Lesson 17: We Believe the Book of Mormon to Be the Word of God


The purpose of Primary 3 Lesson 17: We Believe the Book of Mormon to Be the Word of God is to understand that the scriptures help us learn and understand the scriptures as well as come unto Jesus Christ.

Teaching Thoughts

The following are linked to resources from LDS.org unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures" by Sister Julie B. Beck (First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency)

"Teaching Our Children to Love the Scriptures" by Sister Anne G. Wirthlin

"Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families- The Book of Mormon" as well as "The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families" are available as part of Deseret Bookshelf PLUS. The first provides great ways to dive further into the scriptures including this story. The later includes great definitions and explanations especially for children. It would be great to read as you prepare for these lessons to remember which phrases your class may have a harder time and more.


"The Eighth Article of Faith"- Children's Songbook pg. 127

"Nephi's Courage"- Children's Songbook pg. 120

"As I Search the Holy Scriptures"- Hymn #277

"Book of Mormon Stories"- Children's Songbook pg. 118

"Search, Ponder, and Prayer"- Children's Songbook pg. 109

"Seek the Lord Early"- Children's Songbook pg. 108

"The Books in the Book of Mormon"- Children's Songbook pg. 119

"The Books in the New Testament"-Children's Songbook pg. 116

"The Books in the Old Testament"-Children's Songbook pg. 114

"The Eighth Article of Faith"- Children's Songbook pg. 127

"The Golden Plates"- Children's Songbook pg. 86


The Brass Plates (about 4 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture video

Get approval from your Primary Presidency and you can show the Living Scriptures video about Nephi. They now have a streaming service which also allows you to download to your device! Right now I can get you 50% off your first month too (no contracts). 

Great resource (and free handouts) for teaching LDS Primary 3 Lesson 17: We Believe the Book of Mormon to Be the Word of God

My Primary 3 Lesson 17 handout packet includes

  • I Will Go and Do coloring page to go with Enrichment Activity 2
  • Journal page for the older classes (also go well with Enrichment Activity 2)
  • 1 Nephi 3:7 scripture printable (4 to a sheet) to color and take home

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Activity Ideas

Nephi and the Brass Plates- (older classes) Crossword puzzle

His Words- Connect the dots

Nephi Obtains the Brass Plates- Simple maze

Scripture Cards- Cards with scriptures to read when you are scared, lonely, etc.

Scripture Heroes- Match the person with the object

The Scriptures- Make a scripture bouquet (can use to read different scriptures during the lesson)

Search the Scriptures- A fun find the hidden objects pictures but can use as just a coloring picture.

Search the Scriptures- Color and make a bookmark

The Words of Christ- Do activity as is or use the scripture cut outs to make a fun necklace or bracelet- punch holes, string on yarn, even use fruit loops or straws for in between.

Comfort and Courage from the Scriptures- A David and Goliath Dot-to-dot but could just color and more activity ideas below

I Feel Reverent when I Read the Scriptures- Use as coloring page or make a mini booklet with other pictures mentioned here or draw your own.  Bring stickers for them to decorate the blank pages 

The Power I Get Each Time I Read-Bookmark

The Scriptures Show the Way- Make scripture puppets! Tell the scripture story using the puppets (glue on a stick or straw) then let the kids take one home 

Scriptures are Like Packets of Light- Bright Idea Poster

On the Right Path- Finish the road signs

Studying the Scriptures- Crack the code

Coloring Pages

The Scriptures Teach Me about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and How to Return to Them

Nephi Gets the Brass Plates (booklet to color)

The Scriptures are the Word of God

Ways to Study the Scriptures

I Can Gain a Testimony by Searching the Scriptures

Reading the Scriptures

Read the Scriptures Daily (reading chart)