The inspiring clip from “Journey to the Promised Land” is a strong example of Nephi’s trust in God. The lesson which contains a story of a young boy taking President Hinckley’s challenge to read the Book of Mormon, a paper 3-D ship-building activity and Peanut Butter Footsteps provides several opportunities to talk about the choice to be obedient. Activity pages and the music MP3 Step by Step” are included.
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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.
Watch chapter 5 from the Animated Complete Learning System, Journey to the Promised Land DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP
For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:
When we have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must have trust in him.
When the Lord warned Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem and journey into the wilderness, why did Lehi obey?
“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.”
Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as you seek to serve him and keep his commandments.
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.
How did the Lord bless Nephi for being faithful? How did the Lord punish Laman and Lemuel?
An abiding faith, a constant trust, a fervent desire.
“An abiding faith, a constant trust, a fervent desire have always characterized those who serve the Lord with all their hearts. May we all respond affirmatively to the Prophet Joseph, who urged: ‘Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory!’ (D&C 128:22)
What can we do to show we are willing to obey and follow the savior?
"He Can Help Me"
Eight-year-old Josh listened as the bishop stood at the pulpit and read a statement from President Hinckley, “I offer a challenge to members of the Church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread The Book of Mormon...by the end of the year.”
Josh stared at the new Book of Mormon, his grandmother had given him last night after he had been baptized and confirmed a member of the Church. Josh loved watching the Animated Book of Mormon videos but he didn’t like to read. He closed his eyes and thought about what Nephi had said, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.”
After he got home from church Josh sat on his bed and opened The Book of Mormon and started to read. He didn’t know all the words, but he didn’t care, because he was doing what the Lord had commanded.
“What ya doing Squirt?”
Josh looked up at Cal, his sixteen-year-old brother Spencer’s best friend.
“I’m reading The Book of Mormon, like President Hinckley told us to.”
Cal began to laugh.
“He didn’t mean you Squirt. You’re too young!”
“He asked members to read and I’m a member, ’cause I just got baptized and confirmed.”
“Hey, Spence, there’s something wrong with the Squirt. He thinks he 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 Cal had caught his little brother acting so goofy.
“Cal’s right Josh! 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! ”
Josh’s face turned red and he felt like crying. He closed his eyes and silently asked Heavenly Father for courage. Then he remembered, in his Journey to the Promised Land video, Laman and Lemuel had teased Nephi, just like Spencer and Cal were teasing him. Josh took a deep breath.
“If the Lord can show Nephi how to build a ship, He can help me read The Book of Mormon!”
Cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
Add eggs, peanut butter & vanilla.
Mix until smooth.
Add flour, baking soda, salt, and oatmeal.
Mix until blended.
Roll dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness (if too soft refrigerate until easy to handle).
Cut out with foot shaped cookie cutter. (We purchased our’s at a local craft store for 60 cents.)
Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.
Optional: Remove from oven and immediately cover each cookie with (8) chocolate chips. Allow chips to melt, then spread evenly over cookie.
Cool in refrigerator until chips harden - this will be the sole.
Frost otherside of cookie with “Peanut Butter Frosting”
Decorate by making sandal straps with “Chocolate Frosting”
Tip: To make a decorating bag, cut off the tip of one corner of a sandwich bag. Fill with frosting. Roll top and squeeze frosting out corner.
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar.
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla.
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups oatmeal.
Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10–15 minutes
Chill Time: At least 15 minutes
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
1 Tbs. butter
1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3⁄4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-4 Tbs milk
“Peanut Butter Frosting”
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 Tbs. butter
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-4 Tbs. milk
Help children decorate cookies to look like sandals that Nephi and his family might have worn.
Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.
Ask and answer the questions as you teach your children how to build their ships.
What you need:
A copy of “Nephi’s Ship” for each child (art work included with this lesson), scissors & tape.
1. Have children cut out their ships. Cut along red dotted lines. You will be folding along the green lines.
A- What was Nephi commanded to build? (A ship)
Fold A to inside.
B- Who showed Nephi how to build the ship? (The Lord)
Fold B toward inside.
C-What did Nephi need to make tools to build the ship? (Ore)
Fold C toward inside.
D- Had Nephi ever built a ship before? (No)
Fold D toward inside.
E-Who mocked Nephi? (Laman & Lemuel)
Insert E into F. Fold flat and tape to hold.
F- What happened to Laman & Lemuel when they mocked Nephi for building the ship? (Nephi stretched out his hand and the Lord shocked them.)
Fold G toward inside.
G- Did Laman & Lemuel repent and help Nephi build the ship? (Yes)
Fold H toward inside.
H- Why did the Lord want Nephi to build a ship?(So they could cross the water to the Promised Land.)
Insert I into J. Point on bow should point away from boat. Tape to hold.
I- Why did Nephi know he could build a ship? (He had trust in the Lord.)
With printed sides facing out-tape sails together at mast.
1. Watch: chapter 5 from the Animated Complete Learning System, Journey to the Promised Land DVD. (Also available for viewing online.)
2. Read 1 Nephi 17:7–8
“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.
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.”
3. What was Nephi commanded to build? (A ship)
4. Who showed Nephi how to build the ship? (The Lord)
5. What did Nephi need to make tools to build the ship? (Ore)
6. Had Nephi ever built a ship before? (No)
7. Who mocked Nephi? (Laman & Lemuel)
8. What happened to Laman & Lemuel when they mocked Nephi for building the ship? (Nephi stretched out his hand and the Lord shocked them.)
9. Did Laman & Lemuel repent and help Nephi build the ship? (Yes)
10. Why did the Lord want Nephi to build a ship? (So they could cross the water to the Promised Land.)
11. Why did Nephi know he could build a ship? (He had trust in the Lord.)