1 Nephi 15: 8, 11
8 And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?
11 Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.
Lehi shared his vision of the Tree of Life with his family. They wondered what the vision meant. Laman and Lemuel said it was hard to understand. Nephi took his questions to the Lord and asked Him what he should learn from Lehi’s vision.
The Lord taught Nephi many things. Nephi was taught that the fruit of the tree represented the love of God, and the rod of iron represented the word of God. He showed Nephi that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would be born to Mary. He showed Nephi that Jesus would love and teach the people in Jerusalem. Jesus would also be crucified and die for the sins of the world. Nephi was also shown that Jesus Christ would visit Nephi’s descendants in the promised land. They would be righteous for many years, but then they would become wicked, and be destroyed. Nephi was taught that the mists of darkness his father saw were the temptations of the devil, and the great and spacious building was the pride of the world.
Nephi also saw that the remnant of the Lamanites would meet another group of people coming across the waters to live in the promised land, many hundreds of years later. They would bring with them a book, the Bible, which contained the records of the Jews. Some “plain and precious” truths had been lost from the Bible. Then Nephi saw that the record of his people would be brought forth and become a book. This book, the Book of Mormon, would teach the plain and precious truths which had been lost, and together the books would be a testament of Jesus Christ.
Because Nephi had faith and asked God his questions, he was taught many things by the Lord. He then taught his brothers many of the things he had seen, and explained his father’s vision to them.
We can also ask God when we have questions. Learn the ways He speaks to you and answers your prayers. He promises that if we have faith, He will answer us.
“I testify that prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all of our doings, as we express heartfelt gratitude, and as we pray for others with real intent and a sincere heart. I witness Heavenly Father lives and that He hears and answers every earnest prayer. Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Mediator. Revelation is real.” David A. Bednar
What can we do if we have questions about the gospel? (Inquire of the Lord – Pray.)
Can we ask God for help if we have a decision to make? (Yes! Talk about a time you asked God for help to make a choice.)
How might the Lord answer our questions? (Discuss ideas)
Why was it important for Nephi to learn the things he was taught in his vision? (Discuss ideas)
How do we prepare to ask Heavenly Father something? During this prayer activity object lesson your children will learn how they can prepare to pray to their Heavenly Father in order to show Him love, honor and respect.
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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