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Come Follow Me 2020 Primary  “1 Nephi 1-7”

Scripture Story Telling Ideas

Teach the story of the Brass Plates with one of the following methods.

Act out the story of Nephi getting the plates, or you can choose a narrator and use the cutouts and give everyone a piece to hold.







Watch the video “Chapter 4: The Brass Plates” (Book of Mormon Stories, 8–12)

Make this Mini Book Created by Kevin Merrell. Images are from the Scripture Readers. Have the children take turns reading from their books.





Friend January 2020 “Nephi Gets the Brass Plates”

Lesson Ideas

Nephi was Obedient

boy catching ball

Ensign January 2020 “Family Study Fun” Nephi’s brothers Laman and Lemuel complained that the Lord required hard things (see 1 Nephi 3:5), Nephi said he would “go and do” whatever the Lord commanded (see 1 Nephi 3:7).

Have everyone sit in a circle. Give someone a small, soft object (beanbag, tennis ball, balled-up sock, etc.). Play “Nephi’s Courage” on the Sacred Music app (no. 120 in the Children’s Songbook) while family members pass the object around the circle. Pause the music at a random moment. Whoever is holding the object when the music stops will explain one faithful act they will “go and do” this week.

Discussion: What are some things the Lord has asked us to do that seem hard? How can we be more faithful in our responses to those commandments?

Friend January 2016 “Nephi was Obedient” Goal Card. I can be obedient like Nephi.





Nephi Didn’t Give Up

Being Like Nephi

Friend January 2020 “A Nephi Attitude” Bennett was tired and thirsty and not enjoying doing the service project. He wanted to go home but there was still a lot left to do. His mom talked to him about how Nephi had hard things to do like getting the plates from Laban, but he didn’t give up. Bennett liked the idea of being like Nephi. Nephi was strong and brave and good. So he kept working. He was proud of what they had accomplished when they were done. He was glad he had gotten rid of the Laman and Lemuel attitude.

God Will Help Me Keep the Commandments

Friend January 2020 “Family Night Fun”  Sing “Keep the Commandments” (Children’s Songbook, 146)

Read 1 Nephi 3:7 together and help your little ones say, “God will help me keep the commandments.” Now it’s your turn to look for the scriptures! Send someone out of the room and hide a Book of Mormon for them to find. When they start searching, say “hot” when they get close and “cold” when they get far away. Take turns hiding and finding the scriptures.Thye

Sing The song “Nephi’s Courage” (Children’s Songbook, 120–21)

The Scriptures are Important

Lehi and His Family Studied the Scriptures

Friend January 2020 ” Coloring Page: Lehi and His Family Studied the Scriptures”





Friend January 2020 “Cover” Image of Lehi reading to his family from the Brass Plates.






Song Ideas

Nephi’s Courage

35395, Children’s Songbook, Nephi’s Courage, 120











Verse One Visual Aids and Teaching Ideas

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.”

Verse Three Visual Aids and Teaching Ideas

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.”

Words and music: Bill N. Hansen Jr., b. 1952, and Lisa T. Hansen, b. 1958.

© 1986 by Wilford N. Hansen Jr., and Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen. All rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial church or home use.


Friend January 2020 “The Book of Mormon Tells of Christ” Song. Sing-along Video Four verses. Verse one and two are below.  The last two verses are about the importance of the Book of Mormon.

1.When Lehi listened to the Lord,

And his family left their home and riches,

His sons returned back home again

So they could get the scriptures.

2. So Lehi’s people knew the Lord,

As the plates of brass helped them remember.

When they obeyed the prophet’s voice,

They prospered all together.



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