1 Ne 18:5-25
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- 2 Discussion
- 3 Unanswered questions
- 4 Prompts for life application
- 5 Prompts for further study
- 6 Resources
- 7 Notes
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Relationship to Chapters 16-18. The relationship of Chapter 18 to the rest of Chapters 16-18 is discussed at First Nephi 16-18.
Story. Chapter 18, the story of the water journey, consists of four major sections:
- Verses 18:5-8: departing in the boat
- Verses 18:9-16: brothers bind Nephi until threatened by storm
- Verses 18:17-21: brothers ignore parents until threatened by storm
- Verses 18:22-25: arriving at the promised land
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapter 18 include:
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1 Ne 18: The water journey
- Chapter breaks. The natural breaks do not follow the chapter breaks chosen by Orson Pratt.
- Outline as a chiasm.
- • departing in the boat (18:5-8)
- • arriving at the promised land (18:22-25)
1 Ne 18:5-8: Departing in the boat
1 Ne 18:9-16: Brothers bind Nephi
1 Ne 18:17-21: Brothers ignore parents
1 Ne 18:22-25: Arriving at the promised land
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Prompts for life application
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Prompts for further study
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- 1 Ne 18:5: How well did Lehi and Nephi handle the Lord's decision to switch off on sending messages to each of them?
- 1 Ne 18:6: What does the phrase "every one according to his age" mean in this context? Does it mean the carrying capacity of each individual was proportional to their age? Or is this a reference to seniority and social hierarchy?
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- LDS Institute Book of Mormon Student Manual (PDF version): Chapter 5/56: 1 Nephi 16-18. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2009.
- 1 Ne 18:15-16. Edwards, Keith R. "That They Might Know Thee," Ensign, Nov 2006, pp. 99–101. Elder Edwards states: "There is throughout the scriptures a line of men and women who always seemed to keep their focus on Christ—people who, no matter what injury or injustice life dealt them, remained faithful and willing to endure. Particularly notable to me is Nephi's endurance... Remember, though, that it was Nephi who recorded: 'They scourge him, and he suffereth it...' [see 1 Ne 19:9] Nephi understood."
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