Chapter 8: Crossing the Sea

Book of Mormon Stories, (1997), 23–24


family packing

The Lord told Lehi to take his family onto the ship they had built. They loaded it with fruit, meat, and honey and with seeds to plant in the promised land.

ship sailing

Strong winds blew the ship toward the promised land.

Laman and Lemuel tying up Nephi

Laman, Lemuel, and some of the others began being wicked. When Nephi told them to stop, they got angry and tied him up with ropes.

ship in storm

Because of their wickedness, the Liahona stopped working. They did not know which way to steer the ship. A terrible storm blew the ship backward for three days.

Lehi and Sariah

Lehi told Laman and Lemuel to untie Nephi, but they would not listen. Lehi and Sariah were so upset that they became ill.

people arguing

Nephi’s wife and children cried. They begged Laman and Lemuel to untie Nephi, but they refused.

ship about to sink

On the fourth day the storm got worse. The ship was about to sink.

Laman and Lemuel

Laman and Lemuel knew that God had sent the storm. They were afraid they would drown.

Nephi with family

Finally Laman and Lemuel repented and untied Nephi. Even though his wrists and ankles had become swollen and sore from the ropes, Nephi had not complained.

Nephi holding Liahona

Nephi then picked up the Liahona, and it worked again. Nephi prayed, and the wind stopped. The sea became calm.

Nephi steering ship

Nephi steered the ship, and it sailed again toward the promised land.