Helaman 9: A Murderer Is Discovered

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 150–151


How can one know that someone is a prophet? At the end of Helaman 8, Nephi prophesied the death of the chief judge. It seems logical that when the people discovered the truth of that prophecy it would prove to them that Nephi was a prophet. As you read Helaman 9, look for the different reactions to the fulfillment of his prophecy, and think about why the people had such different reactions. Did those people understand the role of a prophet? What is the most important role of a prophet?
Nephi and judges

Understanding the Scriptures

Helaman 9

Garb (v. 6)Covering
Smitten (v. 8)Struck down
Expound (v. 16)Explain their view
Liberated (v. 18)Set free
Divers (v. 19)Different
Cross him (v. 19)Get him to say something wrong
Confederate (v. 20)United in a conspiracy
Uncircumcised of heart (v. 21)People with impure hearts
Wist (v. 30)Know

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Helaman 9.

Activity A iconWhat Did They Realize?

Review Helaman 9:1–15 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What did the five Nephites discover about Nephi’s prophecy?

  2. 2.

    Why did they “fear” and “quake” and “fall to the earth” because of what they saw? (Be specific; quote verses from Helaman 7 as part of your answer.)

  3. 3.

    Why were the five Nephites taken to prison?

Activity B iconFind the Real Reason

  1. 1.

    According to Helaman 9:16–20, what explanation did the wicked judges give for the accuracy of Nephi’s prophecy?

  2. 2.

    If the wicked judges had been asked to explain why they thought Nephi did what they accused him of, what do you think they would have said?

  3. 3.

    What do you think was their real reason for accusing Nephi?

  4. 4.

    How are those judges similar to people today who refuse to believe the evidences that God lives and speaks to His prophets?

Activity C iconFinish the Sentence

Copy the following unfinished sentences into your notebook. Then finish the sentences from the information in Helaman 9:39–41.

  1. 1.

    Some people believed Nephi’s words because …

  2. 2.

    Others listened to the five Nephites and believed because …

  3. 3.

    Some said Nephi was a prophet because …

  4. 4.

    Others said he was a god because …