January 27, 2008
1 Nephi 12-14
We began studying Lehi/Nephi’s vision last week. It is all one BIG vision. Who, that you know of, has had the priviledge to see this vision? Why was it their priviledge? How might you see this vision?
Can you summarize what Nephi saw in modern-day terms?
Do you see any literary devices used in the recording of this vision that help you understand and remember it?
Why does Nephi repeatedly say, “I, Nephi”? Does Isaiah 52:6 shed any light?
Why does Nephi have a guide while other visionaries do not, at least in their record of their vision that we have?
Where is Nephi when he receives this vision? How might it have affected him? Someone once said that as soon as you know the future, it instantly changes. Why and how might that have been the case for Nephi? How might it NOT have been the case? How do you receive knowledge of the future? How are knowledge of the future and knowledge of the past similar/different? How do they each affect you?
v. 4: What are the “mists of darkness?” (See v. 17.)
v. 6: How are you affected by this foreknowledge Nephi shares with you? If you had never read the Book of Mormon and were reading it today for the first time, and then fast-forwarded 634 years to 3 Ne. 11:6-11, how would you feel?
v. 9-10: What is the angel asking Nephi and telling him?
v. 10-11: What does it mean to be “made white?” What symbols of white do you know of and what do they teach you? Who is being made white and how? Compare this to v. 23. What is the meaning of “white” and “dark” here? How does this apply to the world today? To you?
v. 17: Why are the “mists of darkness” on the earth now?
v. 19-23: How do you think Nephi felt and responded to this information? What insight does v. 23 give Nephi regarding the brass plates?
v. 17-19 How would these verses affect Nephi after getting the previous bad news? Do v. 30 & 35 give any consolation?
v. 20-29: What is this book from the Jews? What do you learn about it from the Book of Mormon here? What does “stumble” mean? Can you identify some plain and precious understandings that may have been intentionally omitted from the Bible with the purpose to pervert the right ways of the Lord, blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men? (13:27)
v. 35-36: What is it that shall be written? With what purpose? By whom? For whom?
v. 37: Why does the Lord use the word “Zion” here? This is the first place in the Book of Mormon it is used. Where has Nephi probably heard this word before? (See Isaiah 52:7-10)
v. 38-41: What do you learn about the Bible AND the Book of Mormon separately and combined?
v. 42- through the next chapter…
1-6: What does this mean? Where is this promised land? Who is being spoken of? How will/did God manifest himself unto the Gentiles? In what way are the stumbling blocks removed? What is the pit into which the abominable church falls? What does this teach us about the justice of God? What are the blessings and cursings mentioned here? How do they apply to you?
v. 8: As this segment of the vision wraps up, why does the angel ask Nephi if he remembers the covenants of the Father unto the house of Israel? What does he mean by “remember?” Can you articulate these covenants? How do they apply to you? In what way are you remembering them? How can you better “remember” them? After Nephi answers, “yes,” why does the vision continue where it does? How do these two segments of the vision relate to keeping covenants? See v. 14 where covenants are again mentioned.
v. 10-11: Why are all other churches called the “church of the devil?” Why are they called the “mother or abominations” and “whore of all the earth” when they do so much good?
v. 12: In what way is the church of the Lamb of God kept small by the wickedness and abominations of the other churches?
v. 14: In past lessons I have proposed that Nephi’s thesis in the Book of Mormon is that God will deliver the righteous. How do v. 8 and 14 relate to this thesis? What does this teach about all the churches of the earth?
v. 17: What must happen before the “work of the Father shall commence?” Has this happened or is it still to come?
v. 18-28: How might we learn more about what Nephi saw in this vision? When/how will we know what others have written and seen of this ‘vision of all things?’
v. 27-30: Why would Nephi close this record of his vision with a formulaic colophon? See last week’s lesson for more on this.