Understanding the Scriptures
|Statutes (v. 2)||Commandments, laws, rules|
|Conferred them upon (v. 3)||Passed them on to, gave them to|
|Suffer (v. 6)||Allow, permit|
|Admonished (v. 13)||Counseled, given directions|
|Corrupted (v. 17)||Changed from the correct version|
|Confounded (v. 22)||Confused|
|Seed (v. 25)||Children or descendants|
Omni 1:12–30—Who Was Who in the Book of Omni?
Amaleki, the fifth writer in the book of Omni, mentioned the following different groups in Omni 1:12–30 (see also “Book of Mormon Chronology Chart,” p. 204):
The Nephites who followed King Mosiah I out of the land of Nephi and into the wilderness until they came to the land of Zarahemla
The Lamanites (and any Nephites who joined them) who remained in the land of Nephi
The people of Zarahemla (sometimes called Mulekites) who came from Jerusalem at the time of Zedekiah (approximately 587 B.C.)
“Coriantumr, and the slain of his people” (v. 21; called Jaredites) who came from the tower of Babel
The group of Nephites Zeniff led from the land of Zarahemla who returned to the land of Nephi
Studying the Scriptures
Do any three of the following activities (A–E) as you study Omni 1.
Find the Similar Theme
The book of Omni contains the writings of five different men: Omni, Amaron, Chemish, Abinadom, and Amaleki.
Write the name of each man in your notebook and, after each name, list the verses that each one wrote.
What similar events did Omni, Amaron, Abinadom, and Amaleki write about? What might that teach us about the approximately 200 years covered by this book?
Make a Comparison
A Fulfillment of Prophecy
Lehi’s family and the people of Zarahemla (sometimes called the Mulekites) both fled from Jerusalem, but at different times. One important difference between them was that Lehi’s family took the scriptures with them and the people of Zarahemla did not. Review Omni 1:14–17 and explain what effect that difference had on the people of Zarahemla and how that shows the truth of what the Lord said to Nephi in 1 Nephi 4:12–17.
Draw the Relationship between the Groups
In your notebook, draw a diagram like the one shown below, labeling the five different groups that are mentioned in the book of Omni. Include a description of each group and important dates (for help, see the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Omni 1:12–30; “Book of Mormon Chronology Chart,” p. 204). You may want to label these groups in the margin of your scriptures in the book of Omni.
Find the Answer
Amaleki finished his record with a summary of the life of King Benjamin, the son of King Mosiah I. As you read Omni 1:23–30, answer the following questions in your notebook:
How successful was King Benjamin as a warrior king?
Why did Amaleki give the Nephite records to King Benjamin?
How do we know that Amaleki was a righteous man?
What happened to the first group that left Zarahemla and wanted to return to the land of Nephi?