29 Behold now, I do not say that these things shall be, of myself, because it is not of myself that I know these things; but behold, I know that these things are true because the Lord God has made them known unto me, therefore I testify that they shall be.
Nephi had been struggling to teach the people, but they just weren’t listening anymore. He went home and knelt upon his garden tower and prayed, sad about the wickedness of the people. A crowd gathered and heard him praying. When Nephi saw the crowd, he began to teach them, calling on them to repent or they would be destroyed. He reminded them that they needed to turn from their wicked ways and turn to Christ.
To show the people that he truly was a prophet, he told them that the chief judge had just been murdered. Five men went to see if Nephi was right. Eventually everyone learned that Nephi was right, but even this miraculous sign didn’t cause the people to repent.
Nephi was saddened again because of the wickedness of the people. The Lord comforted Nephi, and gave him special priesthood power, which allowed him to ask God for anything, because God knew Nephi wouldn’t ask for anything contrary to the will of God.
Our prophet today has special priesthood keys that help him to direct the church. God speaks to us through his prophet. The prophet can help us know things that we should watch out for, things we should do to be happy, and he always reminds us to stay on the right path. It’s important that we learn to listen to and follow the prophet.
What does a prophet do?
Was Nephi a prophet? (Yes.)
Who is the Lord’s prophet on the earth today?
Where can we find the words of the prophets? (Discuss ideas. Examples: Conference, Church magazines, etc.)
Why is it important to listen to and follow the prophet?
Write ways you can follow the prophet on the paper shoes. Talk about how following the prophet helps us to be happy. Then use the shoes to take "steps" to follow the prophet.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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