Why are families important to God’s plan for our salvation?
1 Nephi 7:1–5. What principles did you learn from these verses? You were assigned to ask a parent, Church leader, or teacher to suggest three ways young people today can prepare for marriage and raising children “unto the Lord.” Please share what you learned.
1 Nephi 8:10–13 Draw on a piece of paper what the verses describe. NOTE TO TEACHER: YOU WILL ONLY NEED THIS SLIDE OR THE ONE THAT FOLLOWS. DELETE THE SLIDE YOU DECIDE NOT TO USE.
1 Nephi 8:10–13 Identify the various images described in the verses.
The Fruit What about Lehi’s description makes the fruit of the tree enticing to you? The fruit of the tree symbolizes “the greatest of all the gifts of God” (1 Nephi 15:36)—the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Label what the fruit represents on the drawing.
1 Nephi 8:8:10–13 What can we learn from 1 Nephi 8:10–13 about receiving the blessings of the Atonement? Coming unto Jesus Christ and partaking of His Atonement brings happiness and joy. When has the Savior’s Atonement brought happiness and joy into your life?
1 Nephi 8:19–26 Draw the other symbols from Lehi’s vision. NOTE TO TEACHER: YOU WILL ONLY NEED THIS SLIDE OR THE ONE THAT FOLLOWS. DELETE THE SLIDE YOU DECIDE NOT TO USE.
1 Nephi 8:19–26 Identify the various images described in the verses.
Symbol in Lehi’s VisionInterpretation Shared by Nephi 1 Nephi 8:10–12. The tree with white fruit 1 Nephi 11:21–25 (The love of God; the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ) 1 Nephi 8:13. The river of filthy water 1 Nephi 12:16; 15:26–29 (Filthiness; the depths of hell) 1 Nephi 8:19. The rod of iron1 Nephi 11:25 (The word of God) 1 Nephi 8:23. The mists of darkness 1 Nephi 12:17 (The temptations of the devil) 1 Nephi 8:26. The great and spacious building 1 Nephi 11:35–36; 12:18 (The pride and vain imaginations of the world)
1 Nephi 8:30 What was the role of the iron rod—the word of God—in Lehi’s vision? As you studied 1 Nephi 8, what did you learn about the importance of the word of God? What phrases in 1 Nephi 8:30 indicate what we need to do to receive the blessings of the Atonement? What do you think it means to “press [your] way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron”?
If we hold fast to the word of God, it will help us overcome temptation and worldly influences. Holding fast to the word of God helps us grow closer to the Lord and receive the blessings of the Atonement. Imagine you are missionaries and have the opportunity to testify about the importance of studying the word of God and living according to its principles. Share what you would say, based on your own experiences.
Next Unit (1 Nephi 15–19) In the next unit you will study more about the trials of Lehi and his people as they continued their journey in the wilderness and sailed to the land of promise. Imagine their surprise when they awoke one morning and discovered a “ball of curious workmanship”—the Liahona. How did the Liahona work, and how did it guide them? Why did Nephi rebuke his brothers on the ship? How did Nephi describe the land of promise?