Mormon 1: The Young Man Mormon

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 179–180

Mormon was great even in his youth. Speaking to the young men of the Church, President Spencer W. Kimball said: “You young boys need not wait to be great. You can be superior missionaries, strong young men, great companions, and happy, trusted Church leaders. You need not wait until tomorrow” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 71; or Ensign, May 1976, 47). President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled young men and women to “believe in your capacity to learn and make something of your lives. Stand tall and go forward” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, 715).As you read Mormon 1, note how old Mormon was and what was said about him at that age. Also think about what you read in the last part of 4 Nephi about the kind of society Mormon grew up in. His example of youthful righteousness in the midst of great wickedness is as powerful a lesson as any he preached.
Mormon as a boy
youth sharing scriptures

Understanding the Scriptures

Mormon 1

Sober (vv. 2, 15)Able to think seriously about important matters, spiritually minded
Observe (v. 2)Learn, understand
Engravings, engrave (vv. 3–4)Writings, write on metal
Withdrew their design (v. 12)Gave up their plan
Prevail (v. 13)Have the most influence
Endeavor (v. 16)Attempt, try
Sorceries (v. 19)Attempts to obtain false revelations from evil sources

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Mormon 1.

Activity A iconConsequences

The word because is important to notice in the scriptures. It often helps us identify actions and their consequences, either good or bad.

  1. 1.

    Using what you read in Mormon 1:13–14, make a diagram similar to the following and identify the consequences the Nephites experienced and the actions that brought those consequences.




  2. 2.

    Suppose a Nephite of Mormon’s day saw your diagram or read those verses, had the principles explained to him or her, and then responded by saying, “So?” Write a response to such a person to help them understand how significant those consequences are. Include specific examples of how your life is different because you have experienced the blessings of which Mormon spoke.