesn’t understand the why or how of it all. He knows that it is not always for him to understand, but only to do, so he does. And that is that for him. I would definitely be questioning and murmuring at least a little.
… Nephi is such an example of just going and doing (insert Nike swoosh)… I love that it says in the first verse that he was “taught somewhat in the learning of my father.” He had a basis of knowledge, but if he wanted a greater understanding, he would take it upon himself to go out and work for it. As a teacher, I always want students to be in charge of their learning, an active participator in their own education, and Nephi is an amazing example of that kind of student.
Torsten K: He had a strong connection with the lord and trusted him after he got a revelation and followed the lord.
Recently I saw it with the newest revelation of the lord to build up the teacher council.
There are many who are willing to participate, but also some who hesitate and miss out on the blessings.
(My point of view: It is an awesome opportunity to strengthen each other as teachers, so that they are on the other hand motivated to strengthen the others.)