1 Nephi 18: The Journey to the Promised Land

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 29–30


Have you known people who were suffering because of their sins but did not want to change? Did they eventually repent? How much suffering did they endure before they changed their behavior? Who else was affected by their behavior? Laman and Lemuel had such an experience in 1 Nephi 18. Look for what finally motivated them to repent. Notice also the effect their stubbornness had on the rest of their family.
ship in waves

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Nephi 18

Curious (v. 1)Exceptional, unique
Had begat (v. 7)Became the father of
Provisions (v. 8)Food and other supplies
Breathe out (v. 17)Speak out
Stricken in years (v. 17)Old

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study 1 Nephi 18.

Activity A iconInterview a Character

Lehi’s family was ready to sail to an unknown land in a ship of unusual design (1 Nephi 18:1–7). If you were a reporter hired to interview the members of the family before their departure, what do you think they would say? Pick three members of Lehi’s group and suggest two questions you might ask as a reporter. Then write what you think those people would say in answer to your questions.

Activity B iconDon’t Miss the Details!

The story of Lehi’s family sailing to the promised land is interesting and contains some significant details that might easily be missed. After reading 1 Nephi 18, answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What two new members of Lehi’s family are mentioned for the first time in this chapter?

  2. 2.

    Why do you think the Lord allowed Nephi to remain tied up for so long instead of freeing him miraculously as He did in 1 Nephi 7:18; 16:39; and 17:48?

  3. 3.

    What happened in this chapter that fulfills what the Lord prophesied in 1 Nephi 17:13?

Activity C iconFind the Lessons for Life

The story of the voyage to the promised land can also be seen as a metaphor (symbol) for our earth life. For example, many people, such as Nephi’s brethren in 1 Nephi 18:9, concentrate on earthly interests and forget God and their dependence on His power. Answer the following questions to explore how this story is like experiences we could have:

  1. 1.

    How is what Nephi did for his brothers in verse 10 like what our conscience (the light of Christ) does for us?

  2. 2.

    How are the non-working compass and the storm like what happens to us when we “bind” our conscience?

  3. 3.

    What could Nephi’s being freed compare to in our lives?

  4. 4.

    What happened whenever Nephi prayed? How can you apply this to your life? (see especially vv. 1–3, 21–23).

  5. 5.

    How can Nephi’s description of the rude behavior of his brethren, the sons of Ishmael, and their wives (see v. 9) apply to some of today’s behavior and lack of respect for others?