Why did the people of Jerusalem reject the message of Lehi and other prophets? (See 1 Nephi 1:19–20; 2:12–13; 16:1–2.) Why do some people today rebel against the Lord and His servants? What can you learn from Nephi about how to make your heart more receptive to the teachings of the prophets? (See 1 Nephi 2:16, 19.)
As you study 1 Nephi 2–4, compare the characteristics of Nephi with the characteristics of Laman and Lemuel. You may want to give particular attention to the following passages: 1 Nephi 1:1; 2:11–13, 16, 19; 3:5, 7, 14–15, 31; 4:1, 3.
Suggestion for Family Discussion
Discuss why Lehi’s family needed to obtain the brass plates. Talk about why you are thankful to have the scriptures. Then ask family members to make a list of friends who do not have copies of the Book of Mormon. Prayerfully consider ways to give copies of the Book of Mormon to some or all of these people. You may want to provide each family member with a copy of the Book of Mormon to give away.
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