Need to cover a lot of chapters at once?
A fellow seminary teacher, David Palmer, did the following activity for 3 Nephi 1-7, he says:
“I will occasionally put the desk in a snake like order and put questions on each desk and allow students to work on the questions as music is played, then after a min. or so they switch to the next desk. Just makes some for some variety and movement. One random desk I have just some jokes or activities to mix it up.”
I do not have that many students or the desks he has. I set it up in the foyer and just had the students move from the couch to a seat to the floor and so on. I also did not have them do any of the “games” listed. There is just not enough time and I have so few students, it would not have worked well for us.
Here is what he shared:
3 Nephi 1-7.Search, analyze, and apply questions for “Anaconda.”
1. At the beginning of 3 Nephi 1, we see that there is a division among those who are faithfully looking for the signs given by Samuel the Lamanite and those who mock the believers and are wicked. Nephi, the son of Nephi, petitioned the Lord in behalf of the faithful saints. Read 3 Nephi 1:10-15, 19, and 21. What signs foretold by Samuel the Lamanite were fulfilled? Write in your journal why the birth of Christ has been significant in your life? 2. The signs that Samuel the Lamanite foretold were coming true. Read 3 Nephi 1:16-18. Who did the wicked not believe? What might have caused these people to fear? What can this teach you about following our modern prophets? 3. Read 3 Nephi 1:22. What are some lies that Satan would tell you that would cause you to harden you hearts and not believe the “signs and wonders” that are prevalent today?
4. Play tic-tac-toe with the person across from you. Use the back of your sheet. Best out of 5 wins. 5. During the time that the signs of Samuel the Lamanite were being fulfilled, there was great wickedness with the Gadianton robbers and many of the Nephites were joining with the robbers. Read 3 Nephi 1:29-30. How do these verses apply to you? 6. Read 3 Nephi 2:1. What is the one word in this verse that caused these people to “be hard in their hearts,” “blind,” and “disbelieve?” What are some things in the gospel that we should never forget? Write this principle in the margin: “If I forget the things of the Lord, then I will become blind and hard in my heart.” Write in your journal two things you must do to make sure that you do not forget these things? 7. Read 3 Nephi 2:11, 18-19. Why were the people of Nephi overtaken by the Gadianton robbers and about to be destroyed? What does this mean to you?
8. Play a thumb war with the person across from you. Play best out of 5 and record winner on the back of the paper.
9. For the next three spots, look for 4 elements that defeat evil. Giddianhi was the leader of the wicked band of Gadianton robbers. He sent a letter to Lachoneus who was the governor of the Nephites. Read 3 Nephi 3:11-12. Having been threatened by the robbers, what did Lachoneus have his people do (underline it)? How might this help you defeat evil? Write in your journal about a time in your life when you received strength from praying? 10. In the previous question, you learn that praying gave a Nephite leader and his people strength against their enemies. Praying is one way that we can defeat evil. Read 3 Nephi 3:15. What is another thing you must do in order to be delivered from evil? Why would that make a difference in your life?
11. A Nephite leader and his people were living righteously during a time when the Gadianton robbers were coming to war against them. We know that praying and repenting are two ways that will protect us from evil. Read 3 Nephi 3:17-21. What kind of leader did the Nephites have as a captain? Why would that make a difference? What did the people of Nephi rely on when preparing for battle? What does this mean to you?
12. Have a staring contest with the person across from you. Record the winner on the back of the paper.
13. We learn in chapter 3 of 3 Nephi that the Nephites prayed, repented, united under righteous leaders, and relied on the power of the Lord’s words. Because they did this, what was the result? Read 3 Nephi 4:30-32. What does this result mean to you in your life? Why is it important to you? 14. Read 3 Nephi 5:1-3. Look for the principle in these verses and write it in the margin. Note the word “therefore.”
15. Arm wrestle with the person across from you and record the winner on the back of your paper. 16. Arm wrestle with the person across from you and record the winner on the back of your paper. 17. Mormon speaks about the Nephite records and the future of the descendents of Jacob (the house of Israel). Read 3 Nephi 5:21-26. What blessings come to the descendents of Jacob who are gathered in the last days? How would the Book of Mormon help this? 18. Read the chapter headings of 3 Nephi 1-7. What seems to be the theme among these chapters?
19. Have a staring contest with the person across from you. Record the winner on the back of the paper.
20. Read 3 Nephi 6:4-5. What keeps us from prospering? Write in your journal a time when you were obedient and you prospered and a time when you were disobedient and you didn’t prosper. 21. Take two minutes and write in your journal whatever the Spirit whispers to you. Say a prayer and ask what the Lord would have you know. Sit still and listen carefully. 22. Read 3 Nephi 6:9-17. What are some things that caused the people of Nephi to go from peace to “awful wickedness?” Pick anyone of these and think how that applies to you today. Try to use specifics. 23. Have a thumb war with the person across from you. Play best out of 5 and record winner on the back of the paper.
24. Read 3 Nephi 6:20-23. What happened to those that testified of Christ? Read 3 Nephi 6:27-30. Who is the enemy of all righteousness? In what ways have you seen the devil “combine against all righteousness” like the secrets groups did towards the people of the Lord? Name one thing you can do to resist this evil assault. Think of what the stripling warriors did. 25. Read the heading of chapter 6. Which one of these is happening most over at your high school or among your peers (underline it)? How can you personally avoid getting involved in this? 26. Read 3 Nephi 7:1-4. What is indicated in these verses that show that there is a division among the people? What does this mean to you? How might you get caught up in this type of division? 27. Play tic-tac-toe with the person across from you. Use the back of your sheet. Best out of 5 wins.
28. The people of Nephi began to become wicked by dividing into groups, casting out the prophets, and turning their hearts away from God. Nephi went forth and preached many things. Read 3 Nephi 7:15-17. What are the two things that Mormon recorded that Nephi preached? Nephi preached a lot of things, but Mormon decided to include just the two. Why do you think he did that? What is significant about this? 29. Read 3 Nephi 7:18-19. What kind of things did Nephi do because of “his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ?” How does this apply to your life? 30. Nephi, the son of Nephi, who was the son of Helaman, preached at a time of great wickedness and chaos within the government. He performed many miracles in the name of Jesus. Read 3 Nephi 7:21-26. How were the people converted? What does this mean to you and the process of your conversion?