1. The Lord commanded Nephi to go and get the plates (sign the N and tap it next to your mouth and then cheek by your ear) (I really like the sign for command. One hand shows what the Lord says, the other shows you going and doing it!)
From the wicked Laban inside the city gates.
Laman and Lemuel were both afraid to try. (sign the L same as Nephi for the names Laman and Lemuel) (Afraid is going to be so fun to ham up!)
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply: (the sign I’m using for “reply” is actually for “speak,” but that’s what they used in the video, and I like it for the kids)
2. The Lord commanded Nephi to go and build a boat.
Nephi’s older brothers believed it would not float. (I’m going to repeat Laman and Lemuel here for simplicity. You could do the sign for brother) (“not float” is “sink”)
Laughing and mocking, they said he should not try.
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:
3. The Lord gives us commandments and asks us to obey.
Sometimes I am tempted to choose another way. (How am I going to explain tempted…anyone got an idea?)
When I’m discouraged, and think I cannot try, (discouraged in the asl video is different…but I used depressed because that was the video I could find) (explain the difference between know and think. we learned “know” in “As a Child of God“)
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.”
© 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.
1 Nephi 3:1–7
1 Nephi 17:8–10
1 Nephi 18:4