Chapter 7: Building the Ship

Book of Mormon Stories, (1997), 21–22


After Lehi’s family had camped by the sea for many days, the Lord spoke to Nephi. He told him to build a ship to carry his family to the promised land.

Nephi making tools

Nephi did not know how to make a ship, but the Lord said he would show him. He told Nephi where to find metal to make the tools he would need.

Laman and Lemuel with Nephi

Laman and Lemuel made fun of Nephi for wanting to build a ship. They did not believe that the Lord had shown Nephi how to do it. They refused to help.

Nephi talking to Laman and Lemuel

Nephi told Laman and Lemuel to repent and not be rebellious. He reminded them that they had seen an angel. He also told them that God has the power to do all things.

Laman and Lemuel want to throw Nephi into sea

Laman and Lemuel were angry with Nephi and wanted to throw him into the sea.

Nephi with Laman and Lemuel

As they came toward Nephi, he commanded them not to touch him because he was filled with the power of God. Laman and Lemuel were afraid for many days.

Laman and Lemuel falling backwards

Then the Lord told Nephi to touch Laman and Lemuel. When Nephi did, the Lord shocked them. Laman and Lemuel knew the power of God was with Nephi.


Nephi told Laman and Lemuel to obey their parents and obey God. Nephi said if they would do this, they would be blessed.

Laman and Lemuel building ship

Laman and Lemuel repented and helped Nephi build the ship.

Nephi praying

Nephi went to the mountain many times to pray for help. The Lord taught him how to build the ship.

finished ship

When Nephi and his brothers had finished building the ship, they knew it was a good ship. They thanked God for helping them.