Come Follow Me


Step By Step

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study:​ 1 Nephi 16-22
“I Will Prepare the Way before You”


1 Nephi 17:7–8, 14–15

7. And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been in the land of Bountiful for the space of many days, the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: Arise, and get thee into the mountain. And it came to pass that I arose and went up into the mountain, and cried unto the Lord.

8. And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters.

14. Yea, and the Lord said also that: After ye have arrived in the promised land, ye shall know that I, the Lord, am God; and that I, the Lord, did deliver you from destruction; yea, that I did bring you out of the land of Jerusalem.

15.Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord, and I did exhort my brethren to faithfulness and diligence.


Nephi’s Courage, verse 2 Children’s Songbook page 120


Nephi and his family were traveling to the Promised Land. They knew they needed to cross the water. Nephi prayed to find out what they should do. Heavenly Father told him that he needed to build a ship. Nephi didn’t know how to build a ship, but he trusted Heavenly Father and knew that Heavenly Father would help him to build the ship.

Nephi said he likened the scriptures to his family “that it might be for [their] profit and learning”. Sometimes Heavenly Father asks us to do certain things. We might be asked to read the scriptures, pay our tithing, or make a certain choice. By likening this story in scriptures to our lives, we know that Heavenly Father will help us when we trust him.


“When we have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must have trust in him. We must trust him enough that we are content to accept his will, knowing that he knows what is best for us.”

~ Dallin H. Oaks


When the Lord warned Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem and journey into the wilderness, why did Nephi obey? (Nephi trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as he sought to serve him. Nephi had the courage to keep the commandments, even when Laman and Lemuel mocked him.)

What are some ways that you can show courage in following Jesus? (Discuss ideas.)

What can our family do to show we are willing to obey and follow the savior? (Discuss ideas.)


Eight-year-old Melissa listened as President Nelson stood at the pulpit during General Conference, “I invite you to read the Book of Mormon, between now and the end of the year. ”

Melissa stared at the new Book of Mormon her grandmother had given her after she had been baptized and confirmed a member of the Church. Melissa loved watching the Animated Book of Mormon videos but she didn’t like to read. She closed her eyes and thought about what Nephi had said, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.”

After she got home from church, Melissa sat on her bed and opened The Book of Mormon and started to read. She didn’t know all the words, but she didn’t care, because she was doing what the Lord had commanded.

“What ya doing Squirt?”

Melissa looked up at Josh, her sixteen-year-old brother Spencer’s best friend.

“I’m reading The Book of Mormon, like President Nelson told us to.”

Josh began to laugh.

“He didn’t mean you Squirt. You’re too young!”

“He asked all the women ages eight and up to read The Book of Mormon, and I’m eight.”

“Hey, Spence, there’s something wrong with the Squirt. She thinks she can read The Book of Mormon before the end of the year. Man, I didn’t even read the whole thing last year for seminary.”

Spencer came into the room. He was embarrassed that Josh had caught his little sister acting so goofy.

“Josh’s right Melissa! You’re such a big baby! You won’t even take your turn when we read scriptures as a family! There’s no way you can read The Book of Mormon by yourself! ”

Melissa’s face turned red and she felt like crying. She closed her eyes and silently asked Heavenly Father for courage. Then she remembered, in her Journey to the Promised Land video, Laman and Lemuel had teased Nephi, just like Spencer and Josh were teasing her. Melissa took a deep breath.

“If the Lord can show Nephi how to build a ship, He can help me read The Book of Mormon!”

by Margie Nauta Lee

Activity idea:

Nephi's Ship

Have fun building NEPHI'S SHIP! Trust the instructions, follow them carefully, and you'll be able to build a ship like Nephi did.

If the ship is a bit tricky for little kids, they may enjoy this coloring page instead.

Treat idea:

Peanut Butter Footsteps

These yummy PEANUT BUTTER FOOTSTEPS will remind you to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

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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