2 Nephi 27: The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 54–55

In 2 Nephi 26:16–17, Nephi prophesied that his words and the words of his people would speak “out of the dust” to his descendants in the latter days. In 2 Nephi 27, he prophesied more about how that would come to pass “in the last days, or in the days of the Gentiles” (v. 1).
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Understanding the Scriptures

2 Nephi 27

Tempest (v. 2)A violent storm
Stay yourselves and wonder (v. 4)Stop and think or ponder about it
Seers (v. 5)Prophets, men with spiritual vision (see Bible Dictionary, “seer,” p. 771)
Preserve (v. 22)Save
Precepts (v. 25)Commandments, principles
Esteemed (vv. 27–28)Valued, respected
Obscurity (v. 29)A state of being unknown
Meek (v. 30)Lowly, humble
Scorner (v. 31)One who mocks
Him that reproveth in the gate (v. 32)The person who has the authority to tell you when you are doing wrong (such as a judge, bishop, or parents)

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 2 Nephi 27.

Activity A iconExplain the Fulfillment of Prophecy

  1. 1.

    In your notebook, make a chart like the one following. In the column labeled “Prophecy,” write the verses from 2 Nephi 27 that contain the prophecy fulfilled by the events described in the scripture references you read in the “Fulfillment” column.



Joseph Smith—History 1:59, 63–64

The Testimony of Three Witnesses

The Testimony of Eight Witnesses

Joseph Smith—History 1:63–65

Joseph Smith—History 1:19

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  1. 2.

    Having read the scriptures in the “Fulfillment” column, give the names of the people spoken of in the following phrases in 2 Nephi 27: “a man” (v. 9), “another” (vv. 9, 15), “three witnesses” (v. 12), “a few” (v. 13), “the learned” (vv. 15, 18), “him that is not learned” (vv. 19–20).

Eight Witnesses