Lessons from the Book of Mormon as taught by S.J. Hollist, in
"Lesson 2: Nephi Follows His Father, the Prophet," Primary 4: Book of Mormon, 5
A prophet is a man called by God to speak for Him. When a prophet speaks for God, it is as if God were speaking. Prophets have always told people what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want them to do. We will be blessed when we follow the prophet.
Read: 1 Nephi 1
, 1 Nephi 2
and sixth article of faith
Lehi prays for his people, and sees a vision of the destruction of Jerusalem that is soon to come (1 Nephi 1:5-13
). As a result, Lehi goes to preach to the people of Jerusalem to try and warn them of what is to come. He also testifies of the coming of the Jesus Christ (1 Nephi 1:18-20
). Lehi was mocked because of this, and the people attempted to kill him.
Prophets have always testified of Jesus Christ. We can know that Jesus is the Savior by prayerfully studying the Book of Mormon and by obeying the commandments.
"Lord spake unto [Lehi] . . . and said unto him: Blessed art thou Lehi, because of the things which thou hast done; and because thou hast been faithful and declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee . . . the Lord commanded [Lehi] . . . that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness . . ." (1 Nephi 2:1–3
Lehi and his family took provisions, and left behind everything else, including their riches. His sons Laman and Lemuel "murmered" (complained) because of their "stiffneckedness" (Stubbornness, pride). One of his other sons, Nephi, "did cry unto the Lord . . . and did soften [his] heart [and believed] all the words which had been spoken by [his] father; wherefore, [he] did not rebel . . . like [his] brothers" (1 Nephi 2:11-13,16
We have a prophet today that leads guides Jesus' Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
), and we can know the truthfulness of his words if we are willing to pray for our own personal confirmation.
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