Lesson 5: Hearken to the Truth, and Give Heed unto It

Book of Mormon: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (1999), 20–24 annotated and facilitated by Don R. Hender


To inspire class members to follow Nephi’s example of faith and willing obedience.

Faith Works! Nephi's example is that it takes both obedience and faith working together. Faith without 'works' is 'dead', that is it just does not work. It takes the comination of willing effort along with the commitment of 'belief' that the work will accomplish the desired ends.


1. Read, ponder, and pray about the following scriptures:

a. 1 Nephi 16; 17:1–3. Lehi’s sons and Zoram marry Ishmael’s daughters. The Lord gives the people the Liahona, with which He guides them through the wilderness according to their faith and diligence. Nephi’s bow breaks, making it difficult to hunt for food. Everyone murmurs except Nephi, who makes a new bow, asks Lehi where to go for food, and brings food to the people.

b. 1 Nephi 17:4–55; 18:1–4. Nephi demonstrates unwavering faith by obeying the Lord’s command to build a ship.

c. 1 Nephi 18:5–25. Laman, Lemuel, the sons of Ishmael, and their wives join in rebellion on the ship. Laman and Lemuel bind Nephi, who demonstrates courage and gratitude despite this trial. The Lord sends a great tempest. Laman and Lemuel loose Nephi, who guides the ship to the promised land.

2. Additional reading: Alma 37:38–46.

["AND it came to pass that the Lord commanded me, wherefore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them the record of my people. And upon the plates which I made I did engraven the record of my father, and also our journeyings in the wilderness, and the prophecies of my father; and also many of mine own prophecies have I engraven upon them.
"And I knew not at the time when I made them that I should be commanded of the Lord to make these plates; wherefore, the record of my father, and the genealogy of his fathers, and the more part of all our proceedings in the wilderness are engraven upon those first plates [the large plates] of which I have spoken; wherefore, the things which transpired before I made these plates are, of a truth, more particularly made mention upon the first plates [the large plates]."

~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 19:1-2]

[Nephi's small plates record of their travels in the wilderness were greatly abridged. The bulk of those events are recorded upon the large plates of Nephi, which would confirm the 8 years' journey from the valley or Lemuel to the land of Bountiful. Chapter 19 explains that and the Alma 37 reference alludes to those facts as well.]
[The Lord prepares the way that things may be accomplished. The Liahona was an example of one such preparation. Its operation was simple. The one neddle direct the course to follow and I suppose the other neddle merely point north, so as that they were always able to maintain their orientation as well. If the exercised their faith it was simple to follow the way in which the Lord did so provide the means. If they failed in their faith and to follow the way that was pointed, then the journey would become difficult.]

"And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.
"And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship. And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.
"And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.
"Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;
"Therefore, they tarried in the wilderness, or did not travel a direct course, and were afflicted with hunger and thirst, because of their transgressions.
"And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual.
"For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.
"And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.
"O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever."
~ Book of Mormon | Alma 37:38-46)

This reference alludes to both land travel and the 'straight course' of the sea journey as well. It also alludes to the fact that much more happened than just what was on the small plates record.

3. Speak with three class members in advance, asking each of them to prepare to summarize one of the scripture accounts listed below. Ask them to report on the events described in the accounts rather than doctrine or personal application, which will be discussed in class after they give the reports.

a. 1 Nephi 16:9–33 [events of journey in wilderness from valley of Lemuel to Bountiful]

b. 1 Nephi 17:4–55; 18:1–4 [events in the land of Bountiful - building the ship]

c. 1 Nephi 18:5–22 [events upon the ocean to the land of promise and their arrival there at]

Summary One: Pattern of journey - Broken Bow incident / Lehi's son's birth - Death of Ishmael - settled into 'nomad' life in desert

Summary Two: Land of plenty Bountiful - Lord commands Nephi to build a ship-Ore/pit smelter/bellowses - brothers rebel - Nephi shocks them - ship is built - fine workmanship

Summary Three: Ocean sailing - rude dancing and inappropriateness - brother tie Nephi up - Liahona fails to work & tempest - brothers repent - liahona works - El Nino year/land in promised land (tpjs p. 267) - plant bounteous harvest - journey in land 'animals' & 'ores'/Alma 22:29-33(31) - (ch. 19) Lord commands Nephi make record

4. If the following materials are available, prepare to use them during the lesson:

a. The pictures The Liahona (62041; Gospel Art Picture Kit 302) and Lehi and His People Arrive in the Promised Land (62045; Gospel Art Picture Kit 304).

b. “I Will Prepare the Way,” an eight-minute segment of Book of Mormon Video Presentations (53911).

"Upon arriving at both lands of Bountiful, did Laman and Lemuel really think that such good navigating was mere happenstance? Perhaps Nephi had merely “guessed right” (see Hel. 16:16). Their ingratitude for the Liahona raises the question: What did Laman and Lemuel really think of that remarkable instrument? Was it just a convenient gadget or merely standard equipment on every ship?"

Suggestions for Lesson Development:

Attention Activity:

As appropriate, use the following activity or one of your own to begin the lesson.

Write the following statements on the chalkboard:

I don’t want to.

I’ll think about it.

I’ll try.

Ask a class member to read 1 Nephi 3:4 [& 1 Nephi 3:7].

•• What might have happened if Nephi had responded to the Lord’s commandment with one of these statements on the chalkboard? How did Nephi respond? (“I will.” See 1 Nephi 3:7.)

Erase the statements from the chalkboard, and write the statement I WILL in large letters. Explain that Nephi and his family were blessed as they traveled to the promised land because Nephi continued to have an “I will” attitude—he did not hesitate to obey the Lord’s commandments. This lesson shows how we can follow Nephi’s example of faith and willing obedience.

"Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brothers should go unto the house of Laban, and seek the records, and bring them down hither into the wilderness."
. . .
"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."
~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 3:4 & 7

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Scripture Discussion and Application

Prayerfully select the scripture passages, questions, and other lesson material that will best meet class members’ needs. Discuss how the selected scriptures apply to daily life. Encourage class members to share appropriate experiences that relate to the scriptural principles.

1. The Lord guides the families of Lehi and Ishmael according to their faith and diligence [works].

If you are using the picture of Lehi finding the Liahona, display it now. Ask the assigned class member to summarize the events described in 1 Nephi 16:9–33. Then read and discuss selected verses from 1 Nephi 16; 17:1–3.

•• The “ball, or director” that the Lord gave Lehi was called “Liahona” (Alma 37:38). What were the purposes of the Liahona? (See 1 Nephi 16:10, 29.)
-What did the people need to do in order for the Liahona to work?(See 1 Nephi 16:28–29; Alma 37:40.)
-What were the consequences when the people were unfaithful and disobedient? (See Alma 37:41–42.)

•• What are some guides in our lives that, like the Liahona, work according to our faith and diligence? (Answers may include the scriptures, as explained in Alma 37:38–46; the Holy Ghost; patriarchal blessings; teachings of living prophets; and our conscience, as explained in the quotation below.) How have these guides helped you?

President Spencer W. Kimball said:

“The Lord gave to … every person, a conscience which tells him everytime he starts to go on the wrong path. He is always told if he is listening; but people can, of course, become so used to hearing the messages that they ignore them until finally they do not register anymore.

“You must realize that you have something like the compass, like the Liahona, in your own system. Every child is given it. … If he ignores the Liahona that he has in his own makeup, he eventually may not have it whispering to him. … Our ship will not get on the wrong course … if we listen to the dictates of our own Liahona, which we call the conscience” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1976, 117; or Ensign, Nov. 1976, 79).

•• How did Laman and Lemuel react when Nephi broke his bow? (See 1 Nephi 16:18, 20.) How did Lehi react? (See 1 Nephi 16:20.) How did Nephi react? (See 1 Nephi 16:22–23.) What can we learn from Nephi’s response to this challenge that can help us when we face challenges? (Answers may include that we should trust in the Lord, work diligently to overcome the challenges, and avoid complaining against the Lord and His servants.)

•• After Nephi made a new bow, he asked Lehi where to go to obtain food (1 Nephi 16:23). How did Lehi respond to his son’s request? (See 1 Nephi 16:24–25.) What was the result of Lehi’s humbling himself and turning to the Lord? (See 1 Nephi 16:26–32.) What can we learn from the Lord’s dealings with Lehi in this instance? (Answers may include that the Lord will forgive and bless us when we humble ourselves and turn to Him.)

•• Speaking of the Liahona, Nephi observed that “by small means the Lord can bring about great things” (1 Nephi 16:29; see also Alma 37:6–7; D&C 64:33). In your life, how have you seen that this is true? How can the knowledge of this principle help us?

2. Nephi demonstrates unwavering faith by fulfilling the Lord’s command to build a ship.

Ask the assigned class member to summarize the events described in 1 Nephi 17:4–55; 18:1–4. Then read and discuss selected verses from those passages.

•• What can we learn from Nephi’s actions in response to the Lord’s command to build a ship? (See 1 Nephi 17:8–11, 16–19, 50–51; 18:1–3; see also James 2:17–18.)

Elder L. Tom Perry said: “This is one of the more interesting stories we have in the scriptures because it tells of an instance in which the Lord provided help but then stepped aside to allow one of His sons to exercise his own initiative. I have sometimes wondered what would have happened if Nephi had asked the Lord for tools instead of a place to find the ore to make the tools. I doubt the Lord would have honored Nephi’s request. You see, the Lord knew that Nephi could make the tools, and it is seldom the Lord will do something for us that we can do for ourselves” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 87–88; or Ensign, Nov. 1991, 64).

If you are using the video presentation “I Will Prepare the Way,” show it now. After you have shown it, discuss how the Lord prepared the way for Susan, the main character, to share the gospel. Help class members see that they, like Nephi and Susan, can find strength in the Lord’s promise: “I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments” (1 Nephi 17:13).

•• What was Laman and Lemuel’s reaction when they saw that Nephi was about to build a ship? (See 1 Nephi 17:17–22.) Nephi rebuked them by reminding them of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. How was the exodus of Lehi and his family similar to the exodus of Moses and the Israelites? (See 1 Nephi 17:23–44.)

•• Nephi told Laman and Lemuel that they “were past feeling, that [they] could not feel [the Lord’s] words” (1 Nephi 17:45). What does it mean to feel the words of the Lord? (See the quotation below.) What causes people to become “past feeling”? How can we prepare ourselves to feel the words of the Lord?

Elder Boyd K. Packer taught: “The Holy Ghost communicates with the spirit through the mind more than through the physical senses. This guidance comes as thoughts, as feelings, through impressions and promptings. It is not always easy to describe inspiration. The scriptures teach us that we may ‘feel’ the words of spiritual communication more than hear them, and see with spiritual rather than with mortal eyes (see 1 Nephi 17:45)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1989, 16; or Ensign, Nov. 1989, 14).

•• What consequence do people face when they, like Laman and Lemuel, harden their hearts against the truth? (See 1 Nephi 17:46–47.)

•• Nephi urged his brothers not to murmur against their father (1 Nephi 17:49). How does murmuring affect our families? How can we overcome the practice of backbiting and speaking against family members?

•• Nephi continued to pray for guidance as he built the ship (1 Nephi 18:1–3). How did the Lord answer his prayers? (See 1 Nephi 18:1, 3–4.) Why is it important for us to seek the Lord often in prayer?

3. Laman and Lemuel bind Nephi, who shows courage and gratitude despite this trial. After they free him, he guides the ship to the promised land.

Ask the assigned class member to summarize the events described in 1 Nephi 18:5–22. Then read and discuss selected verses from 1 Nephi 18:5–25.

•• As they sailed toward the promised land, Laman, Lemuel, the sons of Ishmael, and their wives “began to make themselves merry” (1 Nephi 18:9). What was Nephi’s response to their actions? (See 1 Nephi 18:10.) What was wrong with this merrymaking? (See 1 Nephi 18:9. They forgot the Lord and acted with rudeness. You may want to contrast this verse with D&C 136:28.)

•• What was the only thing that would convince Laman and Lemuel to release Nephi? (See 1 Nephi 18:15–20.) Laman and Lemuel became more hard-hearted as they rebelled against the Lord, repented, and then continued to rebel (contrast 1 Nephi 18:20 with 1 Nephi 2:14; 7:19–21; 16:39; 18:4). What is the danger of returning to the same sin over and over again? (See D&C 82:7.)

•• How did the Lord bless the people after Laman and Lemuel repented and loosed Nephi? (See 1 Nephi 18:21–25. If you are using the picture of the people arriving in the promised land, display it now.)

•• As the people traveled through the wilderness and across the sea, what circumstances led many of them to murmur? (See 1 Nephi 16:18–20, 34–36; 17:21.) What was Nephi’s attitude during these difficult times? (See 1 Nephi 18:16. Emphasize that even when those around him complained against God, Nephi never wavered in his obedience and his love for the Lord.)


Point out that the last words written by Nephi in the Book of Mormon are a fitting description of his true character: “The Lord commanded me, and I must obey” (2 Nephi 33:15). Then share the following statement by Elder Heber J. Grant:

“No obstacles are insurmountable when God commands and we obey” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1899, 18).

As directed by the Spirit, testify of the truths discussed during the lesson.

Additional Teaching Ideas:

The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or both of these ideas as part of the lesson.

1. Scripture search

Have class members scan 1 Nephi 16–18, looking for words that describe Nephi and words that describe Laman and Lemuel. List the words on the chalkboard, and use them to show the contrast between Nephi and his rebellious brothers.

2. Insights from 1 Nephi 19–22

•• One of the first things the Lord commanded Nephi to do after the families arrived in the promised land was to keep a record of the people (1 Nephi 19:1–4). Nephi said that he wrote “sacred things” for his people “that perhaps [he] might persuade them that they would remember the Lord their Redeemer” (1 Nephi 19:5, 18). What blessings will come to our posterity if we record sacred events in our lives? >>>>>>>

•• According to Nephi, how would the world receive the Savior during His mortal ministry? (See 1 Nephi 19:7–10.)
"And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men."
"... the God of Jacob, yieldeth himself, according to the words of the angel, as a man, into the hands of wicked men, to be lifted up, according to the words of Zenock, and to be crucified, according to the words of Neum, and to be buried in a sepulchre, according to the words of Zenos, which he spake concerning the three days of darkness, which should be a sign given of his death unto those who should inhabit the isles of the sea, more especially given unto those who are of the house of Israel."
~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 19:9 & 10
- Why did the world reject Jesus as “a thing of naught”? (See 1 Nephi 19:9.)
- Why was Jesus willing to endure such persecution? (See 1 Nephi 19:9.)

•• According to Nephi, why would the Jews be “[a] scourged by all people”? (See 1 Nephi 19:13–14.)
"And as for those who are at Jerusalem, saith the prophet, they shall be scourged by all people, because they crucify the God of Israel, and turn their hearts aside, rejecting signs and wonders, and the power and glory of the God of Israel.
"And because they turn their hearts side, saith the prophet, and have despised the Holy One of Israel, they shall wander in the flesh, and perish, and become a hiss and a byword, and be hated among all nations."

~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 19:13-14
- What will happen when the Jews “no more turn aside their hearts” against Jesus? (See 1 Nephi 19:15–16.)
"Nevertheless, when that day cometh, saith the prophet, that they no more turn aside their hearts against the Holy One of Israel, then will he remember the covenants which he made to their fathers.
"Yea, then will he remember the isles of the sea; yea, and all the people who are of the house of Israel, will I gather in, saith the Lord, according to the words of the prophet Zenos, from the four quarters of the earth."

~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 19:15-16

•• Nephi taught his brethren concerning “the prophets of old” and “the doings of the Lord in other lands, among people of old” (1 Nephi 19:21–22).   >>>>>> How have you been blessed as you have studied the scriptures and learned of the prophets of old?   >>>>>>

•• Why is it important to “liken all scriptures unto us”? (1 Nephi 19:23). How have you benefited from doing this?  >>>>


While it was not one of the very first things, it certainly was one of the most important things for Nephi to do, that is record the history of his people. The first things were to plant and harvest during that first season at their temporary base encampment. With their food supply replenished, they took their journey into the forests and wilderness of the land of promise. There they found animals of every kind including the domestic animals of the Jaredites that wandered into the land southward for want of food (Alma 22:31). Eventually the Liahona led them south to a land that the Lord did give unto Lehi as his land of first inheritance (Alma 22:28). There they found ores of every kind. This is what Nephi needed in order to prepare the metal plates upon which he could keep a record of his people. It was then, after those other 'first' things, that the Lord did command Nephi to make a record of his people. That record was kept upon Nephi's large plates. Nephi would not be commanded to keep his small plates record until later, after he had departed from his brethren who remained in that land of first inheritance. Nephi journeyed many days into the interior of the land (Alma 22:28) of Nephi.

"And an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter; and then, behold, I proceed according to that which I have spoken; and this I do that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my people."
. . . "And I, Nephi, have written these things unto my people, that perhaps I might persuade them that they would remember the Lord their Redeemer.
"Wherefore, I speak unto all the house of Israel, if it so be that they should obtain these things."

~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 19:5 & 18-19
"And he surely did show unto the prophets of old all things concerning them; and also he did show unto many concerning us; wherefore, it must needs be that we know concerning them for they are written upon the plates of brass.
"Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, did teach my brethren these things; and it came to pass that I did read many things to them, which were engraven upon the plates of brass, that they might know concerning the doings of the Lord in other lands, among people of old."

~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 19:21-22

That we might know and understand the workings of the Lord unto the House of Israel and the covenants of the Lord which he has made unto the children of men to Israel and from Israel unto all the nations of the world. And that we might come to know our God, the God of this earth, he that has created us here and has worked with the children of men unto salvation and has come in the meridian of time to redeem all that he has created, he being the same as the Savior of the World, even Jesus Christ.

It is important to liken the scriputures unto ourselves, as they are they which lead all men unto eternal life and enable them to know that God who has, does and will ever deal with all of mankind.

The benefit is to come to know and love God.

3. 1 Nephi 21–22 contains significant prophecies concerning the last days. You may want to review the following passages:

a. 1 Nephi 21:22–23; 22:6–8. The Restoration of the gospel will bring scattered Israel together again.

b. 1 Nephi 21:26; 22:10–12. The Lord will bring Israel “out of obscurity and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer.” (Note that the Book of Mormon plays a key role in “bringing about [the Lord’s] covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the house of Israel.” Compare 1 Nephi 22:11–12 with the itle page of the Book of Mormon.)

c. 1 Nephi 22:13–15. Nations that reject God will war against one another and be destroyed.

d. 1 Nephi 22:16–19. The Lord will preserve the righteous.

e. 1 Nephi 22:26. Satan will be bound during Christ’s millennial reign.

Lesson 5: Hearken to the Truth, and Give Heed unto It

Book of Mormon Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 4

As you study 1 Nephi 16–18, look for ways in which Nephi demonstrated obedience, faith, and courage. Think of ways you can follow Nephi’s example.

•• How did the way in which Nephi responded to trials differ from the way in which many of his family members responded? (Contrast 1 Nephi 18:16 with 1 Nephi 16:18–20, 34–36; 17:21.) How can we overcome the tendency to murmur when we face trials?

Study the following scriptures about obeying God’s commandments. You may want to mark these passages.

1 Nephi 3:7

D&C 130:20–21

1 Nephi 17:3

Abraham 3:25

D&C 82:10

"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."
~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 3:7

"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
"And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."

~ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 130:20-21

"And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness."
~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 17:3

"And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;
"And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever."

~ Pearl of Great Price | Abraham 3:25-26

"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."
~ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 82:10

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Obtain two pieces of rope—one in good condition and one that is frayed. Display the rope that is in good condition, and explain that it is made of many threads. Explain that just as it is important for the threads of the rope to remain tightly woven together, it is important for families to be united. Then display the rope that is frayed. Explain that just as rope is weakened when the threads separate, families are weakened when they are not united.

Review the account in 1 Nephi 16–18. Consider how the actions of individual members of Lehi’s family affected the family’s unity. Talk about what you can do as a family to be more united.


—The wicked take the truth to be hard—Lehi's sons marry the daughters of Ishmael
—The Liahona guides their course in the wilderness
—Messages from the Lord are written on the Liahona from time to time
—Ishmael dies; his family murmur because of afflictions.
About 600–592 [592-586] B.C.
~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 16:Heading


—Nephi is commanded to build a ship
—His brethren oppose him—He exhorts them by recounting the history of God's dealings with Israel
—He is filled with the power of God—His brethren are forbidden to touch him, lest they whither as a dried reed.
—About 592-591 [584–583] B.C.
~Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 17:Heading


—The ship is finished
—The births of Jacob and Joseph are mentioned
—The company embarks for the promised land
—The sons of Ishmael and their wives join in revelry and rebellion
—Nephi is bound, and the ship is driven back by a terrible tempest
—Nephi is freed, and by his prayer the storm ceases
—They arrive in the promised land.
—About 591-589 [583–581] B.C.
~ Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 18:Heading

An Anachronistic Anachronism - a chronological inconsistency in arrangements of events, persons in different periods of time.

Orson Pratt cross reference 1 Nephi 7:14 with Jeremiah 37:15 and George Reynolds suggested timeline for Book of Mormon of 1 Nephi 17:4. Nephi can't be bring Ishmael's family from Jerusalem in about 592 B.C. when Jeremiah is first put into prison and arriving in the first land of Bountiful in 592 B.C. after their 8 years journey in the wilderness.

Solution: Orson Pratt's cross reference is correct and George Reynold's suggested timeline is off as it was simply mistaken in the presumption that the 8 year journey was from Jerusalem when in fact it was but that journey from the valley of Lemuel to the first land of Bountiful. Thus the adjustments to the suggested datings would be appropriate.