Nov 15 2011 3 Nephi 12-14 by Morissa Rich

  Commentary on The Sermon at the Temple:
“It is the Lord’s blueprint for perfection…
  It is a revelation of Christ’s character;
  [His] autobiography….”                                                            President Harold B. Lee
“…the knee – buckling sermon…”                                               Elder Jeffery R. Holland
“It is of burning-bush importance to all of us….As we accept this message, we are taking our personal stand in this life.”                                           Elder James E. Faust
How The Sermon at the Temple differs from The Sermon on the Mount:
 “In Third Nephi, Jesus is speaking as God, with maximal authority.
The people at Bountiful all recognize and embrace Jesus as their Redeemer.
They are commanded to defer to new leaders and be bapitzed.
They know the law of Moses is fulfilled … and the focus of moral behavior is on Jesus Christ himself.”
                                                                      Grant Hardy, Understanding The Book of Mormon

“The apostolic and prophetic foundation of the Church was to bless in all times, but especially in times of adversity or danger, times when we might feel like children, confused or disoriented, perhaps a little fearful.  Against such times, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are commissioned by God and sustained by you as prophets, seers, and revelators…. In such days as we are now in, the storms of life ‘ shall have no power over you.’”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“The Beatitudes are not quiet, philosophical stars in a summer night. Rather, they are lightning bolts and thunderclaps of spiritual surprise!”
Elder Robert E. Wells
“The Beatitudes [are] a recipe for righteousness with  incremental steps, beginning with the poor in spirit who come unto Christ.  The next step is to mourn, especially for our sins, for ‘godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation’”.
Elder Spencer J. Condie“Blessed are the Meek”
“Meekness is more than self-restraint; it is the presentation of self in a posture of kindness and gentleness, reflecting certitude, strength, serenity, and a healthy self-esteem and self-control…The meek think of more clever things to say than are said.  And it’s just as well, for there is so much more cleverness in the world than wisdom, so much more sarcasm than idealism.”
Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“Hungering and thirsting translates to sheer spiritual labor….  Spiritual work works!”                                                                                                                   Sister Sherrie Dew

“A broken heart and a contrite spirit prescribes the need to be submissive, compliant, humble (that is teachable), and willingly obedient.”                                                             
                                                                             Elder Richard G. Scott

“Let us do the best we can and try to improve each day.  When our imperfections appear, we can keep trying to correct them.  We can be more forgiving of flaws in ourselves and among those we love.  We can be comforted and forbearing.  The Lord taught, “Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now…; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.”                                                                  Elder Russell M. Nelson