Ok, so flag phrases ended with 3 Nephi 11, so we’re moving on to visualization. With this study skill, we are going to “see” where we are and try to envision ourselves taking part in the events that are occurring. I find that this is a lot like the setting study skill, but we won’t be asking where.
I love how in verse one that we learn that Jesus called twelve to have the authority to baptize. I love that Christ has an orderly system and that as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that I am a part of what He has set up on the earth.
Have you ever shared the gospel with someone? Check out the blessing from verse 2. Those who believe in the words that have a testimony are baptized and given the gift of the Holy Ghost from Christ are more blessed than those that were with Christ on that day.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, those that mourn, the meek, those that hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those that are persecuted in the name of Christ, and those that are reviled for the sake of Jesus Christ. Those that are blessed in this manner will have great rewards in heaven.
Christ then states that the people that are his will be a light unto the world and that they should let their light shine before the people and glorify the work of God before all. Jesus Christ, the Redeemer calls for people to come unto Him to be saved and that if one does not keep the commandments that he has given that there will be no way to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Next, He counsels that we shall not be angry with one another and that we should be reconciled one with another and most especially with our enemies. We are counseled by Him in many ways which include turning the other cheek and to give freely to those in need. Finally, I really like the clarification that He provides in verses 47-48 which read: “Old things are done away, and all things have become new. Therefore I would that he should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
Can you see yourself in His presence as he delivers this address? Can you feel the power behind his words with his soft voice? Can you feel the presence of the Spirit in your heart as you read His words? … I can.
And I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.