Photo: Warren Aston, courtesy Foundation for
Ancient Research and Mormon Studies.
Understanding the Scriptures
|Sojourn (vv. 3–4)||Stay for awhile|
|Notwithstanding (v. 6)||Even though|
|Molten (vv. 9, 16)||Melt|
|Bellows (v. 11)||A device for blowing air on a fire to make it hotter|
|Statutes (v. 22)||Laws, rules|
|Bondage (vv. 24–25)||Slavery|
|Laden (v. 25)||Loaded, burdened|
|Reviled against (vv. 30, 42)||Spoke evil of, insulted|
|Esteemeth all flesh in one (v. 35)||Considers all of His children equally|
|Straitened (v. 41)||Disciplined, corrected|
|Asunder (v. 45)||Apart|
|Rent with anguish (v. 47)||Torn with great sorrow|
|Consuming (v. 48)||Destroying|
|Wither (v. 48)||Shrink, dry up|
|Naught (v. 48)||Nothing|
Studying the Scriptures
Do any two of the following activities (A–E) as you study 1 Nephi 17.
What Did Nephi Teach about the Wilderness Journey?
Review 1 Nephi 17:1–6, 12 and answer the following questions about the wilderness journey:
How long did it take them to travel from Jerusalem to Bountiful?
What did they mainly eat in the wilderness?
Why do you think Nephi said, “Great were the blessings of the Lord upon us” (v. 2)?
Find the “thus we see” lesson by identifying the “If-Then” pattern in verse 3:
If “the children of men____________________"
Then “He doth____________________and____________________and____________________provide____________________.
You may not be wandering through a desert, but your life still has difficult challenges. Explain how you could apply that “thus we see” lesson in your life.
Describe a Modern Example
The Lord told Nephi to build a ship—a task that was beyond his natural ability. Study 1 Nephi 17:7–11 and notice what the Lord did and what He required Nephi to do. Then write an account of a person today who is asked to do something difficult and must rely on the Lord to know how to accomplish it.
Compare the Brothers
What do you learn about the character of these men from the differences in the two lists?
What have you learned from 1 Nephi 17 that can help you be more like Nephi and less like Laman and Lemuel?
Write It in Your Own Words
Nephi reminded his brethren of the story of Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt and compared it to Lehi leading his family out of Jerusalem (see 1 Nephi 17:23–45).
Review those verses and list at least four similarities between what happened to Moses’s people and what happened to Lehi’s colony.
Read carefully 1 Nephi 17:45 and explain what you think it means to “feel” the words of the Lord, or tell of a time when you felt the scriptures speak to you.
Explain the Picture
Nephi’s brethren were not happy and only the power of the Lord could keep them from taking his life. Above is a depiction of a scene from 1 Nephi 17:48–55. Explain what is happening in the picture and tell which verses it represents.