1 Nephi 15: Nephi Teaches His Brothers

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 26

In 1 Nephi 11–14 is an account of a marvelous vision Nephi received in answer to his desire to “behold the things which [his] father saw” (see 1 Nephi 11:3). Notice in 1 Nephi 15 what Nephi discovered about Laman and Lemuel when he returned from being instructed by angels. As you read this chapter, look for the reasons Nephi was able to walk by the light of divine revelation and his brothers stumbled in darkness. Notice also the additional explanations Nephi gave that help us understand the revelations he and his father, Lehi, received.

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Nephi 15

Disputing, disputations (vv. 2, 6)Arguing, arguments
Manifested (v. 13)Shown
Confounded (v. 20)Mixed with other people so that their identity can no longer be distinguished
Pacified (v. 20)Calmed
Fiery darts of the adversary (v. 24)Fierce attacks of Satan
Faculty (v. 25)Ability, power
Ascendeth (v. 30)Rises
Days of probation (v. 31)Time of testing and proving (meaning this earth life, mortality)
Temporal (v. 31)Physical
Pertaining to (v. 33)Having to do with, relating to

1 Nephi 15:13, 16—What Is Grafting?

For an explanation of how the house of Israel is like a tree and an illustration of grafting see the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for 1 Nephi 10:14 (p. 21).

Studying the Scriptures

Do one of the following activities (A–C) as you study 1 Nephi 15.

Activity A iconFind the “If-Then” Pattern

Nephi heard his brothers say they did not understand their father’s dream.

  1. 1.

    Review 1 Nephi 15:1–9 and explain what Nephi did, that the brothers did not do, to understand what their father had said.

  2. 2.

    In your notebook, finish the following statements to show the “If-Then” pattern for receiving revelation that Nephi gave in verse 11:

  • Ye will not …

  • And ask …

  • With …


  • Surely these things …

  1. 3.

    Think about the “If” statements and what you could do to increase your readiness to receive answers from Heavenly Father.

Activity B iconPlace the Statements in Order

In response to his brothers, Nephi likened the house of Israel to an olive tree. Use 1 Nephi 15:12–20 to help you place the following statements in their proper order:

  • The gospel goes to the Gentiles because the Jews and the Lamanites rejected it.

  • The Gentiles will accept the gospel and be grafted into the olive tree representing Israel.

  • The Nephites are a branch broken off from the tree of Israel.

  • The tree will be restored to fulfill the promises made to Abraham.

  • The descendants of Lehi will hear and accept the gospel.

Activity C iconApply a Quotation

Neal A. Maxwell

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Real disciples absorb the fiery darts of the adversary by holding aloft the quenching shield of faith with one hand, while holding to the iron rod with the other. … There should be no mistaking; it will take both hands!” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1987, 87; or Ensign, May 1987, 70).

Carefully read 1 Nephi 15:21–36, and then write a paragraph telling how faith and holding on to the word of God can help you resist the temptations you face.