Understanding the Scriptures
|Hard things (vv. 1–2)||Truths difficult to accept|
|Cutteth them to the very center (v. 2)||Exposes their guilt|
|Exhort (v. 4)||Urge, encourage|
|Provisions (v. 11)||Food and supplies|
|Slings (v. 15)||Weapons used for hurling stones|
|Much fatigued (v. 19)||Worn out, exhausted|
|Chastened (v. 25)||Scolded, corrected|
1 Nephi 16:10—What Was the “Round Ball of Curious Workmanship”?
Curious in this verse means carefully made, detailed, and intricate. The Lord prepared the ball to guide Lehi and his little colony in the wilderness. We learn from Alma that this ball, which served as a director or compass, was called Liahona (see Alma 37:38).
Lehi and his family discovered that the Liahona had two spindles, or pointers, that showed them which direction to travel (see 1 Nephi 16:10). There was also a place on the ball where writing appeared and was miraculously “changed from time to time” (v. 29; see vv. 26–30). This director would only work according to their faith (see vv. 28–29).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity C (activities A and B are optional) as you study 1 Nephi 16.
Write a Definition
Nephi’s brothers complained because Nephi spoke unto them “hard things” (1 Nephi 16:1).
Study verses 1–3 and explain what you think they meant by “hard things.”
Explain why those same truths were not “hard things” to Nephi.
Draw a Picture
Study 1 Nephi 16:10–30 and draw a picture of how you think the Liahona might have looked. Include a description of its features.
Summarize What Happened
Lehi’s family suffered in the wilderness when Nephi’s bow broke.
Summarize what happened in each of the following passages from 1 Nephi 16, and then explain what you think Lehi’s family might have learned from each experience:
How could the experience of Nephi’s broken bow help you if you suddenly lost a job that provided the necessary money to feed and clothe your family?
Even though Lehi murmured, why do you think Nephi went to him for counsel on where to hunt for food?