What’s happening? At Nephi’s request, the Lord switches out war with famine as a way to humble the people.
Why does it matter? When people are prideful, they must be forced to be humble or they forget God and their purpose here on earth.
Between the lines: Some, as seen with the Gadianton robbers, refuse to be humbled because of their deep sins (in this case, murder and satanic oaths) and no matter the circumstances.
Quote of the day: “Be it remembered that tribulations lie ahead… Bands of Gadianton robbers will infest every nation, immorality and murder and crime will increase, and it will seem as though every man’s hand is against his brother.” ~ BR McConkie, 1979, Stand Independent above All Other Creatures
11:3-4 Why did Nephi pray for the Lord to take away civil war and send a famine instead? See also 1 Kings 17:9–11, 13–16; and Alma 32:16.
“God will have a humble people. Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be humble.” ~ ET Benson, 1989, Beware of Pride
11:5-6 How do you think Nephi felt when his prayers were answered?
11:7-9 What changed for the Nephites because of the famine?
11:10-16 What stands out to you about Nephi’s prayer? What is the tone?
11:17 How was Nephi’s prayer answered?
11:18-19 What do we learn about Lehi, Nephi’s brother? Of whom else from history does he remind us?
“Lehi is relegated to the wings, as it were, while his brother, Nephi, is the main actor on the stage of this part of history. So it was with Sam, brother of the earlier Nephi, and so it was centuries later with Hyrum Smith, while his brother Joseph took center stage.” ~ Ogden and Skinner, BOOK OF MORMON, 2:100.
11:26-33 What were some of the Gadianton robbers’ deeds?
11:34-37 How is all of chapter 11 a good example of the pride cycle seen a lot in the Book of Mormon?