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Book of Mormon FHE Lesson - I Will Go and Do

Book of Mormon FHE Lesson – I Will Go and Do

Nephi showed great faith when he said, “I will go and do.” This FHE lesson discusses how we can build faith in God’s commandments and act without fear, even in the face of great difficulty or trial. 

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Scripture

1 Nephi 3:7

And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

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Nephi’s Courage | Children’s Songbook pg. 120

1. The Lord commanded Nephi to go and get the plates
From the wicked Laban inside the city gates.
Laman and Lemuel were both afraid to try.
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:

“I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.”

2. The Lord commanded Nephi to go and build a boat.
Nephi’s older brothers believed it would not float.
Laughing and mocking, they said he should not try.
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:

“I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.”

3. The Lord gives us commandments and asks us to obey.
Sometimes I am tempted to choose another way.
When I’m discouraged, and think I cannot try,
I will be courageous, and I will reply:

“I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.”

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Begin the lesson by playing a game of Simon Says. To play, instruct the children to do a simple action by saying, “Simon says…” For example, “Simon says, touch your nose.” If you do not say Simon Says, the person is out.

Read aloud: This game reminds us of the story of Nephi. At the beginning of the Book of Mormon, Nephi must go and get the plates.

Ask: What do you know about this story? [have the children relate as many details as they know]

Read aloud: Yes! You’ve got a lot of the story. The Lord commanded to get the plates from Laban, a rich ruler back in the city of Jerusalem. The plates were important because they contained Nephi’s family history and the revelations of God. However, Nephi didn’t know what to do. It was a pretty scary situation. Laban was mean and wanted to kill Nephi and his brothers.

Ask: Have you ever felt scared or confused to do what the Lord has asked you? [share an example of your own about following the Lord’s will]

Read aloud: Nephi was brave. He told his father he would “go and do” the things the Lord commanded. We can be brave and faithful like Nephi. The Lord loves us and we can trust Him. He will help us do everything we need to do, even if it isn’t always easy.

Ask: What is something you want to go and do? How can we be brave in Jesus Christ?

Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Begin the lesson by reading the following scripture:

And now, behold thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them; but behold I have not required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord. – 1 Nephi 3:5

Give everyone a minute to ponder on the things of the gospel that can feel very hard sometimes or even a personal experience where they were asked to do a hard thing. Share these as a group. Be prepared with an example of your own.

Read aloud: When the Lord commanded Lehi and his family to obtain the plates of brass, little instruction was given. The story of obtaining the plates is one of a real family facing real struggles. We aren’t meant to be perfectly optimistic all of the time or ignore real feelings, but the Lord does want us to have faith in Him. Nephi is a great example of trusting in God, who said he would “go and do” what the Lord commanded.

Ask: How can we build trust in the Lord so we can act quickly and with confidence?

Read aloud: Nephi and his brothers risked their lives to obtain the plates. The answers didn’t come right away. They tried twice before finding success. When the answers did come, it required Nephi to do something he never imagined in killing Laban.

Ask: What does Nephi’s experience teach us about perseverance?

Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read 1 Nephi 3-4. Make a list of what Laman and Lemuel do and what Nephi does. Ponder on what you feel impressed to “go and do” and what may be holding you back. How can you overcome those things?

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