Helaman 11: Nephi Exercises His Power in Behalf of the People

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 151–152


If you were given the power the Lord gave Nephi in Helaman 10, how would you best use it to help your people? Helaman 11 tells what Nephi did and how the people responded. Look also for more about the effects of the Gadianton bands on the nation. What would you say was the greatest problem among the Nephite people? How is this problem manifest (seen) today?

Understanding the Scriptures

Helaman 11

Sackcloth (v. 9)A rough cloth worn as a sign of sorrow
Appeased (v. 11)Satisfied, brought to an end
Esteem (v. 18)Consider, accept, respect
Whit (v. 19)Bit, small part
Havoc (v. 27)Damage, confusion, destruction
Obliged (v. 31)Forced
Infested (v. 31)Took over, filled
Mend (v. 36)Repent, correct, change

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Helaman 11.

Activity A iconIdentify the Details

Write the following headings in your notebook. Find and list details from the account in Helaman 11:1–18 that belong under each heading.

  • The Problem

  • Nephi’s Solution

  • The Effect

  • The Final Result

Activity B iconCreate a Front Page

Helaman 11:17–22 describes what happened during several years of the reign of the judges (about 16–14 B.C.). Using the following sample front page for the 76th year, create newspaper front pages for the 77th and 78th years using the events described for each year.

Nephite newspaper

Activity C iconHow Did It Happen?

Review Helaman 11:28–37 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What did the Nephite and Lamanite armies do to try to get rid of the Gadianton robbers?

  2. 2.

    How successful were they?

  3. 3.

    Why did the Gadianton robbers become so powerful? What lesson might be learned for our day?