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3 Nephi 30

Two posts in one day, say it isn’t so… It is so.  Because I said so, and I’m the mom, that’s why.  (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself there.)  This last chapter of 3 Nephi is for everyone, please read…. as I will directly quote it and that is all I will have to say.  Follow His Counsel Brothers and Sisters of the world.  Walk that pathway that will lead you to His kingdom for the eternities.

3 Nephi 30

“Hearken, O ye Gentiles, and hear the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of the loving God, which he hath commanded me that I should speak concerning you, for behold he commandeth me that I should write, saying: Turn , all ye Gentiles, from your wicked ways; and repent of your evil doings, of your lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms, and of your secret abominations, and your idolatries, and of your murders, and your priestcrafts, and your envyings, and your strifes, and from all your wickedness and abominations, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins, and be filled with the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people who are of the house of Israel.”

I do pray that each of you is able to hearken to this counsel from our Savior.  Turn to Him and be at peace knowing that you will be with Him forever. In his sacred name, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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3 Nephi 29

We are just two very short chapters away from the end of 3 Nephi.  This is actually really sad.   But I know there is going to be more great reading ahead of us.  Let’s use this substitution skill and keep it rolling.

“And now behold, I say unto you (Samantha) that when the Lord shall see fit, in his wisdom, that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles (you and me) according to his word, then ye (Samantha) may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the children of Israel, concerning their restoration to the lands of their inheritance, is already beginning to be fulfilled.”  The Book of Mormon shall come forth…. and it did!

“And ye (Samantha) may know that the words of the Lord, which have been spoken by the holy prophets, shall all be fulfilled; and ye (Samantha) need not say that the Lord delays his coming unto the children of Israel.”

“And ye (Samantha) need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are vain, for behold, the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his people of the house of Israel.”

“And when ye (Samantha) shall see these sayings coming forth among you (Samantha), then ye (Samantha) need not any longer spurn at the doings of the Lord, for the sword of his justice is in his right hand; and behold, at that day, if ye (Samantha) shall spurn at his doings he will cause that it shall soon overtake you (Samantha). ”  I vote no to this…. I shall not spurn at his doings, and really hope that I never have and if I have in the past that I will be forgiven this massive transgression…. and in verses 5-9 we really learn why.

I leave these thoughts with you to think on as you study your scriptures and liken them unto yourself.  I pray that you are well and not ridden with the horrible flu that is trampling many across the US right now.  In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

 

 

 

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3 Nephi 28

Simply reading the heading to this chapter is great.  I know it’s going to be a good one.  I have indeed read this before, but it still gets to me on an emotional level to think about these three men that are much greater than I.

3 Nephi 28 picks up where 3 Nephi 27 left off and Jesus asks each disciple one by one what is that they desire once He returns to the heavens.  Nine of the disciples ask that after their time on earth is done that they may come into His kingdom quickly.  Jesus blesses them and tells them that when they are 72 years old that they will come to Him and find rest.  The other three were quiet and not wanting to tell Christ what it was that they wanted, but Jesus told them “I know your thoughts.”  These three men will never taste death and they will live until Christ returns to earth again and at that time they “shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality.”   There are four men walking this earth today, that are so old that we can’t really fathom them being here.  John and these three disciples… John should be about 2017 years old or so and these disciples really should be about the same age give or take 10-15 years.  One for each corner of the earth?  Four men to always stand for Christ here on the earth.

It is great to read about the transformation of these three men and the powers that they were given by the Lord.  And then Mormon shares with us his personal experience that these three men did indeed minister unto him.  Mormon tells us in verses 27-28 “they will be among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles shall know them not.  They will also be among the Jews, and the Jews shall know them not.”  But nevertheless, these men will do great and mighty works to bring people unto Christ and into His fold.  Verse 33 boasts our featured picture today and reminds us that if we had a full account of all of Christs’ works that we would know what would come to pass.   Isn’t that a great thought?  Followed by some great warnings in verses 34-35.

Mormon closes out this chapter with some follow up information regarding the Second Coming of Christ and the transfiguration of the three disciples and what it is that they will have done unto them.

I do hope that you learned a tad bit here… I love this gospel and love having my scriptures open to share with each of you.  I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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3 Nephi 27

There are still four chapters to get through this week.  I had every intention of having these posts already done and scheduled, but life got away from me and they are not complete.  Anyway, please remember that we are looking at using the substitution study skill to place ourselves in the scriptures and help liken them unto ourselves.

As 3 Nephi 27 launches we read that Nephi and the other 11 disciples are out preaching what Christ had taught them, baptizing, fasting and gathering in mighty prayer.  While they were going about their duties, Jesus Christ again showed himself unto them and he asked in verse two “What will ye that I shall give unto you?”  Can you hear him say this to you… use that substitution.  “what will ye, Samantha, that I shall give unto you?”   Of course, one must ask in righteousness and the disciples asked him what they should call the church.  Christ’s answer is simple, everything you do, you shall do unto the Father in my name, therefore call the church after my name.

I really like the way that Christ continues to expound on this topic in verse 10-11 and he says “if it so be that the church is built upon my gospel then will the Father show forth his own works in it.  But if it be not built upon my gospel, and is built upon the works of men, or upon the works of the devil, verily I say unto you they have joy in their works for a season, and by and by the end cometh, and they are hewn down and cast into the fire, from whence there is no return.” We can understand from this that anything that we do that is built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ will be watched over and blessed with the hand of the Lord and anything that is not will only last a season and will come to a deplorable end.

I see in verse 13 that once again Christ mentions the will of the Father… this is a recurring 3 Nephi 27 13theme for me in  my life right now.    Moving on.

From verse 14-33 we have a dissertation by Christ.  I don’t want to detract from what He has to say, but I will try to give a brief summary.  He explains the reasoning for his crucifixion, the power of judgement at the last day, he explains who can and can not enter into the kingdom of heaven, gives commandments for those that choose to follow Him and do as He does.  He directs that His works and the history of the people be written, that 12 will stand as judges of the Nephite people at the last day, reminds us to ask and ye shall receive.  He closes with a prophecy of the fourth generation from the current time and the sorrows that will be had because of their choices.  Verse 33 ends in part with this quote “Enter ye in at the strait gate, for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad the way which leads to death, and many there be that travel therein,until the night cometh, wherein no man can work.”

I leave this for you to ponder on how to apply this to yourself, I do pray that each of you is walking on that narrow path.  If you aren’t, do what you can to head that way.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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3 Nephi 26

I don’t recall if the last post that I wrote I knew of the study skill for this week, so if i already told you, disregard this intro…. if not, well then, we’re going to use substitution.  Within 3 Nephi 26 there aren’t a ton of places to use it, but there is one spot that I found really important.

We are taught to liken the scriptures unto ourselves.  And sometimes this is just plain hard to do. With the substitution study skill, it is a whole lot easier.  At the commencement of this chapter we’re going to use it through the first two verses…. so for me it would read: “And now it came to pass that when Jesus had told these things he expounded them unto you, Samantha; and he did expound all things unto you,Samantha, both great and small.  And he saith: These scriptures, which ye, Samantha, had not with you, the Father commanded that I should give unto you, Samantha; for it was wisdom in him that they should be given unto future generations.”

Wow!  The scriptures are for me.  Read that again.  Insert your own name.  The scriptures are for you too.  Jesus Christ said so himself.

As this chapter continues we learn that not even 1/100 of what Christ taught the people in his resurrected stated could be written.  Some of his teachings were not written in order to test our faith, and some was not written because it was too precious to be recorded and forbidden by the Lord.

I found some interesting verbiage in verse 13, but since I’m not sure that I understand it completely, I don’t want to get into it here as I don’t want to be saying something that is incorrect.  But I am going to ask a my question for some better insight later this week when I have the chance…. I can’t wait to share it here on my blog if my thoughts are going the right direction.

Back to the chapter.  Mormon continues his writing and only writes what he is commanded to.  The chapter closes with the apostles that were previously chosen teaching, ministering and baptizing those that believed on Jesus Christ and His teachings.

I leave this with you in the name of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

 

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3 Nephi 24

I am still working ahead here…. I guess there may be 10 or so posts with no study skill, but I really think that’s okay at this point.  We’re going to get some really good meat from here on to the end of the Book of Mormon.  These last few chapters and from there on out is pretty darn excellent reading!

Jesus Christ commanded the Nephites to write the words which Heavenly father gave to Malachi.  And so Jesus told the words to the Nephites and they wrote: “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom ye seek shall 3 Nephi 24 2.1suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.  But who may abide the day of his coming, and who shall stand when he appeareth?  For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap.  And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge then as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.”    So a refiners fire burns so hot that it gets the impurities out of the metal that is being liquefied…. and fullers soap is made from vegetable alkali and ashes and some other things, but the point is, it is used to scrub things very clean.  Thus we see that Christ will clean and purify at the second coming.

We also read that He is unchanging; this is not the first time I have mentioned this.  It is just a fact, one of those truths that needs be accepted.  And if you struggle with this idea, ponder and pray on it.

We are reminded to pay our tithes and offerings from Jesus.  He tells us not to rob God, and by not paying our tithes and offerings as directed, we are doing just that.  He then reminds us to serve him and fear him, because when the day come, those of us that did so will be in the book of remembrance and will be spared “as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”  Do not be prideful and do not serve vain gods.  Be righteous.

I know, easier said than done at times, but do your best.  When you fail, get on your knees in prayer unto the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, ask for forgiveness and repent fully.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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