The Book of Mormon

Week 5: The journeys to Bountiful₁ & the promised land

1 Nephi 16–22

5 October 2023

Lesson Materials





Lesson video

Journey of Faith

Additional reading and links


Portions of this lesson include segments from Journey of Faith, a 2005 documentary by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies at Brigham Young University. This documentary provides insights from Latter-day Saint and non-Latter-day Saint scholars into the route of Lehi₁’s journey through Arabia, including likely locations for Nahom, where Ishmael₁ died, and Bountiful₁, where Nephi₁ built the ship that took his family to the promised land.

In this follow-up to Journey of Faith, Latter-day Saint scholars delve into Mormon₂’s description of the Nephites’ land of promise and the religious history, culture, and traditions of its people.

How difficult would it be to make a functional bow and arrow using only primitive tools and materials on hand, as described in 1 Nephi 16:23? This Australian blogger did it with only a stone hatchet, a stone chisel, and stone blades and fire sticks. How much better would Nephi₁’s bow and arrow have been, considering that he almost certainly had more advanced tools?