1 Nephi 3:7
7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
Lehi was a prophet in ancient Jerusalem. The people were growing wicked, and the lives of the prophets and believers were in danger. Soon the city would be destroyed because of wickedness. The Lord commanded Lehi and his family to leave Jerusalem. If they were faithful, they would be led to a promised land. Laman and Lemuel, Lehi’s oldest sons, didn’t want to leave. They murmured and complained. Nephi, another of Lehi’s sons, had faith that his father had been led by the Lord and willingly left with his family. Soon after they had left, the Lord commanded that Lehi’s sons go back to retrieve the Plates of Brass. These important records contained the scriptures and teachings of God. Laman and Lemuel again murmured and complained. Nephi knew that the Lord would help him if he was obedient.
Many people feel that the commandments are burdensome and that they limit freedom and personal growth. But the Savior taught that true freedom comes only from following Him: ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’ (John 8: 31-32). God gives commandments for our benefit. They are loving instructions for our happiness and our physical and spiritual well-being. The Lord will always help us to keep His commandments.
My young friends, I promise that when you come to really know Nephi, you will be so impressed with his determination, courage, and desire to be obedient to the “things the Lord commands” that you will have a strong desire to incorporate his attributes into your own lives. Then when you are tempted by the adversary, as you may be nearly every day, to deviate from the counsel of the prophets, the wishes of your parents, or what “the Lord commands,” you can immediately have the words of stalwart Nephi automatically come to your mind: “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded” (1 Ne. 3:7). And when someone with whom you associate suggests you participate in something that is not as “the Lord commands,” you can think of the courageous plea Nephi made to his elder brothers: “Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord” (1 Ne. 3:16). H. David Burton
How did Laman and Lemuel respond when they were asked to do something hard? (Discuss ideas)
How did Nephi respond? What can we learn from this? (Discuss ideas)
How are we blessed when we keep the commandments? (Discuss ideas)
Why were the brass plates important? (Discuss ideas)
How can we be more faithful and obedient to the Lord’s commands? (Discuss ideas)
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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