Helaman 8: A Prophecy of Murder

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 149–150


Helaman 7 showed that Nephi was very direct in preaching repentance. What happened when Lehi, Nephi, Abinadi, Alma, and Amulek were so direct with their people? How do you think Nephi’s teachings were received by his people? Pay special attention to what the Gadianton judges said and did.

Understanding the Scriptures

Helaman 8

Seize upon (v. 1)Arrest
Revile against (vv. 2, 5)Insult, scold
Contrary (v. 3)Against
Befall (v. 8)Happen to
Compelled (v. 10)Forced
Constrained (v. 11)Urged by the Spirit
Brazen (v. 14)Brass

Helaman 8:19–20—Who Were Zenos, Zenock, and Ezias?

This is the only time Ezias is mentioned in the scriptures. Like those of Zenos and Zenock, his teachings were contained on the brass plates (see the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for 1 Nephi 19:10, p. 30).

Helaman 8:21—Mulek, Son of Zedekiah

The descendants of Mulek were part of the people of Zarahemla discovered by Mosiah I and his people (see Omni 1:14–19). They became Nephites.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Helaman 8.

Activity A iconMake a Comparison

  1. 1.

    In Helaman 8:1–10, some of the wicked leaders of the people condemned Nephi. According to verses 4 and 10, why didn’t they seize Nephi and take him away to harm him?

  2. 2.

    In contrast to the feelings of the wicked men in Helaman 8, identify the phrase in Doctrine and Covenants 121:45 that describes the feeling we can have when we live a virtuous and righteous life.

  3. 3.

    Write a statement that summarizes a lesson we can learn from Helaman 8:4, 10.

Activity B iconComplete the Outline

Nephi used examples from history to help the people understand the truth. In your notebook, make a diagram similar to the one below to outline the main ideas in his presentation. Use Helaman 8:11–20 to fill in the missing ideas in the outline.