Helaman 5: Nephi and Lehi in Prison

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 147–148


Nephi, the son of Helaman, gave up the judgment seat in order to spend more time preaching the gospel, just as Alma had done a few decades before (see Alma 4:15–19). What do the actions of those two prophets teach us about how to best reform society? Nephi’s companion in preaching was his brother Lehi, a man who was as spiritual as Nephi (see Helaman 11:19). In Helaman 5 you will read about those great missionaries and about the counsel they received from their father. As you read this chapter, look for evidence that they listened to their father’s counsel.
Nephi and Lehi in a pillar of fire

Nephi and Lehi Encircled by a Pillar of Fire

© 1966 Ronald K. Crosby

Understanding the Scriptures

Helaman 5

Ripening (v. 2)Becoming ready
Tidings (vv. 11, 29)Message, news
Confound (v. 17)Baffle and refute, confuse
Tumultuous (v. 30)Loud
Disperse (vv. 31, 42–43)Leave, disappear
Asunder (v. 33)Apart
Converse (vv. 38–39)Speak
Bidden (v. 49)Told, invited

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Helaman 5.

Activity A iconAn Important Word

Elder Spencer W. Kimball, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be ‘remember.’ Because all of you have made covenants—you know what to do and you know how to do it—our greatest need is to remember. … ‘Remember’ is the word. ‘Remember’ is the program” (“Circles of Exaltation” [address to religious educators, June 28, 1968], 8).

  1. 1.

    Find and highlight the word remember in Helaman’s counsel to his sons in Helaman 5:5–14, and make a list in your notebook of what he wanted them to remember.

  2. 2.

    Choose one item from your list and explain the influence it would have in a person’s life if he or she would constantly remember that principle.

  3. 3.

    According to Helaman 5:5, 14, how did Nephi and Lehi respond to their father’s counsel?

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Helaman 5:12

Create a picture of some kind—you can draw it, use pictures you cut out, or a combination of both—that would help you teach Helaman 5:12 to children in Primary. Share it with your family.

Activity C iconProvide Evidence

The scriptures often speak of the power of the word of God. This refers to the effect of teaching the gospel and how it helps people change and repent of their sins. As you review Helaman 5:13–19, look for examples of “the power of the word.” Explain how the people in Nephi’s community changed as a result of his preaching to them.