1 Nephi 10: The Prophecies of Lehi

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 21

Chapters 1–8 of 1 Nephi are largely Nephi’s summary of the record of his father, Lehi, and chapter 9 is Nephi’s explanation for keeping two sets of plates. In 1 Nephi 10, Nephi began a record of his own life and ministry (see 1 Nephi 10:1). He included a prophecy by his father concerning the future. As you read this prophecy, notice how much detail Lehi received by revelation concerning future events. Notice also the effect Lehi’s words had on Nephi.

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Nephi 10

Make himself manifest (v. 11)Reveal Himself
With one accord (v. 13)Together in unity
Remnants (v. 14)Remaining parts
Grafted in (v. 14)Joined
Expedient (v. 15)Appropriate, desirable
Probation (v. 21)Trial or testing (meaning our life on earth)

1 Nephi 10:14—The Scattering and Gathering of Israel


Lehi compared the house of Israel to an olive tree whose branches would be scattered all over the world because of their unbelief. He saw his own family as a part of that scattering. (See 1 Nephi 10:11–13.)

He also prophesied that after the gospel had been taken to the Gentiles, the scattered branches of the house of Israel would be gathered again. Lehi then explained that to be “grafted in” to the tree, which represents the house of Israel, means to “come to the knowledge of the true Messiah” (v. 14). In other words, the way a person truly becomes a member of the house of Israel is to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study 1 Nephi 10.

Activity A iconRead for the Answer


In 1 Nephi 10:4–11 Nephi recorded Lehi’s description of an event that would take place 600 years in their future. Read those verses to help you answer the following questions about the Holy One of Israel:

  1. 1.

    Why is there a need for a Redeemer?

  2. 2.

    What would happen to the Messiah?

  3. 3.

    How would the Gentiles learn of Christ?

Activity B iconFill in the Blanks

In 1 Nephi 10:17–22, Nephi shared his testimony of the power of the Spirit to help us understand the things of God. Summarize Nephi’s testimony of the power of the Spirit and tell how it can apply to your life.