#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 or Pages 1-6: It Begins with a FAMILY

#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 (or Pages 1-6) (2)

Click on the graphic to begin reading 1 Nephi 1-3


It seems that God has a pattern, and it involves families. The Old Testament begins with the first family of Adam and Eve. The New Testament begins with the family of Jesus Christ. The Doctrine and Covenants’ first chronological section (D&C 2) focuses on creating eternal families. And the Book of Mormon begins with the family of Lehi (See also: Arthur R. Bassett, “It Begins with a Family: Some Major Teachings in the First Half of the Book of Mormon”, Ensign, Sept. 1976).

As a father and husband, I have many lessons to learn in these chapters about my own involvement in my family. You may not be a father or a husband, but you are a member of a family–wife, mother, daughter/son, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, grandma/grandpa, etc–and God has lessons for you in these chapters in the Book of Mormon. There are many more lessons in these chapters as well that relate to you as a son or daughter of God.

Something to keep in mind is that the book of 1 Nephi must be understood in the context of the book of Jeremiah. If you have not read the book of Jeremiah, then I would encourage you to study the footnotes in 1 Nephi 1-3 that reference Jeremiah.

What lesson can one learn about God and His Plan when we consider the contrasting lives and missions of two of the Lord’s “many prophets” (1 Nephi 1:4) testifying in Jerusalem at that time? In 1 Nephi 2 we learn that Lehi is to leave Jerusalem with his family and “depart into the wilderness” (1 Nephi 2:1-4). According to our record, it isn’t until v. 20 that Nephi is informed of a “Land of Promise” and a foreshadowing of the events of the entire Book of Mormon history.

The phrase, “Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments” (1 Nephi 3:16,21;4:1), seems to be a prevailing principle in these pages. Those at Jerusalem had not been “faithful in keeping the commandments”, and were about to lose their promised land. The key to residency in the Lord’s promised land(s) has always been, and will always be, obedience to the commandments of the Lord. Lehi and Nephi have both heard the Lord teach this lesson personally to them (1 Nephi 2:1,19). Now they are trying to help others realize the same blessings in their lives.

Jeremiah on the other hand will be faithful to the Lord’s command given to him to stay at Jerusalem, not have his family, continue to be persecuted throughout his life, and be killed by those he tried so hard to serve and save.

So many amazing insights in just the first six pages of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

What did you learn in those pages? Comment below!

Don’t miss the beautiful online art exhibit, The Journey of Lehi’s Family: Selections from the Church History Museum’s collection
Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

ON THIS DAY IN 1829: Harmony, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith began dictating the translation of the Book of Mormon to Oliver Cowdery. At about this time, Joseph also received Doctrine and Covenants 6, a revelation to Oliver concerning translation.

KnoWhy: See the following for some great additional insights on these chapters.


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7 responses to “#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 or Pages 1-6: It Begins with a FAMILY

  • Devona Jackson

    The focus that I took on this round when reading these three chapters are the words testimony and obedience. Lehi was the prophet of this time, and Nephi, his son wanted to gain a testimony of what he taught. In order to start that process, he needed to pray and gain understanding for himself of whether his father saw was true. He was able to do that and that takes a lot of courage. That went through my mind as I was reading. He also did not complain either when he needed to get the plates from Laban. He was completely obedient. He followed his father into the wilderness. Because he was obedient, the Lord blessed him because of his faith, and the humility that he displayed. It is all about being able to have a testimony and then be willing to demonstrate that you have a testimony and then ability to obey.

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  • Ben Anderson

    I love reading the scriptures. I find that I learn and understand a whole lot better when I read in the morning before I officially start my day. I like to look for themes in the scriptures and put things together with different verses. This morning I found one that summarizes the role of scriptures in our lives.

    In 1 Nephi 1:20, Nephi tells why he started writing the plates of Nephi: “But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chooses, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.”

    Moroni tells us at the end of the Book of Mormon in chapter 10 verse 3: “if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the lord hath been unto the children of men..”

    The scriptures are to show us and help us remember the tender mercies of the Lord. Not just in the scriptures but in our own personal lives. Through reading, we can see how he blesses his people and in turn, reflect on our lives and how we he has and will blessed us in the same way.

    In simple terms, “The scriptures show, help us remember and allow us to reflect on the tender mercies of the Lord.”

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  • Annette Christensen

    First of all I love Chapter 2 v 3 where in the footnote on the word obedient it says TG Commitment! I love the correlation between obedience and commitment! They are closely connected! The other thing is v16-20 same chapter, I love the pattern established there by Nephi! 1. Desire 2. Prayer (cry unto Lord) 3. Humble (Soften Heart) 4. Believe 5. Act (choose the right, not Rebel) 6. Testify (Spoke to Sam) 7. Conversion comes by Spirit 8. Compassion (cried to Lord for brothers) 9. Blessings in v 20! Wow, some awesome stuff in those first few pages!



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